Jordan Henderson becomes first Liverpool captain to raise the Premier League trophy
Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time amid fireworks in a special ceremony on the Kop at Anfield, following their thrilling 5-3 win over Chelsea.
The champions’ captain Jordan Henderson was handed the silverware by Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish as the Reds celebrated their first English title in 30 years in style, despite no fans being allowed in the stadium.
Liverpool had clinched the title with seven games to spare on June 25, when Chelsea beat second-placed Manchester City, but had to wait for the conclusion of their final home league game of the season to finally get their hands on the silverware.
The Reds kicked off the party early with a remarkable victory over Frank Lampard’s side to ensure they finish the season unbeaten at Anfield and make it 59 home league games without defeat.
After the match, Dalglish, who was manager the last time Liverpool were champions in 1989/90 and signed Henderson for Liverpool from Sunderland during his second spell in charge in 2011, passed over the trophy to the injured skipper.
“Walking up there was amazing,” Henderson told Sky Sports. “The lads deserved their moment. Thankfully, the families were up there watching, that was a big thing for us. It’s been an amazing season, to crown it off like that was special.”
With supporters absent due to the coronavirus restrictions, Liverpool had built a stage in their iconic stand for the presentation, while fans gathered and celebrated outside of Anfield.
James Milner was the only player in the Liverpool squad who had won the Premier League before and, after the match with Chelsea, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp reflected on a memorable night for the club.
“Special. Absolutely special. We don’t have to compare as we never have done it before,” the German said.
“We all know it could have been different. It could have been worse, for example, if we never won the game.
“The boys gave us the opportunity to have a really special night. I think a lot of people thought before the game one team fights for the Champions League, the other team is maybe already on the beach.
“But these boys are so special. I could not be more proud. Throwing a performance like this in on the pitch tonight… it was an open game but nice, nice goals.
“Incredible goals, super footballing moments. I loved the game. We could enjoy it and we will enjoy the rest of the night.”
Liverpool finish their 2019/20 campaign at Newcastle on Sunday at 4pm.