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Liverpool robbed of receiving their just coronation

Klopp's men must win again to earn proper crowning

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Liverpool players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool

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Liverpool players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool finally got their hands on the Premier League trophy last night and the manner of the presentation should inspire them to make sure this moment happens again next year.

It was always going to be a weird occasion at Anfield and even though the club did their very best to make the most of a difficult situation, the magic ingredient was lacking with no fans present.

After three decades of the long wait for an English title win, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy high while standing on a stage built on a deserted Kop, but there was no lap of honour, no moment to share with the club's wonderful supporters.

When you have waited this long, you might think nothing could take away from the glory of the moment, but there is no doubt that the circumstances we all find ourselves in tarnished the moment.

I don't say that from a sporting perspective because no-one can deny that Liverpool deserve to be champions after winning 27 of their first 29 games and making a mockery of a title race that never really had any other team in it.

Occasion

Yet it should have been an occasion to remember at Anfield and it was lacking the colour and noise we should have had.

The flares would have been lit outside as the team bus drove in, the playing of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' would have been very special before the game and then the moment of lifting that silverware would have been priceless.

All that was taken away from Jurgen Klopp and his players amid this Covid-19 pandemic and that was a shame, as they deserved more than they got last night.

Now Klopp has to use the memory of last night to fire the starting gun on next season because he needs to get his troops firing again as they aim to defend their title and set up a proper title celebration at Anfield when, hopefully, the world has resumed some kind of normality next year.

Everyone who loves Liverpool should celebrate the title win in the best way they can, but I would encourage Klopp to tell his players that he wants the second Premier League trophy lift at Anfield to be an occasion fit for his kings.

At this moment, they are European champions, world champions and Premier League champions so anyone who suggests the dropped points in the last few matches takes anything away from what they achieved is talking nonsense.

There is no doubt that Klopp's players have lost their focus since the title win was confirmed and I appreciate how that can happen, as I was part of a Liverpool team that won the league with a few games to spare in the 1987/88 season and we switched off after that.

Yet they will need to be bang at it when the new season gets underway in September and they get used to being the team to beat, the champions everyone wants to try and knock off their perch.

Klopp should tell his players that they need to create a moment when they can have a proper title-winning party at Anfield, but it won't be as easy to win the title next season and he knows that.

The dip in form from his players over the last few weeks can be explained by the lack of motivation after the title was won and the fact that they are playing in empty stadiums, which is an alien concept to footballers.

I hope that the real Liverpool will come out of their shell and start firing when the next Premier League season gets underway in mid-September, but they will face much stronger challenges than they did this season.

Battle

Manchester City will spend big now that they have beaten UEFA in the battle over their finances and I expect Pep Guardiola to splash the cash and try to find a way to tighten his dodgy defence that was exposed again in their FA Cup defeat against Arsenal last Saturday.

Chelsea will be stronger as they have already made two good signings in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with more on the way if the reports we are reading are accurate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made progress at Manchester United and they can't be as dreadful as they have been this season, while I'd also expect Tottenham and Arsenal to be stronger next season.

I don't expect Liverpool to get 90 points for a third successive season if there is more competition at the top of the table, but Klopp's side should still be a force to be reckoned with so long as they get their focus back quickly and maybe add a couple of new faces to freshen up the squad.

Future battles can be put to one side now as this is a moment to hail the best team in England as they get the coronation they are due.

Liverpool are back where they belong - the undisputed kings of English football.