| 0.9°C Dublin

Reds to be champions but new standards can be set in process

Klopp's men guaranteed for the title but the manner in which they do it could be symbolic


Jurgen Klopp and his team can break many records on the way to the title

Jurgen Klopp and his team can break many records on the way to the title


Captain Jordan Henderson will be expected to lift the Premier League trophy in the next few months

Captain Jordan Henderson will be expected to lift the Premier League trophy in the next few months

Jurgen Klopp and his team can break many records on the way to the title

Liverpool supporters didn't envisage a script like this. With Jurgen Klopp's champions-elect a massive 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand on their rivals, one of the best teams English football has seen would need to implode in historic fashion to lose the title from here.

As Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola openly admits, it is a scenario that will not unfold between now and May.

Liverpool fans would have expected the end of their 30-year agonising wait for the title to be a drawn-out, nail-biting, terrifying experience.

For a generation of Liverpool fans who have never witnessed their team being crowned as champions of England, this is the fantasy that has always been out of reach.

After too many false dawns, Liverpool fans don't want to think about the picture-perfect scenes which see captain Jordan Henderson being presented with the Premier League trophy at Anfield.

The truth is, they can't bring themselves to imagine photographs of Klopp's beaming smile that also features a glistening trophy with that gold crown on top, but all this will happen, most probably after their final home game of the season against Chelsea on the second weekend in May.

Yet, while title glory is an enticing prospect to relish, it is the record and the symbolism of what is to come that is even more compelling.

Going unbeaten through the season and breaking every points record imaginable is also within reach for Liverpool, yet it is the date that they will be crowned as Premier League champions which could also have a hint of destiny around it.

Such is the scale of their lead at the top of the table that a title-clinching moment is almost certain to come in late March or April, with some of the venues and landmarks that could witness the moment of history offering up enticing storylines aplenty.

If Liverpool and their closest rivals all continue to gather points at their current rates, the European champions will win the Premier League title in the middle of March, when they travel to face Everton at Goodison Park.

Manchester United hold the current record for earliest title win - they sealed the championship of 2000/2001 under Alex Ferguson on April 14, 2001 with five games to spare and Liverpool could break that if they continue to win at such a relentless rate.

A more likely scenario could be a title-winning occasion in their 31st game of this remarkable season and, deliciously, that would come against soon to be dethroned champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Intriguingly, if Liverpool remain unbeaten between now and that clash against City, they will be looking to equal Arsenal's record of 49-games unbeaten between 2003 and 2004 in that fixture, with the prospect of winning the title and matching one of the great achievements of the modern game a delicious double.

However, many Liverpool fans may hope the title-clinching match comes a week later, when Aston Villa come to Anfield for a match that will be played a few days before the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Those who have heroically campaigned for justice for the 96 souls who lost their lives on that desperate day in Yorkshire in 1989 may suspect fate was steering Liverpool's title dream if that is the moment of their coronation.

Winning the title at Goodison Park, the Etihad Stadium or on the day when Klopp's side set a new benchmark by extending an unbeaten run to 50 matches against Aston Villa would add to a story that looks set to put this Liverpool team in a league of their own in the analogues of Premier League folklore.

It may be hard for some of their fans to comprehend what they are witnessing, but this is how their wait for Premier League glory comes to an end.

At last, after 30 years of hurt, it is now a matter of when and not if the Premier League silverware is placed in the Anfield trophy cabinet.