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Remembering Liverpool’s title-winning heroes of the 2018/19 season

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Time to take a trip down memory lane.

Before the European Super League we know and tolerate today came into existence, the game’s most entertaining football could be found in the English Premier League.

Here, with our lizard overlords’ permission, we’re going to take a look back at the last team to win the Premier League before ‘The Incident’.

It was a simpler, happier time

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It was a simpler, happier time

Those who have not yet had their memories erased in the mandatory mass-wipings will remember Liverpool’s title-winning heroes of 2018/19 with great fondness.

The Merseyside revolution all started way back in December of 2017 when the club confirmed the signing of Virgil van Dijk for Β£75million β€” which works out at about 17 Bitcoin in today’s market.

At the time, Liverpool were known for their leaky defence, but the Dutchman’s arrival triggered for a reversal in fortunes.

Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player! πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄ Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football! I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come ⚽️ I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton. I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ Thank you for all the messages of support πŸ’ͺ🏾 I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started πŸ”΄ #YNWA

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Soon after, Jurgen Klopp recruited Kevin Trapp to replace the Chuckle Brothers, aka Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, and the German keeper became a reliable No1.

Aymeric Laporte was then signed in the summer to partner Van Dijk at the heart of the defence with the pair establishing a telepathic understanding almost immediately.

Naby Keita’s much-anticipated arrival was accompanied with the purchase of Leon Goretzka, fresh off the German’s impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup.

Naby Keita pictured for his old club RB Leipzig – back when Red Bull only owned a few clubs rather than several thousand

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Naby Keita pictured for his old club RB Leipzig – back when Red Bull only owned a few clubs rather than several thousand

With Emre Can leaving on a free and Jordan Henderson mercifully retiring at the age of 28, the Reds underwent a serious makeover in midfield.

Philippe Coutinho’s sensational decision to reject Barcelona and take up the captain’s armband at Anfield made him a club legend instantaneously.

And when Thomas Lemar was revealed as a deadline day signing, Paddy Power decided to pay out on Liverpool winning the title β€” a decision that was latter justified.

Here’s a reminder of how Liverpool lined-up for their first game of the season against newly-promoted Wolves…

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Klopp’s favourite XI at the time is well-known but with the likes of Sadio Mane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and World Cup winners Dominic Solanke and Adam Lallana on the hoverbench, Liverpool’s success was at least partly down to effective rotation.

Sales of hairbands sky-rocketed following Lallana’s goal in the World Cup final

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Sales of hairbands sky-rocketed following Lallana’s goal in the World Cup final

The first real test of the season came after six games when the Reds hosted neighbours Everton in a dramatic Merseyside derby.

Toffees’ boss Sam Allardyce named five No10s in his starting line-up but instructed his team to lump it over their heads β€” a tactic which backfired spectacularly.

Mohamed Salah bagged his first hat-trick of the season with Bobby Firmino and Naby Keita also on the scoresheet in a 5-0 win at Anfield.

Jordan Pickford later claimed the glare off Firmino’s teeth blinded him at various points throughout the game but there was no doubt Everton had been outclassed.

Like an eclipse, you mustn’t look directly at them

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Like an eclipse, you mustn’t look directly at them

December brought a passing of the torch as Liverpool beat champions Man City 3-0 at the Etihad.

Van Dijk put on a masterclass to keep Gabriel Jesus and co quiet while the attacking unit tore their opponents apart on the break.

Keita’s firm but fair tackle on Kevin De Bruyne in the first minute made the Belgian shy away from the action and he was removed at half-time.

Klopp and Coutinho laughing at Barcelona’s pathetic offer of Β£500million

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Klopp and Coutinho laughing at Barcelona’s pathetic offer of Β£500million

Victories against Chelsea, Man United, Spurs and Arsenal followed as Klopp’s troops swaggered to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League crown.

Salah and Firmino shared the Golden Boot with 25 goals each while Coutinho topped the assists charts with a record-breaking haul of 21.

Van Dijk and Keita joined their team-mates in Team of the Year in a historic and momentous season for Liverpool.

The open-top bus parade was famously cancelled due to electrosmog created by ‘The Incident’ but not even being enslaved by our noble lizard overlords could take the shine off Liverpool’s achievements for their fans.

Anfield was later expanded to accommodate an extra 20,000 holograms

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Anfield was later expanded to accommodate an extra 20,000 holograms

And to think, it all started with the signing of Virgil van Dijk in 2017…


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