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’.
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 £75million — 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.
Soon after, Jurgen Klopp recruited Alisson to replace living liabilities Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
Kalidou Koulibaly 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 marquee purchase of Mateo Kovacic, fresh off the Croatia’s impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup.
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.
Marco Reus issued a ‘come and get me plea’ to Klopp — an invitation the gaffer could not refuse given the winger’s new robotic ligaments.
And when Thomas Lemar was revealed as a deadline day signing, Paddy Power decided to pay out on Liverpool winning the title — a decision that was later justified.
Here’s a reminder of how Liverpool lined-up for their first game of the season against newly-promoted Wolves…
Klopp’s favourite XI at the time is well-known but with the likes of Sadio Mane, Ben Woodburn, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and World Cup winners Dominic Solanke and Adam Lallana on the hoverbench, Liverpool’s success wavery much down to effective rotation.
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 — 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.
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 (again) 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.
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 Reus topped the assists charts with a record-breaking haul of 21.
Van Dijk, Keita and captain Robertson 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.
Yep, that all definitely happened…
Dream Team World Cup has landed!
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.