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Justice served as Liverpool crowned undisputed champions to sound of silence in a season like no other

Tommy Conlon



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Liverpool fan Anthony Furns wraps a scarf around the Bill Shankly statue outside Anfield. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Liverpool fan Anthony Furns wraps a scarf around the Bill Shankly statue outside Anfield. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Liverpool fan Anthony Furns wraps a scarf around the Bill Shankly statue outside Anfield. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

In an ideal world they'd have won it with their boots on, at Anfield, in front of a crowd volcanic with emotion. Instead they won it with their boots off and their feet up watching television, looking at the champions hand them the crown via defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It was shortly after 10pm on Thursday. Manchester City had formally abdicated, Liverpool FC were crowned champions of England without the cup, without a game to turn into a victory parade, without their adoring masses on all sides. Sometimes the fixture schedule and the mathematics conspire to deprive new champions of the perfect crowning moment.

Instead, Liverpool's players began their celebrations in a high-end golf club on the edge of the city as soon as the final whistle went at the Bridge. The full pomp and pageantry of a coronation in their home stadium would have to wait for another day. It might have to wait for another year; or it might never happen at all. Anfield will again be empty when the new sovereigns make their entrance there next Sunday. Before that, the same fixture schedule will send them to the Etihad on Thursday for a diplomatically-awkward appointment with City. A guard of honour from Guardiola and his defenestrated champs? The timing is definitely a little bit raw.