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The venues and dates that could witness Liverpool's Premier League coronation offer huge significance on so many levels


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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with the trophy and team mates after winning the Champions League Final.  REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with the trophy and team mates after winning the Champions League Final. REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with the trophy and team mates after winning the Champions League Final. REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo

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

Yet Liverpool fans refuse to believe the inevitable as when their 30-year wait for a Premier League title comes to an end, those with the liver bird tattooed on their hearts expect their agony 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 their picture-perfect scene that sees 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.

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Jurgen Klopp is refusing to get carried away (John Walton/PA)

Jurgen Klopp is refusing to get carried away (John Walton/PA)

Jurgen Klopp is refusing to get carried away (John Walton/PA)

Yet while title glory is an enticing prospect to relish, it is the record and 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 the date that they could be crowned as Premier League champions may 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 could come in late March or April, with some of the venues and landmarks that may witness the moment of history offering up enticing storylines.

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 on 2000/2001 under Alex Ferguson on April 14, 2001 with five games to spare. Liverpool could break that if they continue to win at such a relentless rate.

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

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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 their 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 Premier League silverware is placed in the Anfield trophy cabinet.

RECORDS LIVERPOOL CAN TARGET THIS SEASON

  • They are 11 games away from equalling Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten Premier League run between 2003 and 2004. Their 49th game would come against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium
  • Liverpool could still reach 112 points if they win their remaining 17 games, breaking Manchester City's record of 100 points.
  • Manchester City hold the record for most wins in a Premier League season (32) in their 2017/18 title-winning season. Liverpool need 13 victories from their remaining 17 games to break that total. City also set the record for consecutive Premier League wins in that season with 18 and Liverpool are currently on a 12-game winning run.
  • They could become the first club to win every home game since English top-flight since Sunderland in 1891-92 (and they only had to win 13 games).
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