Today should’ve been a day that went down in the Liverpool history books – but will instead pass unremarkably.
May 9 was due to be the Reds final home match of the season, when they would have undoubtedly lifted the Premier League trophy.
Ronnie Moran, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans celebrate with the First Division title
Liverpool fans have been waiting 30 years for this day, but they are going to have to wait a bit longer.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen the Premier League suspended with Jurgen Klopps side needing just two wins to wrap up the title.
Talks about restarting football next month are ongoing, but even if the remaining games are played, fans wont be able to see Liverpool lift the trophy as it’ll almost certainly happen behind closed doors.
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The celebrations wont be the same as they were 30 years ago when the First Division trophy was paraded around the pitch.
The jubilation almost seemed somewhat muted because winning titles was such a regular occurrence for Liverpool.
Little did anyone think the great side would go a whole generation without finishing first in the top-tier.
Ian Rush with the First Division trophy
Kenny Dalglishs side wrapped up the title on April 28, 1990 with a 2-1 win over QPR at Anfield.
Aston Villa were the only side who stand in their way but a late implosion against Norwich ended their hopes of usurping the Reds.
Dalglish said: Okay, Norwich have done us a turn by drawing 3-3 but theyve done themselves a greater turn throughout the season. Theyve done it deservedly so. Theyve been the best and are the best.
There were wild celebrations when the title returned to Anfield in 1990
First of all we are going to enjoy this first. Weve got there on merit. If theres an English club going in hopefully it will be us and if not well just have to win it again next year.
When our game had finished someone said it was time up there as well. Obviously it wasnt and came back in and there was still a couple of minutes left.
The previous year, Liverpool had suffered heartbreak in the final game of the season where a defeat to Arsenal handed the Gunners the title.
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Dalglishs side were able to bounce back and reclaim their crown, which was incredibly their eighth top-flight triumph in 12 years.
You get over disappointment quickly enough, the manager said. You can never erase it from the record books. They got so close last year to winning the double for the second time in three or four years.
Theyve done it again this year. The consistency is undisputed and the performances throughout the season have been as good as anyone elses and better than most.
Who would’ve expected 30 years to pass without another title?
The only Liverpudlian in that side was Steve Nicol, who was proud to have won the title for his hometown club.
Steve Nicol said: Obviously we lost it in front of the home supporters last year and what a tremendous boost that is for them.
That will be a bonus for us (the European Cup). All we are worried about now is celebrating. Its been a long hard season and we missed out on the FA Cup, so I think its all worthwhile in the end.
Liverpool last won the league title in 1990
When asked about criticism on the side not being that good, he said: Well we are champions. It doesnt say much for the other teams in the First Division.
There was also a touching moment for Nicol in that game against QPR where they won the title where Alan Hanson gave him the captains armband.
Nicol added: Unbelievable. Im the proudest man on the pitch today, I think. Incredible, apart from being the only Scouser on the pitch today, I cant believe it.
The celebrations, if Liverpool win the title this year, will be somewhat different to what they were 30 years ago, but it seems only a matter of time before they do get their hands on that coveted league trophy one way or another.