Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson made reference to Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous comments from the past by saying the Reds are ‘back on their perch’ after winning the title.
Ferguson, who won 13 Premier Leagues with Manchester United, declared that his biggest achievement was “knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch” after he helped United leapfrog the Reds in terms of overall domestic titles won.
United have won 20 in total, but Liverpool’s success this season brings them up to 19, and they certainly look the more likely of the two teams to win more in the coming years.
Speaking following Chelsea’s win over Manchester City, which sealed the title for Liverpool, Thompson couldn’t resist bringing up Ferguson’s comments up again.
“We are back on our perch. It’s been a long time coming,’ said Thompson. “I didn’t use the expletives that came before it, but we are back. It’s been a long time coming.
“It’s been a generation, 30 years. Yes we’ve had the Champions League, but for Liverpool it has always been about the championship. And we have not been able to get our hands on it. And it’s been a burden to everybody.
“All our managers have had to carry it. And I think now, to Jurgen Klopp, the players, my utter congratulations because it has been hard. It has been the holy grail and we’ve done it tonight.”
Thompson thinks this could be the greatest Liverpool team of all time, and they remain on course to record the record number of points ever in a Premier League season.
“There’ve been some really good teams, but not as good as this,” he added. “97 points last year, playing some wonderful football and didn’t bring it home. There was a lot of people who were giggling and thinking ‘you’re not going to get that chance again, it’s not going to come your way’.
“To go again and compete with this Manchester City is absolutely wonderful. If this team stays together, and I think they will, they can do it again next year. They’ll be a hell of a team to beat next year.”