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The wait is over. Liverpool are Premier League champions.

The Reds officially clinched the first Premier League title in their history -- and their first English top-flight title in 30 years -- thanks to Manchester City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Thursday at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic and Willian became heroes to Liverpool supporters around the world, with their goals securing City's loss. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 36th minute, capitalizing on City's blunder in midfield. Kevin De Bruyne equalized with a stunning free kick in the 55th minute, but Willian gave the Blues the lead for good in the 83rd.

With seven matches to play, City's hopes of a three-peat were officially dashed. The league's reigning back-to-back champions fell 23 points behind Liverpool with the result.

Liverpool's title win is thus the latest and the earliest in the Premier League's history. The league's three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic ensured the former, but Liverpool's clinch with seven matches remaining is the soonest a Premier League side -- and one in the history of the English top flight -- have become champions.

That's a fitting honor for Liverpool, considering their end-to-end dominance of the Premier League this season. The Reds have been alone in first place on goal difference since the second week, and in sole possession on points since the third. Liverpool didn't drop points until drawing Manchester United in their ninth match of the campaign, and they didn't lose a match until a defeat at Watford in their 28th.

 

Liverpool's 2019-20 season will be remembered as one of, if not the best in Premier League history, and the Reds will soon lift the trophy they've waited so long to bring to Merseyside.