Runners up Manchester City's loss against Chelsea F.C. on June 25 clinched the title for the Reds as the point difference (23 points) has become insurmountable for the league's remaining games. And then, finally, Willian's penalty, after Fernandinho's red card, was the goal which saw Liverpool over the line. "It is an incredible achievement from my players. and a pure joy for me to coach them".
They infamously squandered a golden opportunity to win the title in 2014 under manager Brendan Rodgers, when Reds captain Steven Gerrard made a costly slip in a late-season defeat against Chelsea.
Liverpool set a record of 104 points from 38 Premier League matches (a maximum possible total of 114) with a 1-0 win over Spurs on January 11.
"Maybe we didn't arrive with the same passion", the Manchester City manager said Thursday after seeing his team's two-season hold on the Premier League title ended by Liverpool.
It was a statement of intent from Chelsea as they dismantled the old champions to crown the new.
Timo Werner is on his way to Chelsea. And that is what Liverpool should be aiming to do.
"Sir Alex was a master of staying at the top so, for me, our challenge is to make sure we don't go, say, 26 years until the next time we win it or more".
But it has been an agonising wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the virus lockdown forcing them to put the champagne on ice.
One result against City and a good performance is a great feeling tonight, but the reason we haven't amassed enough points is because of consistency, which those two teams have reached. It was tough, but the work ethic the lads put in throughout the game, the focus, how unsafe we were - we had the better chances - we deserved to win. "I took it off that day and never got it back". "He needs to keep working, he's a young player but he's got so much talent and he can get better and better". It's the best thing I can imagine and more than I could have ever dreamed of.
But Hislop believes they should still be anxious about United leapfrogging them and securing Champions League football ahead of them.
That would give them the ideal foundation going into next season, where fresh faces will look to lift Chelsea to even greater heights.