Liverpool could join Arsenal and Rangers in winning the league at their rivals
Liverpool could deal Everton the ultimate humiliation by winning the Premier League title in their backyard next month as football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.
The two sides are set to meet in the Merseyside derby during the first weekend of full fixtures following the restart with plenty to play for – and that’s an understatement!
The Reds sit 25 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City as they look to win their first-league title in 30 years.
Having won 27 of 29 games played this term – drawing one and losing the other to Watford – Liverpool only need six points from their last nine games to be handed the trophy.
Should City lose their first game back to the Gunners on June 17, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confirmed as champions if they beat rivals Everton just a few days later.
A result against the Toffees next month could see them join the exclusive list of clubs that have been fortunate enough to claim a title in their rival’s backyard.
Including those such as Arsenal who won at both Old Trafford and While Hart Lane and Rangers who secured the title at Celtic Park in 1999.
1989 – Arsenal win at Anfield
Regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history, Arsenal won the league title against Liverpool at Anfield in the final moments of the game.
Liverpool, the defending champions, had won 17 of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions. The Merseyside team were expected to win again as they hadn’t lost by two goals at Anfield since February 1986.
Whereas Arsenal, the underdogs, were trying to win the title for the first time since 1971 and needed to win by two or more goals to secure the title.
Arsenal manager George Graham used Steve Bould as a third central defender and his 3-5-2 system was designed to frustrate.
There were no goals in the first half but the complexion of the game changed dramatically after an opening goal from Alan Smith on 52 minutes gave the visitors hope.
Before an injury-time winner from Michael Thomas made their title dreams become a reality.
1999 – Rangers win at Celtic Park
Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic are known for their sectarian songs, offensive banners, fierce atmospheres and violence.
The Glasgow derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, let alone the result of the match leading to the confirmation of the title.
On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to the Celtic Park in hope of clinching the title by winning the Old Firm.
Rangers won the game 3-0 thanks to Neil McCann and Jorg Albertz, securing the title at Celtic Park that will live long in the memory for any Gers supporters.
However, the game was later dubbed as the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of incidents during the game.
Fans tried to invade the pitch twice while the game was being played and also targeted referee Hugh Dallas by throwing a coin at his head during the match. Dallas was forced to receive treatment on the pitch.
Dallas went on to award a penalty to Rangers and send off two Celtic players, causing more drama.
2002 – Arsenal win at Old Trafford
Arsenal made the trip to Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the 2001-2002 campaign, in the hope of sealing an historic Double.
Four days before the trip to Manchester, the Gunners won the FA Cup beating Chelsea 2-0 with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.
Despite the absence of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on May 8, 2002, Wenger’s side secured the title after Sylvain Wiltord, on his 100th appearance for the club, slotted home the winner.
The Gunners finished seven points clear of United and ended the campaign with 13 consecutive victories as they went unbeaten away from home and scored in all 38 matches.
2004 – Arsenal win at White Hart Lane
April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the Premier League title at White Hart Lane and celebrated in front of the home fans.
Understandably, a move that made waves and fuelled the flames even further of the Gunners’ long-running rivalry with fellow north Londoners Tottenham.
Though, celebrations were in order as Arsene Wenger’s team went on to win the Premier League without a single defeat – earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’
Tottenham, did however, hold The Invincibles to a 2-2 draw, with a late equaliser from Robbie Keane, but one point was enough to seal the deal.