Liverpool's eight game-changing moments that made them Premier League champions

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Liverpool are officially the 2019/20 Premier League champions whether you like it or not.

In truth, the writing has been on the wall for a long, long time and the mid-season break brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic only served to delay Liverpool fans' moment in the sun.

But after 30 years of watching other teams lift the trophy, the Reds can finally celebrate ending their drought and actually say 'it's our year' without instantly becoming a meme.

So, what was the key to Liverpool's success? Besides, we're not just talking about any team of champions, we're talking about a team of champions on course for the greatest points tally ever.

But even though Liverpool have only lost once and drawn twice, there have still been plenty of moments throughout the season that you can point to as being game-changers.

Liverpool's Premier League glory

And in celebration of Liverpool's historic achievement, we've decided to look back on those very moments to reminisce on a season where Jurgen Klopp's men have been in a league of their own.

From last-minute winners, clangers from opponents and even some VAR controversy along the way, here are the eight pivotal moments to which Liverpool owe their Premier League glory the most:

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1. Dean Henderson's howler at Bramall Lane

Having looked pretty comfortable through their first six games, the trip to Sheffield United was the first potential banana skin for the Reds and they were almost made to settle for a point.

Chris Wilder's men did a fantastic job of grinding away at the Reds and it wasn't until the 70th minute when an individual mistake of huge proportions flipped the game on its head.

Dean Henderson has arguably been the Premier League's best goalkeeper this season, but spilling Georginio Wijnaldum's bang average strike into the net was truly a moment to forget. 

2. James Milner holding his nerve vs Leicester City

You only need to look at the league table to see how impressive Leicester have been in 2019/20, particularly early in the season, and they were seconds away from leaving Anfield with a point.

James Maddison's equaliser with 10 minutes to play threatened to take the wind out of Liverpool's sails, but they won a penalty deep into stoppage time and everything hinged on Milner.

Thankfully for Kopites, the club's resident veteran held his nerve from the penalty spot to keep the club's momentum going.

3. Adam Lallana saving the unbeaten run at Old Trafford

However, the biggest threat to Liverpool's purple patch in 2019 came when they faced the prospect of losing their unbeaten run at Old Trafford after Marcus Rashford's opening goal.

It could have been a result that left the door open for reigning champions Manchester City, but the Reds once again showed their resolve by popping up with an 85th-minute leveller.

It's typical of the spirit that Klopp has instilled on Merseyside that Adam Lallana, essentially a mere squad player these days, was the man to pop with such a crucial goal late on.

4. Sadio Mane's stoppage-time winner vs Aston Villa

Dropping points away to newly-promoted Villa would have been a real blow to Liverpool's confidence in the title race and that was exactly the prospect they faced with three minutes to go.

Trézéguet had fired Dean Smith's men into the lead and it wasn't until the 87th minute that a rare goal from Andrew Robertson even gave the Reds a sniff of drawing as opposed to losing.

But in a heroic comeback worthy of champions, Liverpool ramped their momentum-o-meter into overdrive by snatching a winner courtesy of Mane more than four minutes into time added on.

5. 13 minutes of destruction vs Manchester City

The big one, right? City fans will forever complain about the refereeing decisions during this game and most notably Trent Alexander-Arnold's 'handball' after merely six minutes.

Had Liverpool not dodged that VAR bullet, they would have conceded a penalty early doors and wouldn't have gone down the other end of the pitch to take the lead courtesy of Fabinho's belter.

That, in turn, paved the way for Mohamed Salah to score a quick-fire second and round off a 13-minute flurry of madness that arguably killed off City's title challenge for good.

6. Trent Alexander-Arnold's masterclass at Leicester

But City weren't the only challengers to Liverpool's would-be throne and the trip to the King Power Stadium looked an ominous one for the Reds on Boxing Day. Oh how wrong we were.

Instead of being a titanic title tussle, Liverpool asserted their authority as the best team in the land with a 4-0 thrashing that featured an unbelievable performance from Alexander-Arnold.

The world's best right-back assisted two goals for Roberto Firmino, before popping up with a screamer of his own to neutralise Brendan Rodger's title charge.

7. Alisson Becker's assist for Mohamed Salah

However, United threatened to be another bump in the Liverpool road having held them at Old Trafford and Virgil van Dijk's early goal did little to alleviate the pressure in an entertaining tie.

It's no wonder then that Liverpool finally getting their second goal of the game in stoppage time after surviving the siege provoked such wild celebrations on Merseyside.

Alisson ran the length of the pitch after turning provider to Salah who, despite often being subdued after scoring, couldn't contain his emotions by wildly shouting and ditching his jersey.

8. Fighting back to win against Bournemouth

Of course, we all know that Liverpool haven't in fact gone the season unbeaten and that a shock 3-0 defeat at Watford ultimately ended their dreams, so getting back on track afterwards was crucial.

Liverpool's situation was made worse by losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League just days before and they went 1-0 down against the relegation-fighting Cherries after nine minutes.

But goals from Salah and Mane as well as a heroic goal-line clearance from Milner rounded off the type of gritty performance that champions need in the toughest of times.

Liverpool worthy winners

Just imagine if Henderson had made that save or City had won a penalty at Anfield or Liverpool had lost two on the trot. Who knows, things could have been very different.

Highlighting contentious or lucky moments aren't a criticism against Liverpool, though; rather it goes to show that even the greatest of teams need a little fortune on their sides.

Besides, they say history is written by the winners and Liverpool will have plenty to say about this season for decades to come after 30 years of hurt. Brace yourself, ladies and gents.

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