#COVID19Chronicles-103: July 26, 2020-End of a long and surreal football 2019/20 season #YNWA

All the leagues games are done in the professional leagues in England; [layoffs are still coming in the Championship League. The premier league fixtures were all played simultaneously today. With the title already decided, the main interest was in securing places for European football and bottom three spots for relegation. Leicester Ended 5th and will get European football, which was really their season’s goal, and could have been better but for a string of injuries to key first team players in the run in. Jamie Vardy wins the Golden Boot.

Watford go down, and were the masters of their own sorry demise—sacking three managers in the season, including with two games to play :(. Their solace of sorts, was outplaying Liverpool at Vicarage Road to inflict a first defeat on the Reds this season, 3-0. But, they rarely showed such flair or fight. I feel sorry for Bournemouth and Eddie Howe, and hope luck favours them for a quick return. Villa, unable to stop goals, again got a needed one from Jack Grealish, whom I suspect will not have to wear that ghastly away strip ever again. 😦

Liverpool FC were the talk of the season and deserved champions from so far out that it was embarrassing, in a way; having a 25 point lead before the pandemic-enforced break. Many stories will be written about the season.

This sequence defines for me the season Liverpool had: a pass directly from goalkeeper to striker-vision to see the best pass; a searing run, holding off strong resistance-determination to not be second best; a clinical finish-making the most of chances; a run the length of the field by the goalie to celebrate his assist-job done, now let’s celebrate; a good win sealed at 2-0. Great team performance.

After that win in mid-January, Liverpool moved to a 16 point lead over reigning Champions, Manchester City, with a game in hand; 30 points clear of Man. United, in 5th!

Courtesy: BBC Sport

They finished 33 points ahead of Man U, who ended 3rd!

Heading into the final game, Liverpool’s manager laid out the plan for the future: “We will stay greedy”.

The trophy is theirs, so how would they fare on the last day?

The team started by resting five key first teamers and gave up a goal in the first minute—earliest all season. But, they didn’t panic and came back to win 3-1 against Newcastle, deservedly, with the win sealed by Mane, coming on as sub.

Liverpool ended with a record 32 wins—matching the all-time best by Man. City:

They amassed 99 points, 2 more than last season’s amazing total for runner’s up.

More than enough to be proud of, and the fans have yet to celebrate with the team.

YNWA.

 

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)