Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League title at Anfield with former captains in attendance but had Steven Gerrard missing in the celebrations.
Frank Lampard was seething from the 5-3 humiliation but there were fireworks in the background. Liverpool had ended their 30-year title drought and it was time for festivities.
Jurgen Klopp had delivered what many had failed at. The Reds had made their mark on cup competitions but consistency had cost them the Premier League title before.
But not this time. The German had added remarkable efficiency and it was paying dividends.
Steven Gerrard shared that he had the utmost belief in Klopp’s abilities and knew his appointment was the right one.
“I was on board and all in with Jurgen from day one – from the start he made everyone believe they were about to go on a special journey,” Express reported Gerrard saying in the Channel 4 TV documentary about Jurgen Klopp.
“So I was immensely proud when I saw him deliver the title – and there was relief, from waiting so long as a fan and as a player.”
“To watch what it meant for all those players and all the people around them was special.”
Everyone associated with the club was pleased with the achievement. At the celebrations, everyone was there but hometown hero Gerrard.
While former captains took out time for this historic achievement, Stevie G was missing. The Anfield legend explained that he did not want to take any spotlight away from the players and decided to stay away.
“I was at home watching it on TV,” Gerrard added.
“I was invited to go and be around the players, be with them, but I thought the right thing to do was be at home with my family, and let the players celebrate and enjoy themselves.”
“The scenes were absolutely fantastic.”
“There was no happier house in Formby than my house let me tell you.”