The Reds go marching back in

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Chelsea’s win over Manchester City on Thursday night confirmed Liverpool as champions of England for the first time since 1990.

There can be no doubting the Reds’ superiority in this interrupted season and any talk of an ‘asterisk’ beside their name in the record books is churlish. From a kits point of view, their victory ends a six-season stretch.

With Liverpool (19) now second behind Manchester United (20) at the top of the roll of honour and Arsenal (13) in third, title wins for teams in red shirts tend to happen quite often, but this is the first since United’s most recent in 2013.

In the meantime, Manchester City won the league three times (2014, 2018 and 2019) with Chelsea claiming two (2014 and 2016) and Leicester City the other (2015).

You have to go back to the late 1950s/early 1960s for the last time there was such a red-less run of champions – and coincidentally, it started after a Manchester United victory and was ended by a Liverpool one.

After the Busby Babes won in 1957, Wolverhampton Wanderers went back-to-back before Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, Ipswich Town and Everton all came out on top. Liverpool, in their last full season in white shorts and socks, claimed their sixth title in 1964.

Since then, the longest sequence before 2013 without a team in red winning was two years, on three occasions (1968-70, 1973-75, 2004-06)

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