Liverpool lift Premier League trophy: Five greatest and five worst trophy-lifting games

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Liverpool fans only have a few hours to wait until they lift the Premier League trophy.

Not only have the Reds been forced to wait 30 years to end their league title drought, but their rapid rise to victory this season has meant a protracted wait to get their hands on the silverware.

It feels like decades ago that Liverpool were crowned champions when former title-holders Manchester City failed to win against tonight's opponents Chelsea.

Liverpool ready to lift the trophy

And although Jurgen Klopp's men could lose 20-0 on Merseyside and still celebrate all night long with the trophy, they'll be desperate to go into the ceremony on the high of victory.

Liverpool will be hoping to channel the sort of performances that saw them win 26 of their first 27 games as opposed to the form that's delivered just three victories since the restart.

But what do the history books tell us about trophy-lifting games? Well, such is the unpredictable nature of the Premier League, it's fair to say there's been a wide-ranging batch of results.

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Trophy-lifting matches

So, ahead of Liverpool's crowning moment tonight, we decided to look at some of the greatest displays from champions lifting the trophies and some of the most embarrassing as well.

Check out five results that Liverpool will be hoping to avoid ahead of the Jordan Henderson shuffle as well as five score-lines they'll be hoping to emulate down below: 

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Worst

1. Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn Rovers (1994/95)

Blackburn would never have gone down as Premier League champions if it wasn't for the fact Manchester United failed to capitalise on this potentially-damning defeat at Liverpool.

In the end, United failing to win at Upton Park meant that it didn't matter, but that doesn't make relinquishing a 1-0 lead to one of your north-west rivals and losing to a last-minute belter from Jamie Redknapp any less painful.

At least Sir Kenny Dalglish got to lift a league trophy at Anfield again, mind. How apt does that sound on a day like today?

2. Manchester United 0-1 Derby County (2000/01)

You get the feeling that United sort of threw in the towel once their third consecutive Premier League title was confirmed, also losing away to Southampton and Tottenham after this result.

But the worst of the lot was suffering defeat at Old Trafford to the team seventeenth in the table without even scoring.

3. Chelsea 1-0 Charlton Athletic (2004/05)

This is the only 'worst' game where the team in question actually won, but scraping a win over mid-table Charlton with a stoppage-time penalty rebound isn't anything to write home about.

That being said, the fact it was Claude Makelele who was allowed to take the spot kick to score his first ever goal for Chelsea, via the goalkeeper, meant it did end on a heartwarming note.

4. Manchester United 0-1 West Ham United (2006/07)

Lifting the Premier League trophy after being beaten at home by a team that had avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth isn't exactly ideal... but at least they got Carlos Tevez out of it in the end.

The Argentine scored the winning goal on a drizzly day at Old Trafford, which still saw the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking to the pitch.

5. Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield Town (2017/18)

Considering City's centurions are objectively the greatest Premier League team in history and scored no less than 106 goals that season, this result was, yeh, incredibly weird.

Sure, the Terriers were fighting for survival under David Wagner, but they evolved into one of the worst ever Premier League teams just a matter of months later. An incredible point for them, this.

Best

1. Arsenal 4-0 Everton (1997/98)

Running away 4-0 victors at home is pretty good by itself, but it's even better when your captain, Tony Adams, decides to go on a mad run down the pitch to score your fourth in the 89th minute.

This result is deserving of a place for Martin Tyler screaming 'would you believe it!?' if nothing else and came just before Arsenal mentally went to the beach with defeats at Liverpool and Aston Villa.

2. Chelsea 3-0 Manchester United (2005/06)

What a contrast from the season before. It's not half bad going from a last-minute winner against Charlton to absolutely battering Sir Alex Ferguson and co. in the afternoon sunshine.

Jose Mourinho was on top of the world when he showed exactly why Chelsea were kings of the realm with William Gallas and Joe Cole scoring particularly excellent goals.

3. Chelsea 8-0 Wigan Athletic (2009/10)

Carlo Ancelotti's champions are one of the Premier League's most underrated sides, becoming the first team to ever score 100 goals and boy did they end the season in the style they'd played most of it.

The Blues absolutely romped to victory on a day where United could still have won the title, but a Didier Drogba hat-trick and Ashley Cole scoring an eighth in stoppage time sent the silverware to the Bridge.

4. Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers (2011/12)

I wonder why we've picked this one? In fact, maybe this should have been in the 'worst' category... scraping to a win against relegation candidates by needing two injury-time goals? Disgraceful.

We are, of course, lying through our teeth because Sergio Aguero produced one of the greatest sporting moments in history by winning their maiden Premier League title in the most dramatic way imaginable.

5. Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland (2016/17)

What's not to love about whooping a team 5-1 on the final day? Antonio Conte had played exciting, expansive and attacking football all season, so this was a case in point of why they were so brilliant.

It also earns extra brownie points on this list for providing a fitting ending to John Terry's illustrious career at the club, even if the guard of honour was more cringe than creative.

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Is winning the league... winning the league? Of course and Liverpool fans won't lose too much sleep if Chelsea run away victors at Anfield, but they might as well go out with a bang!

Replicating the drama of Aguero's winner is, obviously, just impossible, but they certainly have the potential to produce an emphatic trophy-lifting result akin to Chelsea 3-0 United in 2006.

Fans will hardly remember that Liverpool have gone off the boil since becoming champions if they mark the moment they've waited 30 years for by putting Chelsea to the sword in dramatic style. 

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Plus, there's some extra needle for the fact Liverpool missed the chance to win the Premier League in 2013/14 when Steven Gerrard infamously slipped against - you guessed it - Chelsea.

Either way, though, they can't let the trophy slip now. Congrats to one of the worthiest champions of all.

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