Klopp Has Deliverpooled

Liverpool are Premier League Champions for the first time, and English Champions for the first time in 30 years.

Klopp took over in 2015, with Liverpool 8th in the league. He nearly tasted glory in the Europa League, League Cup, and Champions League in his first years, before finally winning the Champions League last season. Liverpool finished runner-up last year, just one point behind Manchester City. Their 97 points tally would have been good enough to win the League in all but two seasons.

But this year there was no denying the reds, who lifted the Super Cup and World Cup earlier in the season. There were concerns that the season may not return, however once it was confirmed it was, it was a matter of when not if.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace in an immaculate display on Wednesday to put them one result away. Chelsea’s 2 – 1 win at home to Manchester City confirmed Liverpool as champions.

This is the earliest title win for any team in terms of games remaining, with 7 left to play. It is simultaneously the latest title win in terms of time, the first time a title has been sealed in June.

Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 17 goal, Mane is next with 17.

Congratulations to Liverpool.

As for all the other fans.

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FAI Talks Suggest August LOI Return

An august return is on the cards for the League of Ireland with the FAI offering an increased financial package to the clubs to help restart the league.

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One of the big issues was that clubs didn’t want a return behind closed doors, due to loss of revenue from fans. The FAI had but together a package worth €1.7 million, but this was rejected.

The talks have continued throughout the week, and reports are that the FAI have increased the figure to €3.3 million, with a larger proportion being paid upfront. Further takeaways are that neutral venues may not be necessary, allowing money to go directly to the clubs. There is also the proposal to have a streaming service that will charge per game.

It is still unclear whether relegation will be scrapped for the season, with some clubs hoping it will be. It has been proposed that the season be shortened to 18 games rather than the original 36, with teams having already played 4 or 5 games each.

Another talking point is whether the FAI Cup will be cancelled. There is the possibility the cup could go ahead with just League of Ireland sides and no non-League teams.

So far Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, and Derry City have all had their personnel tested ahead of the 4 team pilot tournament and European football. All 4 teams have been granted licences to play in Europe.

It has been confirmed that the Champions League and Europa League will see single legged qualifying rounds up until the play-off round. A draw will take place for home advantage. The group stages of both competitions will now begin in October.

Peamount United have been granted a licence to play in the Women’s National League. They will take place in a qualifying tournament between October 7th and 13th.

The Women’s National League is set to finally start in late August, having been postponed just days before it was due to begin.

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