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WARK ON: SCOT INSISTS LIVERPOOL WILL RECAPTURE THE GOLDEN DAYS

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LIVERPOOL are celebrating their first title triumph in THIRTY long and agonising years.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were officially crowned England champions when Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last night.

The reverse for Pep Guardiola’s side, the holders of the Premier League flag, made it a mathematical impossibility for the Anfield outfit to be caught.

In another Scotzine special, former Scotland international midfielder John Wark speaks EXCLUSIVELY to Craig Anderson about the rise and rise of the Mersey men.

By CRAIG ANDERSON

JOHN WARK is convinced Liverpool possess the staying power to rediscover the glory days of the 1970s and 80s.

Amid the joyous scenes on Merseyside as Jurgen Klopp’s side eventually gate crashed three decades of a championship barrier, the Scot acknowledged this could be just the start of many for his old team.

And Wark, who played for the club between 1984 and 1988 at the height of their success, believes another golden age is imminent.

“I definitely think it’s the start of the good times again,” he announced. “They won the Champions League last year, but teams like Manchester City will make it hard for them as well as a few others.

“Manchester United are trying to find their way back there and are spending a few bob on players, but I think Liverpool have got that bit more about them.

“It’s scary to think it’s been 30 years since Liverpool last won a league title and they were desperately unlucky not to win it in 2014 under Brendan Rodgers with Steven Gerrard’s slip and all that.

“In the last couple of years, to see them do what they’ve done under Klopp has been incredible.

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“They are now champions and, in my opinion, rightly so. Their record has been excellent plus the pace and the way they play has been a joy to watch.”

Wark won two titles for the Reds and was part of the double-winning side under Kenny Dalglish in 1985/86.

He’s best remembered for his part in Ipswich Town’s success in the late 70s and early 80s, but Liverpool fans still speak fondly of Wark for his role at Anfield.

He is a regular at home games as one of the ex-players who looks after guests in the hospitality suites, so has seen plenty of the club to understand the mood of the place.

Wark admitted the last three months have probably been agony as fans are made to wait with football in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the ex-goalscoring middle-of-the-park performer insisted it was only a matter of time before the inevitable crowning and he paid tribute to manager Klopp.

The 62-year-old Glaswegian added: “The pandemic certainly added to the agony of it – the fact it was so close and they’ve had to wait three more months.

“For a club to leave other teams way behind, even a side as good as Manchester City, it has to be some team and especially in a league where there are no mugs and every game is hard.

“Jurgen Klopp reminds me so much of the old managers Liverpool had such as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and even Joe Fagan, who I played under.

“He’s got the club running through him and, under Klopp, I think they have it in them to keep winning things.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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