28 things we loved about the 2019-20 season: Liverpool, Bruno, Bielsa, Messi
Finally, almost 12 months on from its start, the longest league campaign in history has come to its conclusion. Despite the weirdness of it all, it has been a lot of fun.
We can barely remember the start of the 2019-20 campaign, but it has provided plenty of memorable moments along the way.
So, to mark the end of the 28th season since football officially began, here are 28 things we loved about 2019-20.
Jurgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson, just all of them. Turns out it was their year. And by quite some distance.
If Liverpool had stopped playing football matches from 23rd January onwards (match day 23), they'd still have finished on more points than every team in the league bar City.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) July 26, 2020
But especially Andy Robertson. A footballer you can always relate to and an absolutely brilliant bloke.
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) July 23, 2020
The best and most important celebration of the season. Well done, Jadon.
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) May 31, 2020
Lobbying the government to ensure kids don’t go hungry by day, making defenders cry with an elastico by night. Not all heroes wear capes.
Kevin De Bruyne
Don’t ever forget to appreciate watching this man in the Premier League.
Gutted. The Premier League have ROBBED Kevin De Bruyne of the assist record by taking this off him.
Absolute Joke. pic.twitter.com/y7lJhkJ5Ku
— Ryan (@bernardooooV3) July 26, 2020
We’re already thinking the same about this man, too. Has anyone ever made moving to the Premier League mid-season look this easy?
Frank Lampard’s interviews
An FA Cup final, Champions League qualification, and he’s also been a comedy genius in every one of his interviews hahahaha, but nah, seriously, he’s done an excellent job.
(Our resident Leeds fan would like to distance himself from these views.)
What a manager. What a man.
"You deserve to be in the pub and have the career that you've had, not the one that Jamie Vardy's got – so shut up." 🍻
Chris Wilder speaking about Jamie Vardy's career is *brilliant*. 😂👌 pic.twitter.com/akxmpTzRBO
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 16, 2020
It supposedly hasn’t been a vintage season for Messi and Barcelona, yet he’s still scored 25 goals and provided 21 assists in La Liga alone.
He’s even reinvented free-kicks.
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 30, 2020
Sure, he’s a managerial genius, but those hugs for Pablo Hernandez are Kalvin Phillips are what it’s all about.
😍 Thank you Marcelo! pic.twitter.com/4hf8T0QW8Z
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 18, 2020
A man who could nutmeg a mermaid. A man who could spot a pass in a blindfold. A man who could find the bottom corner of a sphere.
Pablo Hernandez can do things that no other man can. Sensational assist.
— Josh Akers (C) 🏆 (@joshakers93) July 22, 2020
Expect to see him in the Premier League next season – whether Brentford get there or not.
— Benrahminho 👑 (@benrahminho) July 17, 2020
When Michael O’Neill took over at Stoke, they had eight points from 15 games. The gaffer’s a Stoke fan and was making our lives hell. They eventually finished 15th, eight points clear of the bottom three, and now we’re all enjoying work again.
Has a team ever gone a season without dropping points?
Is Josh Tymon going to be better than Messi?
Is Michael O'Neill currently the best manager in world football?
PS. Poor Forest! You've got to feel for them.
— Mark Holmes (@Homzy) July 22, 2020
If you’re ever feeling down, just check out the Reddit page EkstaklasaBoners.
What were you doing when you turned 18? In fact, don’t answer that.
The most satisfying sound of the season.
The moment Erling Haaland smacked the back of the net against PSG.
TURN VOLUME UP FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL SOUND…😍🔊 pic.twitter.com/9Ug0mYv2qp
— Mozo Football (@MozoFootball) July 21, 2020
Since returning to Villarreal, Cazorla produced a combined 43 goals and assist in all competitions. No midfielder in Spain managed more during the same period. We’re so happy he’s had this swansong.
Santi Cazorla getting a standing ovation from his teammates after playing his last game for Villarreal. 😢
Told he could never play football again then comes back and gets 15 goals and 9 assists this season, what a player 👏
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 20, 2020
He may have had his critics, but Souness has shown an admirable willingness to try to educate himself on important matters – see also his discussion about Black Lives Matter with Micah Richards.
📅 December 2019
🗣"I came from a generation that was extremely homophobic. I went to the Brighton pride and learned so much, it changed my attitude"
Graeme Souness honest interview about why there aren't openly gay footballers in the PL pic.twitter.com/ysbBlZshJ7
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 25, 2020
You can take the boy out of Leeds…
James Milner “First time I ever wanted a red ribbon. It’s always been United before. F*cking w*nkers” 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/hKBYkLHJDd
— Samue (@SamueILFC) July 22, 2020
A man who often sums up exactly how we feel.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 15, 2020
His numbers are taking the p*ss, quite frankly.
Robert Lewandowski in 2019-20:
🥇 Bundesliga winner
🥇 DFB-Pokal winner
Top scorer in every competition he's played in, including the Champions League 🔥
Was this his year for the Ballon d'Or? 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gi0OKT39Dm
— Goal (@goal) July 20, 2020
The Broken Metatarsal
If you love 2000s football as much as we do, apparently there’s a really good podcast all about it. This episode especially was ace.
We’ll miss these kits. But bring on Manchester United’s dazzle camo…
Arsenal's new 2019/20 home and away kits. 😍
[ 📷 IG/wrightyofficial] pic.twitter.com/zqzArhWKfL
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) May 22, 2019
Never change, Jose.
— £ (@Ma1szyy) July 9, 2020
A breath of fresh air in the punditry box. He’ll even stand up to Roy Keane.
🗣️ Micah Richards: "I burst onto the scene"
🗣️ Roy Keane: "Did you burst onto the scene?"
🗣️ Micah Richards: "I played for England at 18, youngest ever defender to play for England. I would say that's bursting onto the scene!"
Fair play Micah Richards! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/pDP7A5kfvJ
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) March 8, 2020
The defender will be talking about this for years.
— Hackney Wick FC (@HackneyWickFC) February 8, 2020
There’s nothing better than an outfield player going in goal.
Things you absolutely LOVE to see…
Outfield players going in goal and making less than convincing saves 🤣
Well played, Kyle Walker 👐🙌 pic.twitter.com/yUyEJIUvs1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2019
We can only admire his commitment to shithousing Real Madrid.
— Red Welsh FC (@RedWelshFC) November 19, 2019