Liverpool’s 30-year hunt for an English championship was documented in the BBC documentary, Liverpool FC: The 30-Year Wait, on Sunday night.
Fans of the Reds took to Twitter to share the emotions and memories that were brought up while looking back at the last three decades for the club.
For many, the wait for Liverpool to be crowned champions of England has taken their entire lifetime, and memories were shared on Twitter as a result.
Watching the Liverpool FC documentary on BBC2 - from #LFC point of view, seeing all highs and lows (in the timeline of my childhood through now to middle age alas) - and also as a music fan, the songs and tracks they've used are excellent too ☺️ #30YearWait
— ALittleLouder (@ALittleLauder) August 30, 2020
“Want to see what servant leadership looks like. What an example. King Kenny,” said Twitter user darrelli, in reference to Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.
— darrelli (@darrelli) August 30, 2020
The documentary took viewers through all of the highs and lows of Liverpool since the 1980s, highlighting players and managers through the years that left their mark on the club and the supporters.
“Reminded me of how good John Barnes was, he glided pass players as if he was wearing ice skating boots,” said Derek Murray.
“I’m privileged to support this amazing club!”
— Derek (@DerekMu03089055) August 31, 2020
While many fans shuddered to remember some of the lows, some looked back with the benefit of time and acknowledged that it wasn’t all bad even during the lows.
One such fan defended the tenure of Roy Hodgson, who managed the club for the first part of the 2010/11 season before Dalglish took over in January.
“Don't be too hard on Roy Hodgson. Just the wrong man for the job,” said user Alab Jlab.
Don't be too hard on Roy Hodgson. Just the wrong man for the job #30yearwait
— A to the J to the yay 🟨🟥, 💚 #BetterMasks (@FlatCovid) August 30, 2020
The documentary highlighted the passion of football fans, with many supporters stating that they were moved to tears not only by the long wait, but also to finally be crowned champions.
That season (13/14) still hurts 😞#30yearwait
— Hannah 🐼❤️ (@PandaRooney) August 30, 2020
— Mary Lewis (@missyoumuch) August 30, 2020
— tommyhassett* (@TOMMYHASSETT) August 30, 2020
I’m not crying you are 🥺🥺 #30yearwait
— chels.x🦒 (@chelsey1906) August 30, 2020
However, the overwhelming reaction to the documentary was the unwavering support for the current manager, Jürgen Klopp.
Well, I’m once again ready to go to war for Jurgen Klopp. Bring on the new season and the title challenge. #30yearwait
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) August 30, 2020
The 53-year-old German replaced Brendan Rodgers in 2015, and has lifted the club back to the top of English football.
— Trudy ♡ (@justtrudy83) August 30, 2020
Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League glory in 2018/19 - the club's first European Cup since 2005.
Throughout his tenure as Liverpool manager, Klopp has displayed his own unique style and flair.
Watching this #30yearwait doc on BBC right now has perfectly depicted what us fans have gone through on the long road to that first Premier League.
It’s also reminded me how much of a hero Kenny Dalglish is and how Jürgen Klopp is the coolest man alive.
— Will Castle (@willcastlelfc) August 30, 2020
But it was not only Liverpool fans that were in awe of the 30-year wait.
Supporters of other teams, such as Leeds United and Plymouth Argyle, were sufficiently moved to take to Twitter.
I’m not a Liverpool fan but the BBC2 documentary on Liverpool’s 30 year wait is emotional, transfixing and wonderful television. So pleased Liverpool have finally won the Premier League. #30yearwait #lfc
— Neil Duignan (@neil_duignan) August 30, 2020
Great watch #30yearwait even as lufc fan you have to respect #LFC what a great football club and you couldn't have asked for a better first game back in prem, such a shame no Liverpool or Leeds fans can be there as the atmosphere would of been special
— Leeds Utd Ste (@Motleeds1) August 30, 2020
However, like all good things, many supporters did not see it as a perfect retelling of the past three decades.
“Can’t see why Michael Owen got to contribute to the programme. He’s no Liverpool legend and left when we needed him most,” said William Munney on Twitter.
#30yearwait Can’t see why Michael Owen got to contribute to the programme. He’s no Liverpool legend and left when we needed him most.
— William Munny (@WilliamMunney3) August 30, 2020
“Love watching all things about my club but that documentary just didn't live up to the hype for me,” said Mick Kilcourse.
“Nothing I haven't seen or heard loads of times and why start with Hysel??”
Love watching all things about my club but that documentary just didn't live up to the hype for me. Nothing I haven't seen or heard loads of times and why start with Hysel?? #30yearwait
— Michael kilcourse (@MKilco) August 30, 2020
Liverpool have become the best team in England, with John Giles stating that even the signing of Lionel Messi could not help their rivals adequately compete.
The overall consensus of the trending Twitter hashtag was that the documentary perfectly summed up the challenges that Liverpool have faced and how good it feels for supporters to finally have something to celebrate.
That was a simply brilliant documentary #30yearwait , it was handled with grace, respect and passion. Lovely to see the previous managers to tell their stories, as they saw them. Well done BBC.
— Joe Mott (@motti82) August 30, 2020