May 2009, London: The familiar but slightly jubilant voice of Martin Tyler betrays his years in the commentary box. He is witnessing history. His calm meassured tone has been replaced by a quivering emotional rasp.
"The wait is over . . . 19 long & painful years. The red half of Merseyside has long dreamed of this moment . . . The moment they get their hands on that elusive Premier League trophy," quivers Tyler.
"The Spurs players have lined up a guard of honour for the champions of England & no one will say Liverpool Football Club & their fans don't deserve this."
"All the pain, hurt & disappointment has been erased by their great visionary of a manager, Rafa Benitez. . ."
"And now the moment we've all been waiting for, as Liverpool's star player of the season, the mercurial Lucas Leiva, is handed the premier league trophy."
Andy Gray his excitable co-commentator is less than pleased given his Goodison roots but concurs.
"Yes, Martin. The Brazilian international has been unbelievable. His performances throughout the season has been spectacular. The games against Stoke & Everton were great examples. Rafa's decisions has been vindicated with Liverpool finally ending their long wait fer no19," Gray says in his instantly recognisable gruff Scottish brogue.
As the players led by Lucas do a lap of honour around White Hart Lane, Tyler asks the million dollar question. "When did you think was Liverpool's turning point in the season, Andy?"
"Well, Martin, I can pinpoint two distinct moments. First, when Rafa's well-timed attack on Fergie led to united crumbling away under the pressure & secondly, when, Liverpool held on to win that precious three points in the Merseyside derby at Anfield . . ."