What they said – the best quotes from the 2019-20 Premier League season


The 2019/20 campaign has been one like no other.

From video refs to victorious Reds, via a global pandemic and Project Restart, 2019-20 has been a memorable campaign on so many levels.

Here, the PA news agency picks out the best quotes from the season.

“If you go nuts and start taking drugs and drinking and driving different cars or whatever, and leave your missus at home because you are now the Champions League winner, then I can’t help you.” – Jurgen Klopp colourfully vows to build on Liverpool’s European success.

Manchester United v Chelsea – Premier League – Old Trafford
Frank Lampard quickly realised he had work to do after his first match in charge of Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

“We will have to learn harsh lessons and correct them pretty quickly.” – Frank Lampard’s first match in charge at Chelsea was a sobering experience, a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

“I don’t know where it is going and it is sucking the life out of me and the supporters.” – VAR leaves Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder cold.

“Scrap it. Scrap VAR! It’s worthless, pointless and a total waste of time.” – Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling agrees.

“Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Javi Gracia.” – Watford sack a manager.

“The world at the moment is a circus with us at the centre. I am not influenced by it.” – Klopp’s Reds won their first eight matches.

Tottenham Hotspur Training Session – Tottenham Hotspur Training ground
Jose Mourinho is a fan of Spurs’ training ground (Adam Davy/PA)

“Great bed, you sleep in the middle of five or six huge soft pillows, expensive duvet. Absolutely amazing.” – Newly appointed Jose Mourinho leaves a five-star TripAdvisor review of Tottenham’s training ground.

“It feels great to be home.” – Glasgow-born, Lancashire-based former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss David Moyes returns to West Ham.

“With regret, Watford Football Club confirms the departure of Head Coach Quique Sanchez Flores.” – Watford sack another manager.

Liverpool v West Ham United – Premier League – Anfield
Jurgen Klopp was not getting carried away even with Liverpool on the brink of title glory (Peter Byrne/PA)

“I have been four-and-a-half years in this country and I never heard that word before. What is ‘inevitable’? As far as I’m concerned we are not even mathematically qualified for the Champions League yet.” – Klopp, with Liverpool 16 points clear at the top.

“We are speaking about a very difficult situation and if I could, if I could, I would move immediately to the 1st of July.” – Mourinho, shortly before lockdown. He almost got his wish.

“The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.” – Karren Brady, vice-chair of West Ham who were battling relegation at the time, after the Premier League was suspended.

“Anybody know who I can talk to about the Government food voucher scheme?” – Marcus Rashford, Manchester United striker and soon-to-be national treasure.

Pep Guardiola File Photo
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will be back (Martin Rickett/PA)

“It’s the best thing I can imagine and more than I could have ever dreamed of. It’s unbelievable. Much more than I ever thought would be possible.” – An emotional Klopp celebrates clinching the title.

“We have to take a little perspective, be humble, and say ‘not all the time we can win’. And then we must learn what we need to do to avoid this situation again.” – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will be back.

“I would be fining him at half-time, there is no getting away from that. I would be swinging punches at that guy.” – Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane on David De Gea.

“It sometimes looks like men against boys. That’s what I expected.” – Relegation came as no surprise to Norwich boss Daniel Farke.

“I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.” – Rashford celebrates his biggest win of the season – his campaigning forced a government U-turn to supply free school meals to disadvantaged children.

“Watford FC confirms that Nigel Pearson has left the club with immediate effect.” – Watford…. well, you get the drift.