Liverpool football club are champions of the world.

And, while no one in the city I am lucky to call home believes Bill’s famous quote about ­football being more important than life and death, Saturday night’s victory over Flamengo really does illustrate the game’s incredible capacity for making the people happy.

Merseyside has suffered more than its fair share of trials, tribulations and tragedies.

This time last week, the vast majority of Liverpudlians were lamenting the re-election of Boris Johnson as prime ­minister.

Just a few days earlier, the families of the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough 30 years ago were left wondering whether they will ever get the justice they so nobly seek. It was a blow so devastating it’s impossible to put into words.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with the trophy

But the fight will continue.

And, for now at least, we can celebrate the Scousers – those of a red persuasion anyway – sitting on top of the football world.

Of course, no Evertonian is going to be overjoyed, but Saturday night’s victory in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar is an illustration of the indomitable spirit we all share. It’s a triumph for the Liverpool Way.

The people living on the banks of the Mersey regard themselves as being part of a republic, isolated from the rest of the country.

According to a banner that is regularly held aloft on the Kop, “We’re not English, we are Scouse”.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, Adrian, James Milner, Alisson, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate

That’s why the victory over South America’s finest has struck a powerful blow.

Three times my old club ­previously had the chance to become world champions – and three times they returned with second prize.

I’m not sure how seriously the players took the competition when they were beaten by Flamengo in 1981 or Independiente three years later when the Intercontinental Cup was a one-off contest between the champions of Europe and South America.

But I know, from talking to the lads who came home from Japan a beaten team in 2005, that they were gutted by the 1-0 defeat by Sao Paulo.

Jurgen Klopp seems to understand that LFC exists to make history.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's winning goal

He was forced to sacrifice a crack at the Carabao Cup to go to the Middle East with a full-strength team. And it's paid off.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, this Liverpool team have done enough to stand alongside the best the club has produced.

Winning the Champions League and finishing second to Manchester City with 97 points last season meant they would always be remembered in the highest regard.

Now, by becoming world champions, they have really cemented their place in the Anfield Hall of Fame.

It was great seeing Jordan Henderson step up where other Liverpool captains – Phil Thompson, Phil Neal and Steven Gerrard – had previously stumbled.

Firmino kept his cool to score the only goal of the game in Doha, Qatar

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Hendo doesn’t get the credit he deserves outside Anfield. But, for me, he epitomises what a Liverpool skipper should be.

He doesn’t make a lot of unnecessary noise. He leads by example. Klopp certainly knows what his captain brings to the table, as do the supporters.

Last season, it was the Champions League.

On Saturday night, it was the Club World Cup.

If Jordan can get his hands on the Premier League, then he will be standing on the shoulders of giants.