If the Premier League is called off, Liverpool’s efforts this season should be rewarded with silverware, especially when you consider their utter dominance throughout the campaign
The Premier League season has been called to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic and Liverpool’s wait to lift the title continues.
And there remains the possibility that the season does not get finished, potentially leading to the annulment of the English league season.
And while many have been quick to point out that health comes before sport, and of course they’re right, that does not mean that Liverpool’s tremendous efforts should simply be shelved and forgotten about.
Because, however you slice it, that would do a great disservice to the manager and players’ efforts.
It’s remarkable just how much Liverpool have improved again this season.
They’ve learnt how to win scrappy, and dirty. It is, in English football at least, the hallmark of champions.
Of course no one knows if the league will be annulled for certain.
What we know for now is that fixtures have been postponed until April 4 at the earliest – but that return date has already been deemed ‘laughable’ in some quarters.
A day after this date, Liverpool – leapfrogging their matches against Everton and Crystal Palace – will face Manchester City. Should they win, Pep Guardiola’s side will be not able to catch up and Liverpool will be named champions.
But it does not look particularly likely that the pandemic would have calmed down by then. It’s very possible, in fact, that the situation may further inflame,potentially postponing this summer’s Euros until next year.
Though it might be a quite awkward decision to push back this season until late summer, or whenever the outbreak has calmed down, it is the right one, in the interests of competitive sport.
There will be issues surrounding fitness, and the knock on effect will be tremendous, both at the top and bottom of the table.
But there should be no denying the Reds, and it would be galling if they were to be denied, particularly given how they have hunted down and surpassed Manchester City.
City took the league by storm in the last two seasons, posting the two greatest points totals in English football history. The third highest? Liverpool last season, as they finished runners-up.
As it stands, Liverpool need 19 points from a possible 27 to surpass the record high mark. They have only dropped five points in 29 games last season.
Simply, their consistency, and brilliance, deserves to be recognized.
And their wait hasn’t been just this campaign. Yes, their success under Klopp has been four years in the making, but it’s been 30 years for supporters.
It’s been strange seeing a club their size, with 64 major honours to their name, not claim the title in the Premier League era.
Of course there has been some close calls along the way, but this season certainly should not be another