The gut-wrenching thought of winning a Premier League title behind closed doors

It’s not the way any of us wanted it, but lifting the Premier League trophy in an empty stadium is what we’ll have to settle for. That doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking, though.

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Liverpool have been in magnificent form this season and almost certainly will be crowned Premier League champions — a title which would be the club’s first in three decades.

However, in typical fashion the Reds’ title challenge has taken an unusual twist amid the uncertainty surrounding the current Covid-19 pandemic, leaving a momentous occasion to be carried out behind closed doors.

Just days ago, Jürgen Klopp’s men were handed their schedule for the imminent return of Premier League, which will see the German go head-to-head with Carlo Ancelotti in the Italian’s first league Merseyside derby — the FA Cup meeting of the sides didn’t go too well for the Blues.

It was announced that the Reds will return to action and continue their surge towards making history on June 21, with kick-off scheduled for the unusual time of 7pm on a Sunday.

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The first weekend of Premier League action will see an unprecedented behind-closed-doors affair on Merseyside, with Everton set to host Liverpool at Goodison Park in front of no supporters.

In what has been unprecedented times globally, football has been subjected to contrasting views. The initial outburst saw a host of high-profile politicians target footballers due to their considerable earnings, but in more recent times there have been urges for the sport to return, in order to boost the morale and provide a sense of normality.

While it is hard to disagree with the impact that football quite evidently has on society, the lack of fans is emotionally draining for those deeply connected with the sport — and there is little normality to be found in empty stadiums.

One of the biggest fanbases around is that which cheers on Liverpool. Anfield is notoriously feared for its atmosphere, especially on European nights, and to think of securing a momentous Premier League title win in front of an absent Kop is gut-wrenching.

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Having said that, with regards to the actual games, could it potentially benefit the Reds?

Truth be told, the build up to winning a title is the easy part. Crossing the line can be the main obstacle and, in the current climate with the games set to played in such bizarre conditions, it may well play into the hands of the Reds who can play with limited pressure in a sense.

Another positive implication which could prove to be helpful in the quest to secure a fourth piece of silverware in two seasons, is the newly-introduced rule of allowing up to five substitutes in a single match.

On many occasions under the management of Klopp, substitutes have played a major role. Without a doubt the most notable has to be Georginio Wijnaldum’s second-half salvo against Barcelona in May 2019, though another that springs to mind is Daniel Sturridge’s introduction against Chelsea.

By no means are the circumstances ideal, but when looking at the situation from a wider perspective there must be an acknowledgement of the privileges still available to us, when so many have been left without.

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