What next for Liverpool when football resumes? 🤷‍♂️

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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Before the suspension of football due to the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool were two wins away from winning the Premier League.

With football in England still some way from returning, we’ve decided to take a look at where Liverpool will stand when the league does resume …


League title in sight

Liverpool fans have waited 30 years to win the league title, and due to the biggest of unforeseen circumstances they will have to wait a little while longer.

One way or the other, Liverpool will become Premier League champions at some point over the summer.

It remains to be seen whether the 2019/20 campaign will definitely reconvene, but if it goes down the route of Ligue 1 there is likely to be little objection to Jürgen Klopp’s side being awarded the title.

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However, if it does resume, Liverpool need just six points from their remaining nine games.

The dream of ending that three decade wait at Goodison Park looks unlikely but could still happen if Man City lose to Burnley in the first game back.

All eyes will be on the home game against Crystal Palace after that which will be the first ‘official’ opportunity for Liverpool to finish the job.


So close, yet so far

It’s been forgotten that Liverpool were actually in the midst of their worst spell of the season before the enforced stoppage.

Unbeaten season hopes were dashed by Watford before the treble dream ended a few days later when Chelsea knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Then came the chaos of the Champions League tie with Atlético Madrid.

Diego Simeone conquered Anfield with a 3-2 win.

Failure isn’t a word that should be used in any review of Liverpool’s season, the fans certainly won’t have any regrets when they (eventually) end that long wait for a league title.

However, there is a small sense of disappointment around Anfield.

Liverpool, the holders, were more than capable of winning the Champions League again.

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An unbeaten league season is the stuff of fairytale but it was there to be had. Klopp’s side had the ability to break every record in sight and make this a truly unique campaign.

The league title will have to do for now.


Ins and outs

It remains to be seen what sort of impact the global pandemic will have on the finances in football, and therefore, the transfer window.

Liverpool’s business in the transfer window is followed by a question mark as well.

The noises around the signature of RB Leipzig Timo Werner are strong, with the Athletic reporting last week that the 24-year-old only has his eyes set on a move to Anfield.

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With the amount of reports around this transfer, it’s likely to be a deal that is done or on its way to being so.

Whether the club are waiting for the resumption of football and the return of some form of normality before announcing such a huge transfer is a theory worth some thought.

Elsewhere, the rest of the squad is a healthy state meaning Klopp could probably afford to go another transfer window without bringing in new faces.

The only area really lacking in depth is the wing-back position where any long-term injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson could have a detrimental effect.


The young pretender

One player who is definitely on his way out is Adam Lallana.

The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of June, although it is likely he will be afforded an extension until the end of the current campaign.

Questions will be asked about who will take his space in the squad and 19-year-old Curtis Jones is in prime position to fill this vacancy.

The Toxteth-born midfielder is a player in a similar mould to Lallana with great technique and produce their best work between the lines.

His stunning winner in the FA Cup win over Everton means he has a place in the hearts of supporters for a lifetime, and may have just earned his place into Klopp’s thinking for next season.