Liverpool deserve to clinch an overdue first title in 30 years on the pitch

Liverpool deserve to clinch an overdue first title in 30 years on the pitch
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledges the fans earlier this season. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

WE have wondered for months.

What happens if the 2019/20 Premier League season does not resume? Will Liverpool be crowned champions?

What teams will be awarded Champions League places? Will teams be relegated?

No longer do we have to wonder because the Premier League resumes in less than a week and hopefully all of our queries will be answered.

There is no guarantee that the season will conclude but the resumption of football in England has given hope it will.

Of course, Liverpool will be the team most delighted with the resumption of the season. It gives Jurgen Klopp’s side the chance to clinch their first league title in 30 years.

It would have been cruel on Liverpool had the runaway leaders not had the chance to win the title the right way, by winning it on the pitch rather than had they been awarded the league the way other European leagues have concluded.

Everyone knows Liverpool would have deserved to be awarded the title but it would have given people a chance to always question the achievement.

Players want to win a league on the pitch, they certainly don’t want to be handed it.

There’s no doubt Liverpool will win the title when the league resumes — even Klopp is talking about when they will parade the trophy but the season hasn’t been totally flawless from the Reds.

It has nothing to do with what the club have done on the pitch but what the club have done off it.

In times of crisis, sometimes you see a person’s true colours and even though they reversed their decision, it should not be forgotten that in a time when the world was struggling, that the seventh richest football club in the world, decided to take government money and furlough non-playing staff.

It’s been a wonderful season for Liverpool but they let themselves down as a club by making that decision.

Another club who made the same decision — to furlong non-playing staff, only to then reverse their decision — were Tottenham.

The suspension of the league has damaged Spurs financially more than any other team in the league, with the club predicting to lose out on €222m because of the pandemic, meaning Tottenham were forced to take out a €195m loan recently.

Although the crisis has hurt Spurs off the pitch, on the pitch, the break is probably the best thing to happen to them.

Spurs were a team that looked on their last legs.

They had a growing injury list and the novelty of having Jose Mourinho as manager had worn off.

The former Chelsea manager seemed liked he had learnt from his previous managerial mistakes when he first took over the team but Mourinho was slipping into his old bad habits before the stoppage and the break should have given him time to refresh himself.

Spurs are seven points off fourth and it is not an impossible task for them to finish in the top four to qualify for Champions League football next season..

The return of Harry Kane will definitely increase their chances of playing in Europe’s elite competition because the way Mourinho likes his teams to play, it relies on having a proper centre forward not a makeshift one like Lucas Moura.

Manchester United were certainly building momentum before the break and while many at the club would have seen the stoppage as a hindrance, at least Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a few months without being questioned on whether he is the right man for the United manager’s job?

Pressure will be back on the Norwegian when the league resumes. I’ve always believed and still do, that Solskjaer is not the right man for United.

The Red Devils are one of the biggest clubs in the world, yet, Solskjaer talks about finishing in the top-four as if it is a remarkable achievement.

Yes, a rebuilding job was needed with the squad but United have still underachieved this season.

This is a club that have spent over €200m on players since last summer, yet still are eight points adrift of Leicester City in third, who spent €100m less than United in that same period and lost their best defender, Harry Maguire, to United last summer.

Leicester finished 14-points behind United last season. United shouldn’t be happy settling for a top-four finish, they could have hired Arsene Wenger as manager if that was the case.

One club who could suffer because of the break is Sheffield United.

The Blades have surprised everyone this season and could end up qualifying for Europe.

Chris Wilder deserves to be awarded manager of the year if he can finish the job but it’s going to be difficult because opposition managers would have used the time have to properly study the Blades and figure out how to stop their over-lapping centre-backs.

It could be a case of second season syndrome for Wilder’s men, which would be a shame because I think everyone appreciates what the Yorkshire club have brought to the league with their exciting brand of football.

Relegation-threatened clubs seemed to be those that opposed the decision to resume the league.

We heard players like Watford’s Troy Deeney and Brighton’s Glenn Murray strongly voice their opinions against the return of football but they have changed their tune because they know that football will go ahead with or without them.

Football will be different but at least it is returning which is what we all wanted.

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