Liverpool will not get their ideal scenario, so the other Premier League clubs have to compromise – John Aldridge


We’re all waiting to see what “Project Restart” will look like, and it looks like one of the biggest sticking points at the moment is the idea of ​​playing games on neutral ground.

It is difficult to plan properly when the overall picture is still not as clear, but many people seem to be in a great hurry to finish this season and start the next one, and they may well have to wait.

Until medical staff give the green light, no one can do much and I don’t understand why there should be these delays when there is still so much uncertainty about the virus itself.

There is no need to fix in stone that a season must start or end at a certain time and, as far as I am concerned, next year should be suspended for the moment.

They’ve been playing with kickoff hours and days of the week for years, so what’s the difference!

Things can change and this time it’s for a real serious reason and not just because the TV companies want their book of flesh.

Sure, the money is talking, but in the end, the season that started has to be over and some people are going to have to go with the flow, because you will never find a solution that everyone is 100% satisfied with.

I can understand what the President of Brighton said about losing his home advantage when they are playing on neutral ground, but he did not mention that the sides they were to play outside were in the same boat, so these are swings and roundabouts for me.

They still have to play outside against Leicester, Southampton and Burnley, which would probably give them a better chance of getting a result!

No one will pretend that this is ideal or what anyone would choose to do, but they have to end the season somehow.

It would have been great if we could have finished the season at Anfield and had those games that we have been looking forward to at Goodison and Etihad, but everyone will have to compromise.

The safety of the players and everyone involved in the matches is the most important thing and it means that we are all going to have to keep up, even if it seems strange.

It will be difficult for everyone but neutral ground will be the same for everyone and I have not yet heard of a better solution.

I can see it will have more impact at the bottom of the table than at the top because the title race is over, Liverpool won it for all intents and purposes and no one can deny it.

It’s different at the bottom where it’s tighter and, obviously, there is the financial aspect of leaving the league, which is quite naturally terrified by the clubs.

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There has even been talk of some clubs joining them if they cancel relegation this year, with a suggestion that teams will always come and we will have a bigger league early next year.

I don’t know if it’s realistic to be honest, likes of Karren Brady would be made up, I’m sure, but what do you do next season, do you have five or six relegated?

I get sick and tired of all the tribal things about whether or not to continue because I’m sure a lot of people are.

No one needs to tell us here how important football is in all things, but the game has always been and will always be an integral part of people’s lives.

We need it and we deserve it in our lives and – when it is safe – football must come back to give us a boost.

It would give all of us something to look forward to on TV and help motivate people and get them back on track.

We have to find a way to make the most of it and it could be brilliant in a way, everyday games almost like a mini World Cup and I think most of the fans would do it once ‘they would have understood everything.

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It will be interesting and different, but whatever formula they offer, they have to do it because we cannot let this virus win.

It has already wreaked havoc in the lives of so many, but we must find a way to get through it, and as soon as it is sure, people must open their minds and realize that we must all work together for the sake of the game and the good of the country.


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