During the suspension, Liverpool and their supporters must have content with a lot of discussion.
A lot to talk about him.
First there was the nullity of the brigade, desperate for the season to be declared struck off according to their own agenda.
Then came the discussion about Liverpool might be the asterisk champions, and how Jurgen Klopp on the side could never be considered real winners, despite having erased almost all records before the season was put on hold .
And when it became clear that the campaign was going to resume, there were calls for the Reds to play anywhere, but where they were originally scheduled to play.
Fortunately, all of these cats have, for the most part, been put to bed. Liverpool resume at Goodison on Sunday against Everton, where the victory would be to take an important step closer to a first 30-year championship.
But there is a suggestion that continues to linger. And it has left many Liverpool fans scratching their heads.
Without one of the Premier League ball having been kicked out since March 9, Klopp on the side suddenly the gap has been bridged considerably by Chelsea and Manchester United.
A gap, by the way, which currently stands at 34 and 37 points respectively.
The devotee for Chelsea has come from the realization of the Londoners, armed with the sale money, of the past and imminent Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, will grow big this summer.
They already have Hakim Ziyech. They could have Ben Chilwell. But the signature, it must be completed, which stirred the belief is that of Timo Werner after Liverpool is not a plus.
United, meanwhile, in a way that the momentum of a decent life 11 games without defeat, despite not having played since March 12. And a lot of excitement is engendered by a likely return to the Champions League, although perhaps ultimately as a result of the city’s neighbors being banned from the competition.
Liverpool, by comparison, saw their future questioned before this season was further completed. No major signings are expected this summer, the team is aging, they will be found. You know the chorus.
Will Chelsea be better equipped to challenge the Reds? Absolutely, boss, Frank Lampard and his young experiential learning and new hires building their team.
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Will Kingdom be closer to Liverpool next season? So you think, there is surely going to be an inevitable fall of the Reds and, thus, United could not get much worse than they have been for much of the campaign. Plus, they will not be shy about spending money.
But everyone is talking about the pair now having dragged considerably closer to the Reds is just ridiculous.
Evidence come out of the high, not the words that filled the void without matches by which hopes and expectations can be more properly judged. And with their all-conqueror of the squad very closely intact, Liverpool are likely to be fighting again with the city’s usual rivals next season.
Everyone admits today that the title is for Anfield. But Klopp has good reasons to use the last nine games to assert their superiority over Chelsea, United, and the rest. Put on.