Under the bio-secure the lid of a sterile solution of Goodison Park, Jurgen Klopp’s side look to pick up half of the six points needed to win a first league title since 1990, on Sunday evening.
The victory of Arsenal to Manchester City at the beginning of this week will leave the runaway leaders of the league, needing a victory to make them champions of England for the 19th time.
The prospect of winning a maiden Premier League title at Goodison Park, in front of zero fans is even a remote possibility is a testament to the increasingly disconcerting times the world finds itself in mid-2020.
But still, such an event could happen. What are the chances for all of this back in August?
Usually the most ferocious of the bear-pits, Liverpool goes to visit the neighbor and enemy, without worrying about the nearly 40,000 baying masses that they are traditionally faced on trips across Stanley Park.
One of the most intimidating atmospheres for visiting team – not to speak of those in Liverpool red – Goodison will this time be silent when the two teams face each other.
After three months without competitive ball, Carlo Ancelotti, is the resurgence of the still injured, the Blues will be hell bent on denying any visit success on their lawn.
For the Liverpool supporters, they were forced to make peace with an inability to participate. There are clearly more important factors at play at the present time and for the next nine games, the best seat in the house will be in the house.
“I heard one day there is a very good sentence about that we have the best fans in the world “, Klopp has assumed recently. “And now, we have need of the best stay-at-home fans in the world. ”
For the thousands of people who have the habit of descending on Anfield, however, to adapt to the “new normal” may take some getting used to.
With the government-imposed lockout restrictions gradually begins to be facilitated by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, how are the fans of Liverpool who are preparing to welcome their first match since mid-March?
Neil Brophy has been at Anfield since a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in 1997, but his game-day routine was well adjusted, with a little creative thinking.
“I have a large screen and a projector, so I’m going to put it in place and have friends in the garden,” he said. “I put it in the garage and I’m waiting for ceiling mount to hang a projector now.
“But I think a few people have had the same idea, because the projector is sold out now!
“It is a bit surreal isn’t it? There were originally plans for a great evening when the title was won, but now, it will have to be socially distant party in the garden. It will always be great, but it is just a bit more of a shock. ”
The garden parties are a familiar theme from a future community of fans, it seems to me.
“I’ve had my fan card for about 13 or 14 years,” said lifetime Reds fan, Paul Karisa. “My first game was back in 1990. It was King Kenny’s testimonial against Real Sociedad and John Aldridge played Sociedad.
“If I didn’t get a ticket for the game now, I usually stay home and watch it, but if Arsenal manage to do us a favour on Wednesday, so I’ll probably be in one of my mates’ fortunes-the pubs in the garden at the back to watch the derby.
“I am sorry not to be able to be there to see us clinch the title. But I am sure that we will get this chance in the next two seasons with the way things are going. This team is not going to disappear anytime soon. ”
Football fans are superstitious. Match-day rituals and good luck charms are an integral part of the experience, but for the supporters who are now unable to attend, how these traditions manifest themselves in front of the TELEVISION screen?
“Everything on the go, the game is a ritual,” said Chris Allan, a season ticket holder since 1998.
“Before the match, drink in the Church before the game. Standing in the corner of the Kop concourse at half-time. Drinking warm Carlsberg…This will not be the same not to be there, but the beer will be well!
“I think it is important first of all to put a little perspective on it. Miss watching us lift the title is insignificant compared to what many families have dealt with during this pandemic.
“Leaving aside, though, it stings. Massively. People have invested a lot of emotion and money over the years in the hope of having ‘the time’, which has unfortunately been taken from us.
“It sounds good, even just to say the football is back. We have made arrangements for a few of us used to go to the game together to meet for a BBQ and a few beers – socially distancing, of course.
“One of the guys has actually built a bar outside, a TV in there, so we are all together. ”
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But with Liverpool on the verge of lifting a first league title in three decades without their supporters around them and an open-top parade simply out of the question, the surreal circumstances embolden Klopp costs to repeat the feat next time?
“I think they will go again next season “, said Neil. “As the Kiev loss has led us to Madrid [in the Champions League].
“Of course, it is always Manchester City and Chelsea seem to be buying, but I think they have that mentality now and the most difficult to earn is the first. ”
It’s a theory that seems to be common among the club fans.
“You only need to look at this group of players” mentality over the past two seasons, ” Chris adds. “They have lost the league with 97 points [last season]. They came from the back and uncomfortable the rest of the league.
“Given their record, who would bet against them doing it again next season? I hope that we will all be there to see that one! “