The prospect of Liverpool not winning the league has been unthinkable for some time.
The Reds were on a truly inexorable march towards their first title in 30 years before the coronavirus pandemic called the Premier League season to a halt.
There is now genuine uncertainty about whether Jurgen Klopp’s men can be crowned champions if it proves impossible to complete the 2019/20 campaign’s fixtures.
A number of possibilities have been raised if, as expected, the calendar does not restart on April 4. Games could play on into the summer (with Euro 2020 being cancelled), or rival clubs could just concede the title given that Liverpool are already 25 points clear and require just two more wins.
It’s likely we won’t know more until Thursday, when Premier League officials are holding another emergency meeting to discuss their options.
Yet that fear is gripping every Liverpool fan right now, none more so than Jamie Carragher.
The former centre-back took to Twitter to discuss Karren Brady’s comments about it being ‘fair’ and ‘reasonable’ that the season is declared null and void. Easy enough to say, when your team is battling relegation.
Piers Morgan had defended the West Ham chairwoman, writing:
“Why is @karren_brady getting slaughtered for saying this? There’s no chance of this season being completed so the ONLY fair thing to do under such completely unprecedented circumstances is to cancel it & start again in August.”
“Have a look at Klopp’s comments compared to Karren Brady’s. What’s fair is to finish the season for teams in every league when the [football] is allowed to start again.
“The [football] authorities found a way to put a World Cup in the middle of a season so I’m sure they can sort next season out.”
Most can sympathise with Liverpool over a situation entirely out of their control. We suspect even Gary Neville is among them, but that didn’t stop him taking the opportunity to rinse his fellow Sky Sports pundit with a tweet that immediately started to go viral.
Neville has been absolutely revelling in the thought of Liverpool ‘bottling it’ – his words, not ours – ever since they were thrashed 3-0 at Watford and lost their unbeaten record.
The reality, of course, is that nobody would really be satisfied by the whole season being scrapped, even the bitterest of Manchester United fans – for whom the title race has been a very painful watch.