Sometimes life becomes ironic and Liverpool fans will be feeling that these days. The club hasn’t won the Premier League since 1990 and only a catastrophe would prevent them from winning the title this season. However, it seems like they will have to wait some additional time after the outbreak of the coronavirus that suspended all football in the country.
Worst time to stop for Liverpool
Liverpool was recently eliminated from the Champions League by Atlético de Madrid on a somewhat frustrating tie for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but the truth is that the defence of the European title is now impossible and the team would wish to respond to that adversity with the confirmation of the Premier League title.
Unfortunately, English football stopped for security reasons and the club from the city of the Beatles and they will have to wait for an uncertain period of time to finally close out a long drought of 30 years without winning the domestic competition. Therefore, this was clearly an inglorious stoppage for the Reds that have 25 more points than the 2nd place Manchester City, when there are only 9 matches left to be played.
Curiously, Liverpool’s next encounter will be against Manchester City at the Etihad and a victory there would seal the title right there, away from home against their rivals. But, with every competition stopped until the beginning of the next month, the fans of the club will have to withstand their anxiety for a couple more weeks or months and it is natural for them to be desperate these days, because it seems like there is an utopic conspiration that insist on postponing their title winning celebrations.
Manchester United also have reasons to be dissatisfied with this break
Another one of the English clubs that certainly wasn’t happy for this break was Manchester United, that was on an amazing moment of form, which allowed them to reach the 5th place of the Premier League, advance onto the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and practically ensure their spot amongst the set of 8 teams in the quarterfinals of the Europa League after running over LASK Linz in Austria by a clear scoreline of 5-0.
With Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo proving to be very good signings on the winter transfer window and with the reassertions of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in the midfield offering more solidity to the intermediate sector, United is now a more robust team and with diverse options that allow them to be competitive on several competitions.
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For that reason, and going through a streak of 11 unbeaten matches – with 3 consecutive victories – it is natural that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t very interested on a forced competitive stoppage right during his team’s best period since he took control of the club on the last season.
With a qualifying spot to the next edition of the Champions League now well within their reach, and two potential titles still on the horizon in the FA Cup and the Europa League, Manchester United are certainly anxious for a quick restart of the competitions, something that apparently shouldn’t happen, for their frustration.
Fight to avoid relegation postponed with 6 teams on the fight
In terms of the fight to avoid relegation amongst the elite of English football, there are several clubs that have faced this competitive stoppage as an opportunity to breathe a little in order to catch their breath for the 9 frenzy rounds that will decide which teams get relegated.
Right now, Norwich City is the team in worst position, with only 21 points conquered and currently in last place of the standings. Still, the Canaries aren’t out of the fight, because meanwhile they are also dreaming about winning the FA Cup, after eliminating Spurs in London to advance onto the quarterfinals.
Aston Villa (25 pts) and Bournemouth (27) are two of the other clubs currently on the relegation zone, but Watford (27), West Ham (27) and Brighton (29) are also involved on that fight and all it takes is a win from the Villains or the Cherries to throw one of these contenders to the relegation zone.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
Basically, there are 8 points separating 6 teams and the fight promises to be fierce until the end of the season, and now it is time to sharpen the edges before the decisive attack to the last rounds of the competition.
But this battle can be considered even more balanced if we exclude Norwich that seems to be a bit sunk on the bottom of the standings. In that case, we will have 5 teams separated by only 4 points trying to escape the two spots that will relegate two clubs to the Championship in 2020/21.
All of these are questions that will have to await answer for several weeks, since the Premier League will be suspended until April 3rd, but it is not, however, certain that it will return at that time. Everything will depend on the development (or not) of the new coronavirus, and the most recent updates aren’t exactly exciting, since the United Kingdom is heading towards the 1500 confirmed cases and this number has been increasing on a daily basis.