Liverpool Should Have Lifted The Premier League Trophy At Anfield This Afternoon
Today would have been the day Liverpool's 30 year wait for a Premier League trophy lift came to an end.
Jurgen Klopp's side are two wins away from being crowned champions and have an astonishing 25 point lead at the top of the table.
It's very likely they'd have earned six points from their final nine games, meaning the original season format would have seen them taking on Chelsea at Anfield in their final home game of the season today.
At full-time, captain Jordan Henderson would step up to perform his trademark trophy lift and Liverpool will have won their 19th English title.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has halted all hope of that and it's unknown when or where the Premier League trophy will be lifted.
'Project Restart' is currently in the works as a way to conclude the season and if it is approved, the rest of the season will be played behind closed doors.
All games will likely be played at neutral venues as well, meaning it will be a long time before Anfield sees a trophy lift.
'Project Restart' has been met with resistance from some Premier League sides, with up to nine teams contesting the current plan.
It is understood that teams from across the table are concerned with player safety and one team has told stars they do not have to play.
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The season will resume with no fans allowed in stadiums and there are a variety of other measures set to be put in place.
It has been reported by The Telegraph that teams won't be allowed to swap shirts at the end of games for up to 12 months.
Other rules will include no spitting on the pitch as well as not sharing water bottles.
FIFA announced on Friday that a variety of rules could be changed if/when football returns.
The world football governing body have liaised with lawmakers from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) - who have approved the introduction of five substitutions for teams to lessen the load on players who now look set to play a high volume of games in a short period of time following the COVID-19 outbreak.
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With fears of fatigue and injuries following an extended, unscheduled rest period, clubs will almost definitely be pleased with the decision to allow for an extra two substitutions.
There will only be three in-game opportunities to make substitutions, with an extra sub allowed in extra time.
Also part of the confirmed changes is the ability to scrap VAR in the middle of the season - though this will depend on each individual league and how they elect to act.
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