An immediate end to the season would actually fix a difficult motivational problem facing Liverpool for next season.
No one knows exactly what will happen but it looks very unlikely that football will simply resume in early April. That was the original plan but the Independent reported recently that Premier League clubs are braced for a September restart.
That throws up more questions, of course. Would that be a new season or a continuation? And if it’s a continuation, what about next season?
The Telegraph reported on Friday that clubs are discussing options. Thus there is a real chance that we see a premature end to the current season. Whether that would lead to Liverpool as champions is one thing but there is a definite benefit to that, from a red perspective.
That benefit is motivational. Without this suspension – and particularly after the defeat to Atletico Madrid – Liverpool were going to struggle with motivation.
They’ve utterly dominated this campaign, after all, and were going to complete a 30-year goal. Where do you go from there? Especially when the last three months of the season didn’t matter. Compared to last season, which ended spectacularly, there wouldn’t be any momentum for the next campaign.
An end to the season now, however, changes that. Liverpool may not have to play out a pointless final few months. It also means they’ve finished on a negative with the Atletico defeat – or in other words, with something to prove.
That can generate momentum and motivation. But despite the record points total, they may end the season on a low note, with room for improvement.
And considering things were heading in the opposite direction, that can be a good thing.