Liverpool’s dream of becoming Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation, rather the stadium will be silent and the streets empty.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad needed Manchester City to lose to Burnley on Saturday to give them a chance to seal the deal at their local rivals Everton two days later.
Regardless of whether it would have happened at Goodison Park or over the coming weeks, their first top-flight title for 30 years was a mere formality.
But now fans are anxiously waiting to know when, or even if, they will be crowned champions after the coronavirus laid waste to the global sporting calendar.
The message coming from Liverpool is that there are more important issues than football to talk about, even with the club tantalisingly close to glory.
Klopp said in a statement: “I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things“,
“Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all, If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”
Klopp’s stance won him the support of World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who thanked him for his “powerful message”.
Liverpool supporters, desperate to reclaim their position at the pinnacle of the English game, agree with their German manager, saying the pandemic over-shadows football.