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Reds on edge - but they won't fall into the void; BLOOD RED ...WITH THE INSIDE TRACK FROM ANFIELD.

Byline: Ian Doyle @IANDOYLESPORT ian.doyle@reachplc.com

T'S all about the void for Liverpool at present.

IAnd we're not talking about the prospect of the Premier League season being scrapped. Well, not exclusively, at any rate. Instead, it's the huge chasm that has been left by the absence of football - and, just as pertinently, the hullabaloo and circus that follows it from game to game, venue to venue.

Supporters, it seemed, simply couldn't get enough of Jurgen Klopp's side. Particularly this season when they were building on last term's Champions League triumph by adding the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Cup and strolling towards a remarkable first title in 30 years.

The monster demanded to be fed. And the appetite was insatiable.

And then... it stopped. The world grinding to a halt, turned upside down, and somewhat scarier as a consequence. The situation remains ongoing.

That was back on March 13, with it now being a full 45 days since Liverpool fans could see their heroes in action, the lengthiest such gap - including friendlies - since July 2017.

Indeed, it might be a good while longer before supporters are able to attend matches.

Government and science will deal with that conundrum much further down the line.

In the meantime, while some have temporarily lost their hunger for Liverpool, the majority of followers are still seeking their regular fix.

But rather than giving fans reason to relax, the Reds' record 25-point lead at the Premier League summit has instead prompted more sweating than if Klopp's men were ahead only on goal difference.

And the lack of meaningful movement regarding the fate of the campaign - which will remain the case the longer lockdown is extended - has meant every related development from further afield is magnified to the nth degree.

Take the news on Friday that the Dutch FA had decided to end the Eredivisie.

Cue the usual suspects - not least Piers Morgan, a fan of struggling Arsenal - continuing their calls for the Premier League to also be declared null and void.

Except, of course, that's not what is happening in Holland, a decision forced upon them by the Dutch government banning all professional sports until September.

Sure, there is no champion and no relegation, but the European qualification berths have been determined using current placing - the sporting merit UEFA had demanded earlier in the week.

There's a chance the Premier League could ultimately follow suit if there's no feasible way the action can resume before August.

After all, Belgium have - and Scotland want to.

But their situation is different to the one with which the Dutch had to contend - both have clear leaders, while in Holland that Ajax and AZ Alkmaar are separated by goal difference with each having nine games to play underlines neither could stake a genuine clam to the title.

Club Brugge have already been declared champions by the Belgian FA, while Celtic are expected to be awarded likewise north of the border.

Neither, though, possess the size of lead Liverpool enjoy, the Reds needing to win only two of their remaining nine games to claim a first Premier League crown.

It highlights how each league is its own separate, individual case.

Each will have their own way of ending the campaign fairly while also mindful of the fact there is, as yet, utterly no guarantee they'll be able to start a new campaign on schedule.

Liverpool fans will remain on edge, but they need not be.

Realistically, the only way Klopp's side can lose the title is by having their mammoth advantage overturned in the remaining games, should the season be completed as normal.

And if that happens, Reds fans will be disappearing into another type of void altogether.

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Author:Ian Doyle @IANDOYLESPORT ian.doyle@reachplc.com
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUNE
Date:Apr 25, 2020
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