Sports Mole examines how Liverpool could field their first game after the lockdown – a Merseyside derby against Everton that could see them clinch the title.
fears that Liverpool could be denied the Premier League title in circumstances totally beyond their control which were assuaged by the competition confirming their intention to start again on 17 June.
Jürgen KloppThe team have swept almost everything before them this season and went into lockdown with a 25-point lead at the top of the table – the biggest gap between first and second in Premier League history.
The Reds need just six more points to finally clinch a first top-level crown since 1990, and they could even do so in their first comeback – against rivals Merseyside Everton.
Manchester City would have to lose to Arsenal for that to be the case, but in any case it now seems like it is a matter of time before the elected champions are officially crowned.
Here, before their return later this month, Sporty Taupe see how Klopp could set up his squad in the first return leg.
Outside: Nathaniel Clyne (knee)
Doubtful: Xherdan Shaqiri (calf)
Klopp should be able to name his strongest XI when play resumes, with just two injuries doubts Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri have.
Clyne hasn’t played for Liverpool since 2018 and has been sidelined with a knee ligament injury throughout the campaign so far, while Shaqiri has also had a frustrating season in terms of fitness.
Shaqiri was expected to have recovered at this point, although he has yet to be spotted on the training ground and therefore remains in doubt.
Stopping the game allowed Alisson becker the chance to fully recover from his injury, while the back four Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew robertson is Klopp’s premier defensive unit.
Adam lallana and Naby Keïta are also fit again to challenge midfield places alongside players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James milner, but the favorite trio remains Georginio wijnaldum, Fabinho and candidate player of the year Jordan henderson.
There is also no doubt about the top three picks, and Mohamed salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane escaped the containment unscathed.
Divock Origin has a superb record against Everton and can therefore be considered for a role on that basis, but any involvement is much more likely to come from the bench.