As time goes in football isolation, you do wonder just how much of your remaining optimism is telling yourself that Liverpool will eventually get what they deserve this season. The vultures which continue to circle around the null and void button in the hope it is pushed — while hiding under some blanket of it being for the good of humanity — emerged again yesterday after Holland’s Erividese decided to cancel its season without a champion being named.
There are legitimate reasons as to why I’m relatively sanguine about the Dutch news, the biggest being that it is effectively nothing like England in terms of its makeup and financial structure. In addition, it was impossible for a champion to be agreed in the current standings as Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were both level on points at the top.
It will be interesting to see what legal ramifications arise from the Netherlands in the coming months. There is a genuine question about whether every fan who has attended a game in 2019/20 is entitled to a refund, given the competition they paid good money to see being declared an invalid product — something which in effect didn’t happen and is now banished from the history books.
Yet the thing I can’t fathom is why Holland, with 4,000 coronavirus related deaths made the decision, when Italy, which stands at a death count of 25,000 from the virus, remains determined as most of mainline Europe to complete it’s domestic campaigns? One thing which struck me was that there are no Dutch representatives left in either European competition this season, at its current frozen state.
It maybe easier then to cancel a domestic league if you have no teams with other interests present. If Ajax were at the same stage as they was last season, would the Erividese have succumbed as easily? Could you have a Eurpoean champion if there isn’t a domestic league that states they’ve competed in? All of these are questions which will only become clear with time, as will UEFA’s lenience on qualification next season from an unfinished league.
What that means for Liverpool remains unknown, but with both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers still in effect competing for European honours this season, and UEFA determined to honour both competitions, it might just add further weight to the Premier League’s prospects in time.
Perhaps I’m telling myself isolation tales and that this really just a matter of time before the inevitable. Or maybe that’s what those who want exactly that want all of us at Anfield to start believing and accepting. One thing which remains is that whatever way it’s done, Liverpool deserve the Premier League, and there is no other comparison across the world which comes close to how much.