The Premier League is shut down until at least April 4th. But given the coronavirus has no concept of time and no respect for a shot-in-the-dark date on the calendar, there’s a decent chance we’ll have to go without watching Liverpool or any other football club for even longer.
Jürgen Klopp’s pre-Everton press conference was cancelled for obvious reasons on Friday morning but the club have since released a statement addressing the recent suspension of the domestic season.
“Liverpool Football Club continues to implement the government’s advice on the coronavirus outbreak and welcomes today’s Premier League statement to postpone all games, including Premier League, FA Cup, academy and Women’s Super League fixtures in the best interests of players, staff and supporters.
“The club has implemented its own precautions across its sites to minimise the spread of the coronavirus by minimising contact where practicable and reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take responsibility for excellent personal hygiene.”
There’s been no word yet on how this will affect team training. Each club will likely make their own training ground decisions but for the moment I’d imagine most or all players and staff are staying home.
Still, at some point players will have to return to the pitch and keeping up match-fitness through the enforced break will be key to Liverpool’s quick restart.
It’s going to be difficult talking about football for awhile since there isn’t going to be any actual football for awhile. Worthwhile Liverpool reports could come out at a painfully slow drip. And, as mentioned above, the great April 4th predicted reopening of proceedings could come and go with nary a ball kicked, leaving an unknown destiny for the season. We’ll do our best to make all the inactivity as impossibly interesting as we can.