For fans, adjusting to no football being on is a challenge. A loss of routine. No games to look forward to on the weekends or to break up the work week. No 90 minutes of turning off the outside world and watching a game being played.
For the players, most of whom have been immersed in the game since they were young children, it’s even harder. It’s not just the games that are gone but the training, the time teammates and coaches, replaced by home workout sessions and video calls.
“I think I take for granted that feeling of satisfaction,” said Liverpool centre half Joe Gomez when asked about the situation by Sky Sports. “When we’ve played 90 minutes and you come in the dressing room you just feel satisfied, like you’ve done something.
“Every day training at home for us now is like grinding it out, there are no highs and lows in the session, no atmosphere or thrill from the fans, it’s obviously a lot duller than when you’re playing 90 minutes.”
The hope, for Gomez and the rest of Liverpool’s players and the fans alike, will be for the situation to improve enough for the league to resume behind closed doors in early June. Whether it does, of course, is another question entirely.
In the meantime, all anyone can do is wait and hope. Hope that Germany, set to restart their league next month, successfully pulls it off; that testing becomes widespread enough that any kind of a restart in England is possible.
“It definitely puts perspective on things,” Gomez added. “As people in general, when there’s a sporting event, it’s one of those rare moments when you’re really immersed in the now and you’re just focused on what you’re watching.
“The rest of the time when we’re at work or in the house doing other things, your mind can be elsewhere. That 90 minutes is when you’re watching the game and really emotionally attached to something that you enjoy.
“As footballers, we’re definitely in a different state of mind to what we normally would be. It was 90 minutes, stop, recover and then think about the next game, whereas now, everyone is put into this category and everyone is normal at the end of the day.”