It’s been more than two months without football. More than two months since the season was put on hold. And about two months now since, had a global pandemic not derailed everything, Liverpool would have been lifting the Premier League trophy.
For the fans it’s been a long and rather bizarre additional delay at the end of a thirty-year title drought. For the players, so used to playing year round, it’s been even stranger to have to hit pause, something left back Andrew Robertson reflected on this week.
“We’re so used to competing and we’ve not competed in a very long time,” Robertson told the club’s website of the long wait to get back to playing—and to wrap up the league title. “Now we want to get back to it, we want to get back to competing.
“It’s been 30 long years for this club and the fans probably couldn’t have imagined we’d have to wait nine weeks when we were so close to going into games where we hopefully could have won to seal the Premier League title. But we’ll get back to it.”
There are legitimate reasons to question the wisdom of the Premier League’s push to return to action on June 17th with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, but with contact training resuming this week, for now at least Project Restart going ahead as planned.
And the noises coming out of the Liverpool camp at least appear to be positive—the players and coaches at least all do seem to feel safe and eager to be getting back to training and to be looking forward to playing, even if it will be without the fans to start off.
“The light at the end of the tunnel was just getting back into training, to be honest,” Robertson added. “At times, there were some days you didn’t think that would have been possible, but now we’re back here, we can look forward and look to the next step.
“Would we like to play in front of 55,000 people at Anfield? Of course we would. Winning games or whatever without the fans won’t feel the same, but we know that in their houses they will be supporting us like mad and we’ll feel that support.
“Hopefully we can celebrate a title if we get the job done—and there will be time to celebrate it when the time is right. But for now we need to keep focused, we know whatever games are coming we need to get them won and get that trophy.”