As football nears a return, attention seems to have turned to Liverpool’s title celebrations. Our writer Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) takes a look at how the trophy presentation could take place.
The return of Liverpool’s champions-elect squad returning to training this week was a hugely welcomed sight.
Klopp was beaming from ear to ear as his table toppers stepped up their preparations for a return to action.
It comes as Premier League teams started socially distant training sessions as the season’s restart creeps ever closer.
While there seems to be a little more certainty around when football will be back, fans remain in the dark.
Nobody seems to know when supporters can expect to return to the terraces, but with good reason amid the current pandemic.
All of this has brought up a really interesting debate in recent weeks surrounding the presentation of the league trophy.
While discussions continue about implications for relegation, the destination of the title is inevitable.
A lesson to be learned from Scotland?
Liverpool require only two more wins from their remaining nine games, currently sitting 25 points clear of second place.
It’s just a matter of time before Jordan Henderson shimmies away with the trophy in his hands.
And in my opinion, that trophy presentation and celebration should take place at the appropriate time at Anfield.
We saw Celtic hold a virtual title celebration this week as the Scotland’s top tier was wound up early.
Scott Brown paraded the trophy around an empty Celtic Park, but it was clear to see the joy on his face.
So when Liverpool eventually clinch the title, the players should be allowed to do the same thing.
There seem to be a lot of calls for the trophy presentation to be delayed until fans can join in.
Let the boys have their moment
I understand where these fans are coming from, and can guarantee the players would prefer to share that with the Kopites.
But COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so with social distancing measures, this looks to be an impossible dream.
This hurts me and all Liverpool fans the world over.
Our first title for 30 years, and Anfield can’t be at its best to bask in the glory and relief that this title will bring.
Imagine taking that away from the players who’ve put their blood, sweat and tears into making this happen this season.
Modern technology means we can join in any celebrations virtually from the comfort of our own homes.
Yes, it’s not the same, but it’s something.
But to tell the players, after clinching that trophy, they’ve got to wait for an unknown period of time to lift it, seems bizarre.
Delayed celebrations spites fans, too
It actually spites the fans as well as the players, as we’ll have to wait to celebrate fully, too.
We have to continue to make the best of a bad situation in everything we do during this pandemic.
To take away that joy for the squad and us fans at this time just seems counter intuitive.
Of course there will be a huge trophy celebration with fans and players as soon as it’s safe to do so.
But for now, we need to just reevaluate and let the players have their moment.
It’s unfair to say the players don’t want to celebrate with the fans, because of course they’d love nothing better.