Before football suspension, Liverpool was two wins from the Premier League title. But the unprecedented Coronavirus has stopped the match. Is this the first time for unexpected events to deny teams their long-awaited win?
Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to Champions League last season but ended the long wait for domestic success would trump that achievement.
With football certainty turning out to be uncertain, it remains a possibility that Liverpool could be denied the reward their season deserved.
Nonetheless the club and the authorities remain determined to complete the campaign. Contrarily, If the Premier League and government are unable to find a safe path forward, then, Liverpool’s 2019/20 could join a group of teams denied their crowning as a result of unexpected events.
Clubs denied wins as a result of the unexpected events.
Barcelona was under Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2008-this was the summer he took charge. His side adhered to Cruyff’s Total Football philosophy with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi leading a thrilling side.
Over the next three seasons, Barcelona won a hat-trick of leagues and two Champions Leagues. However, for a freak occurrence, Barcelona may have secured covet hat-trick of European Cups.
In the 2010 spring, a volcano Iceland brought Europe to a standstill. It erupted and plumes of volcanic ash hung over the continent causing severe travel disruption.
Barcelona had to resort to a two-day bus trip to their semi-final with Inter Milan. Inter Milan won their home leg 3-1 enough to see them through to the final where they beat Bayern Munich.
Regaining the Champions League the year after, comfortably beating Manchester United for the second time in three years, was the closing act of this Barcelona side. An enthralling unit denied their European Cup hat-trick and ultimately unable to match their forebears at Ajax.
This also prevented them from becoming the first team to win the trophy in three consecutive seasons in the Champions League era.