Liverpool traders are gearing up for the moment Jurgen Klopp’s players will bring an end to Anfield’s 30-year wait for the title.
Shops and market stall holders began investing millions of pounds on souvenir stock when Liverpool romped 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League this season.
With two victories required to confirm Liverpool as the champions, the coronavirus pandemic struck to bring the normal existence to a grinding halt.
Traders will be hoping that the proposed Project Restart will bring an end to the campaign and that Liverpool will claim the six points needed to land the club’s first title since 1990.
Contrarily, it is likely the Reds will be crowned champions on a point-per-game basis if the plan to resume games flounder. The alternative would however cost Merseyside businesses a fortune.
Back in 2014, when Liverpool was out in front of Manchester City and Chelsea with three games of the season to go, souvenir sellers cashed in on tee-shirts celebrating the title.
The Steven Gerrard slipped against Chelsea and City came through to lift the Premier League. But this time, nothing will prevent Liverpool from landing to their glory. The club will desperately get back to action as soon as the Premier League restarts
Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters has confirmed plans to end the season are still there on a home and away basis.
However, the most controversial issue surrounding Project Restart was the prospect of matches being played at neutral venues.
All clubs were far from happy at potentially giving up home advantage when the league returns from its coronavirus-enforced suspension. But some saw it as a necessity to finish the campaign. But Masters informed the BBC the Premier League wanted “to play out the season as much as possible at home and away venues.”