LIVERPOOL: When Liverpool finally regain the league title after a 30-years wait, the COVID-19 crisis has ensured that the celebrations will look very different from the joyous scenes that received their latest hit.
Regardless of whether they finally win it at home or away, the celebrations that marked their Anfield victory over Queens Park Rangers who won the league in 1990 will not be repeated.
With games currently taking place behind closed doors and large gatherings being banned, fans will have to find novel ways to mark the occasion.
“For many of us, this has been a party that has been in development for three decades, so everyone has their own idea of what they plan to do,” Liverpool fan and co-founder of The Anfield Wrap podcast Gareth Roberts told Reuters. .
“Some have a special cigar that they are going to smoke, or a bottle of champagne or wine that they have been keeping all these years and that is going to break.”
“There is another boy who said he just wants to sit in a tree and watch the world go by with Liverpool as champions!” added.
Liverpool have a 20-point lead over second-place Manchester City, with eight games remaining this season.
If they beat Crystal Palace at home on Wednesday, they could wrap up the title as early as Thursday, providing City drop points in Chelsea.
Roberts said fans around the world have contacted him to discuss how they will toast the team when the long title drought ends.
Among fans eager to celebrate is former Sweden defender Glenn Hysen, who played in the league-winning Reds’ latest team.
He had planned to be in England as an ambassador for Swedish Liverpool fans, but those plans were thwarted by travel restrictions due to the virus.
Instead, he and his fellow Swedish Liverpool fans will meet in Gothenburg, where he now lives to watch the remaining matches.
“We have booked a beer tasting the night Liverpool play City, so I hope they can win it,” the smiling 60-year-old told Reuters.
“Either way, we’ll be all inside!”