Liverpool’s game against Wolves this weekend has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Premier League confirmed the news on Friday morning, with all ten of the league’s weekend fixtures called off.
Adding a bit more colour to the heavily debated decision was The Telegraph journalist Ben Rumsby. Taking to Twitter, Rumsby posted that, to his knowledge, there are four main reasons the Queen’s death has led to the cancellation of games.
Firstly, unlike with other sports, Elizabeth II was patron of the governing body – in this case the FA. Secondly, her grandson, Prince William, also happens to be the president of the Football Association.
Thirdly, football has a special symbolic value as the nation’s national sport. And finally, yesterday’s Europa League games at Manchester United and West Ham United have already given the chance for ‘initial tributes’ to be paid to the Queen.
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Whether or not the decision to postpone games is the right one will no doubt be debated long into the future.
But from a Liverpool point of view, it could be good news. On the one hand, tomorrow’s match against Wolves provided the perfect opportunity for an instant response to Wednesday’s awful defeat against Napoli.
Playing at Anfield, Liverpool would have had the home crowd ferociously behind them. With fans giving them little option but to take the three points, you’d have backed The Reds to bounce back.
Instead, they could now have to wait until October 1st to play in the Premier League again. As Rumsby pointed out earlier, next weekend’s game against Chelsea is also in jeopardy of being rearranged.
However, there’s no guarantee that Liverpool would have responded to Wednesday’s defeat, too.
With just three days turnaround between the games, Jurgen Klopp’s team could well still have been nursing a Napoli induced hangover.
A poor result at the weekend could have put real pressure on the team and the manager for Tuesday night’s clash with Ajax.
The pressure is still there, make no mistake about that. But with a couple of extra days to prepare, Liverpool should be better by the time Tuesday rolls around. They’ve got to be, haven’t they?