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Life has proved that football is not more important

The famous Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly once famously said, 'Some people think football is a matter of life and death, I assure you, it's much more serious than that'.

Liverpool's own tragic history involving the Heysel Stadium and Hillsborough tragedies which saw 39 and 96 people die respectively, gave lie to that statement.

During COVID-19 sport was furloughed along with so many aspects of life, but we have missed the ordinary everyday thrills and spills of sport.

Fortunately we are now in a position where sport is coming back in a new guise with no spectators, horse racing to empty grandstands and paddocks, PGA golf with no patrons and Premier League football with no fans.

It will be different, probably a poorer spectacle devoid of any atmosphere, but still a welcome first step back.

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