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Premier League Q&A: What yesterday's meeting of clubs means for Liverpool's title chances and rest of season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AFP/Getty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AFP/Getty

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: AFP/Getty

Will Liverpool win the title?

It seems so. The clubs reiterated the desire to complete the season during yesterday's conference call and the season has been extended indefinitely beyond the normal June 1 cut-off. Uefa wants the season to be completed by June 30, but there may well be flexibility. Any failure to do so may be seen as a curtailment of the campaign, rather than a cancellation.

Will games go behind closed doors?

There is a growing willingness among clubs to play out either part of the season or the remainder behind closed doors to avoid a curtailment.

How late could next season start?

It is understood that clubs have discussed the possibility of playing into July, taking August off and restarting in September.

This should satisfy Uefa, as it will be keen to complete the Champions League and Europa League, and for both to restart in September.

All the major bodies would like the season to be completed by June 30, but that may prove to be difficult.

Will other European leagues follow suit?

Uefa would like all the leagues to restart and finish at around the same time, but as long as a schedule can be fixed that allows the Champions League and Europa League to finish before June 30, then leagues could be staggered into July.

Will the FA Cup have to be scrapped?

This may have to be considered if the restart date keeps getting put back. An option would be to complete this season's FA Cup, but cut down next season's competition, most probably by scrapping replays.

Will players get a proper break between seasons?

If the season cannot be completed by June 30, clubs have discussed playing into July, having August off and restarting some time in September.

That would ensure that players had at least four weeks off, which, given the current break in play, should be enough time.

Irish Independent