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Liverpool get Premier League trophy lift hint as neutral venue debate continues


Liverpool have been shown what their behind-closed-doors Premier League title lift could look like – and there are a few differences to how things usually appear.

With top-flight football in England now scheduled to resume on June 17, it may not be long before the Reds secure what would be a first league title in 30 years.

Should Manchester City lose to Arsenal on the league’s first evening back, then a Liverpool win over neighbours Everton on the weekend of June 20 would ensure that they are champions.

The debate over where that and subsequent Reds games are played is still going on, with some authorities asking for matches to be switched to neutral venues over concerns that supporters could gather and break social distancing guidelines.

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Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has dimissed that notion, and isn’t too concerned about where his side will lift the trophy anyway, telling beIN Sports that “usually there’s a 50 percent chance you don’t become champion in your own stadium anyway … so who cares?”

Wherever it ends up happening though, both Klopp and Liverpool were shown what their celebrations could look like by Champions League rivals Red Bull Salzburg on Friday.

The Austrians – who faced the Reds twice in Europe this season and sold them Takumi Minamino in January – beat second division side Austria Lustenau 5-0 to claim the Austrian Cup, and then celebrated in a very modern way.

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Medals were picked up from a table

With the players picking their medals up themselves from a platform on the pitch, they then went and stood in individually marked areas a short distance from their other teammates.

Captain Andreas Ulmer then picked up the trophy and lifted it in front of the rest of the team, who then passed it around and each had their turn celebrating with it.

Players made sure not to touch each other during the celebrations

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Photos from the celebrations show them to not be too different to the sights we usually see, albeit with no fans present and at least a small distance between the vast majority of the players where possible.

Could we be seeing the same at Anfield or an as yet unspecified venue in the near future?





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