If “minimum interference” can be achieved, VAR will hopefully become a positive influence on Premier League football. Regardless, it is here to stay.
For the fans, patience and a sense of perspective are required; they must trust in their manager.
Europe’s top sides have taken what they deem the necessary measures to ensure that similar madness does not ensue in the 2019-20 season.
As the world champions retained their crown and reasserted their dominance in the women’s game, the debate regarding their right to equal pay as the men’s national team should end.
This year in particular the cards have been dealt such that it feels as if there is more tournament football condensed into the post-season period than ever before.
For this tournament the pressure is on, given the continuing progression of this particular side along with the recent successes of various young England teams.
The final will be a culmination of not only the greatest edition of the Champions League in history, but a chance for one of Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino to finally lay a particular issue to rest, crowning a remarkable season.
More often than not, the Championship’s triumphant sides have battled and bounded their way up to the promised land with the help of Premier League loan singings.
Alexander-Arnold’s rise in such a short period of time has been nothing short of remarkable. As one of the hottest young properties in world football right now, and under the guidance of Klopp, the Scouser’s development is likely to continue at such speed.
For too long, football has been in denial, and “he wanted to continue” or “it’s just a knock to the head” are no longer acceptable responses.