When football was plunged into lockdown last March, with Liverpool on the cusp of winning their first league champion for 30 years, there were those who recommended that their achievement needs to be marked with an asterisk.

With a busy schedule, matches behind closed doors and the introduction of 5 substitutes when the Premier League resumed in June, it was argued that the record books should reflect the unusual conditions in which the season was being completed.

Yet two thirds of last season was played in normal conditions. If anything, it is this present project that should bring an asterisk. Teams have actually had little chance for pre-season and injuries have actually been commonplace. There has been next to no rest in a jam-packed program and numerous teams