Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he had fears his side would be denied the chance to win the club's first top-flight title in 30 years due to the coronavirus crisis.
After football was suspended in March there were suggestions the whole season could be declared null and void, something which would have prevented Liverpool sealing what now appears an inevitable Premier League win.
The Reds return to action to face rivals Everton on Sunday knowing victory would leave them needing a minimum of just three more points to confirm the title.
But speaking ahead of the game against the Toffees Klopp said he experienced a few nervy moments during lockdown.
"I didn't think when we went to lockdown 'Oh my god, that is our season, we are so close', because it was not important in that moment," he said.
"I became worried in the moment when people started talking about 'null and void' this season because I was like 'Wow'.
"I really felt it physically. That would have been really, really hard. We don't expect to get it as a present so we didn't want to have a points-per-game basis so we were really happy when it was decided we could play again.
"There were moments when some people brought it up from time to time for different reasons but when it was off the table I felt quite relieved.
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"If they had done points per game and we couldn't have played then we would have been champions but now we aren't and we have to play for it and that is great, that is how it should be in sports. And now we go for it."
Klopp is hopeful Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and Alisson will be fit for the game, with the three having missed some recent training sessions with minor issues.
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