This is not Anfield and this is not a real Premier League term.
But the real tragedy for Liverpool, now seventh and fresh from five straight home defeats, is the lasting ramifications this dystopian pseudo-season will have on what had looked like a blindingly bright future just last summer.
At a time when no supporters are allowed inside grounds across the country, a condensed calendar has led to an emphatic surge of muscle injuries that have robbed those still tuning into the overwhelming volume of TV fixtures of the sport’s brightest talents.
On top of the sterile and interchangeable environments that matches are played in by patched-up and exhausted squads, the looming spectre that is VAR is never too far away from raising its cold, dead hand.
A hand that is probably in possession of an offside flag.
So the plain facts are that it might be easier for some who have been unable to attend live football for the last 12 months to switch off, tune out and build up a hardened apathy towards a distorted product of what they once knew as football.
A cursory glance across social media shows an apparently increasing number of Liverpool supporters, some of them staunch followers who travel the length and breadth of the country and continent, seemingly content to shut off until next season.
The game, in its current form – while infinitely preferable to the wilderness that was the three-month hiatus last year – is apparently too far removed from what many remember, which was something they loved.
Now, it is said to be endured mainly out of routine.
But while those who support have the luxury to be able to choose the scale of their emotional investment to an extent, those on the inside at Liverpool simply do not.
For them, the fight continues.
Even if they are looking at the lights and trying to answer a count right now.
So Jurgen Klopp and his punch-drunk squad will carry on. There is no other choice.
It would be easy to bury heads in the sand and write this season-like-no-other off as just that.
With supporters hopefully back inside stadiums across English football next season and Liverpool potentially towards the back end of their centre-back crisis, Klopp will once more have something close to a full complement of the squad who won the title by 18 points in July.
Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota are also on board and Klopp may finally, belatedly, get to name what he will feel is his strongest XI.
There, then, is some optimism on the horizon as far as next season is concerned, even if many cannot understandably see the wood for the trees right now.