Twelve months ago, Liverpool’s wait was an anxious one.
After sweeping virtually all before them in the Premier League, the only thing stopping them from being crowned champions was the fate of the season itself.
As the world retreated back behind closed doors, a 25-point gap at the summit of the division left them just six more from history.
Isolation was a splendid one for Jurgen Klopp and his players.
The March international break is usually reserved for a mid-season jaunt for Klopp and his staff, but the nature of the global pandemic sent the Reds squad back into their homes to patiently await their fate.
Of course, they would get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. They would just be made to wait three months for it.
The season would finish and the title would be theirs before the end of June.
Just over a year on from that temporary closure of the Premier League, Liverpool‘s March of 2021 is a very different animal.
But there is still another wait on for Klopp and his team.
This time, it is a relatively short one, with 19 days between fixtures giving them their longest fixtureless gap of the campaign.
Klopp filled some of that space with an internal 11-versus-11 at the AXA Training Centre last week.
With the FA Cup taking centre stage, Liverpool’s fourth-round exit to Manchester United gave them the weekend off.
But with the Reds’ international contingent set for duty over the next 10 days or so, Klopp now has some down-time to plot.