6 outstanding issues for Liverpool as stars train ahead of Premier League return

Liverpool's first-team squad looked in a relaxed mood as they continued training in small groups on Saturday ahead of a potential return to Premier League action in the near future.

With top-flight chiefs seemingly confident of football resuming next month, Reds fans will be able to start getting excited again about an inevitable first top-flight title since 1990, with Jurgen Klopp's side needing just two more victories to seal first place.

But other than winning the league there are a number of other things Liverpool supporters will be keeping a key eye on if/when the action does return.

Here are just six of them:

1) Can they break Premier League record points tally?

If Liverpool can replicate the form they have shown all season, they stand a strong chance of breaking the 100-point record set by Manchester City's 'Centurions' in 2017/18.

The Reds have only dropped points twice this campaign and find themselves on 82 points with nine games remaining.

With 27 points up for grabs and a minimum of 19 needed to break the record, the league-leaders could technically clinch the Premier League title with a monstrous 109 points.

Meanwhile, their points-per-game of 2.83 puts them on course to gain 107 points – implying they may win eight of their remaining games and draw one.

The least Liverpool need to do to break the points record is secure five wins and four draws or six wins, one draw and two defeats to earn 101 points.

You certainly wouldn't bet against it.

2) Can Salah or Mane win the Golden Boot?

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane shared last season's Golden Boot with Arsenal frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – and the African trio are set to compete for the accolade again in this campaign's run-in.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy currently leads the scoring charts with 19 goals, two ahead of Aubameyang and three ahead of Salah.

Mane, who has netted 14 times, has some catching up to do, though his seven assists are more than any other player who is in double figures for goals.

With his shared victory last year, Salah joined an elite club of forwards who have won back-to-back Golden Boots. If he can close the gap on Vardy in the remaining games, he will join Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the third player in Premier League history to win the accolade for three consecutive seasons.

3) Will Klopp win Manager of the Season?

It will take something special for someone to dislodge the charismatic German from his path to a first Manager of the Season award.

After so far dropping points only twice and breaking numerous awards on the way to a 25-point lead at the Premier League's summit, Klopp appears to be a shoo-in for the award.

Remarkably, the Reds boss has won five of the seven Manager of the Month awards this season – with Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche claiming the other two on offer.

Perhaps the only thing that could stop the accolade from adorning Klopp's trophy cabinet would be a late surge up the table by Chris Wilder's Sheffield United.

The feat of achieving Champions League qualification directly after promotion from the Championship could be enough – but if the Blades fall short, we expect Klopp will breeze his way to this award.

4) Can fringe players impress?

If, as expected, the Reds do win the league with a number of games to spare, Klopp may well take the opportunity to rotate his starting 11 and give some of his lesser-spotted squad members a chance to shine.

January signing Takumi Minamino has yet to really make an impression, and could certainly do with a run of games in the starting line-up, while Naby Keita has again flattered to deceive and still has a point to prove.

Meanwhile the likes of Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to move on this summer, but may be afforded one last chance to make their mark by Klopp.

It will be intriguing to see who can seize the opportunity when it is given to them.

5) Can Alexander-Arnold break his own assist record?

You know you're a bit special when you are trying to break Premier League records you have already set – at the age of 21.

It's been another phenomenal campaign for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made history last season by notching up the highest number of assists in a Premier League season by a defender (12).

This year so far he has… 12. Meaning the youngster has nine games to grab one more and keep leading the way for attack-minded full-backs.

It would be another superb achievement for a man who continues to reinvent his position.

Who knows how far he could go. Frankly, the sky is the limit.

6) Will Henderson win PFA Player of the Year?

He was the bookies' favourite before football was suspended, and a few more imperious performances from centre midfield could well see Reds skipper Jordan Henderson win PFA Player of the Year.

He would certainly be a popular choice for everyone connected with the club, with his leadership skills both on and off the pitch having been praised all season.

He faces stiff competition from his own teammate Mane as well as the sensational Kevin de Bruyne, however, and with so little to choose between, them the manner in which each of them finishes the season could prove crucial as to deciding the eventual winner.

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