Football has been left in limbo by the Coronavirus, quite rightly suspended indefinitely until it is safe to return.

Some things are more important than simple sports, and the health of every player, coach, official, staff member and fan is definitely one of those.

But with Liverpool just a maximum of six points away from winning a maiden Premier League title, you can forgive a little frustration and impatience at the enforced wait.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will be itching to return when given the green light, eager to cap off a memorable season with the club’s so far most-elusive prize.

In truth, what difference does a couple of months make? Liverpool fans have been waiting 30 years to see their side crowned champions of England while the Reds first team know their latest trophy is firmly within their sights.

While the delay might be frustrating for some, it presents opportunities for others with the likes of Alisson set to be back from injury when Liverpool finally return to the pitch.

Elsewhere, it presents the likes of Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino fresh opportunity to get up to speed with the rest of the squad and be ready to go again on a level playing field for the final weeks of the season.

The same can be said of Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, though the current climate also presents fresh frustration for the quartet with their own Anfield futures uncertain.

But there is one Liverpool player the break couldn’t have been timed worse for.

Rhian Brewster.

It feels the highly-rated striker has been playing catch-up ever since a horrific leg and ankle suffered in January 2018 sidelined him for well over a year, just weeks after starring for England Under-17s as they won the World Cup.

Returning towards the end of last season, the 19-year-old featured prominently in pre-season for Klopp’s side before being handed his first taste of senior football with a handful of cup appearances in the first half of the season.

Watching international colleagues Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi rise through the ranks to establish themselves for Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Chelsea as he worked his way back from injury, Brewster could be forgiven for wondering ‘what if’ as he belatedly looked to follow the same path at Anfield.

Behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Champions League hero Divock Origi in the pecking order, opportunities were unsurprisingly limited and the decision was made for Brewster to leave on loan in January as he reunited with his England Under-17s-winning coach Steve Cooper at Swansea City.

This was his chance to show what he could do at the Liberty Stadium, to score the goals that took the Swans back into the Premier League.

But so far it hasn’t been plain-sailing.

Getting up to speed after injury and learning your trade in the men’s game was never going to be easy, especially under the judgmental glare of Liverpool fans eager to see if the starlet is worth the hype and coaches wanting to see him fulfill his early potential.

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And a return of four goals from 11 outings has been respectable from the now England Under-21s international in a Swansea side enduring mixed fortunes as they put together a faltering play-off hunt in the tightest of battles with nine games left to play.

Sitting just three points off sixth-placed Preston North End, the Reds starlet could indeed still finish the season celebrating a promotion to the Premier League.

But with his January loan move more about getting vital game-time and building rhythm, the enforced break has proven to be another obstacle Brewster will have to overcome if he is to make it as Liverpool first team player.