Liverpool were not at their sparkling best during Project Restart, but all that mattered was winning that elusive Premier League title.
The Reds did all the hard work before the enforced break, and it was just about getting over the line after the resumption.
It was clear to see that some players hadn’t come back in top gear, which can be said for lots of Premier League stars having had several months off.
The level of performance was down slightly once the title had been won, which was to be expected.
But one man that really caught the eye though for Liverpool, was Naby Keita.
The star has largely struggled to show his best form for the club since his arrival in 2018, but he had the look of a man determined to make an impression ahead of 2020/21.
It was almost as though he was treating the last batch of games as an audition – and it might be time for Jurgen Klopp to entrust the Guinean dynamo a little more than usual.
TBR’s View – Keita from the off?
Given Liverpool won the league so comfortably, it would probably seem harsh for the manager to replace any of his regular starters.
But Keita – who earns around £120,000-a-week (Spotrac) – finished 2019/2o with a flourish, and his thunderbolt against Chelsea at Anfield was a reminder of the 25-year-old’s serious ability.
One would think Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are the nailed on starters in midfield, meaning Gini Wijnaldum would perhaps have to become the unfortunate casualty.
One just gets the sense that Keita is seeming more comfortable around Anfield now, and he could explode next season if backed early and regularly by his manager.