Premier League leaders Liverpool risk accusations of being a little too presumptuous by planning a trophy parade and advertising for stewards to control the crowd before the title has even been secured.
Per John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the jobs are being advertised on the internet by Blue Arrow in the event that Liverpool win the league.
The recruitment company asks for "stewards to help maintain the crowds along the planned route for the winner's bus, to ensure the smooth running to what will be a fantastic day!"
Red Issue offered a full job description via its Twitter account:
Whilst forward planning is understandable—the job advertisement was posted before the Chelsea defeat—the plain fact of the matter is that if Manchester City win their three remaining Premier League games against Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham, they will be crowned champions.
Should that scenario happen, Liverpool's job advertisement may well be used as a rod with which to poke fun at them by rival fans.
Of course, the reality is Liverpool are only acting responsibly. With experience of trophy parades in the locale—think the 2005 Champions League Final homecoming—they know the incredible turnout that will need stewarding if Steven Gerrard does lift the Premier League trophy.
The title picture will become clearer over the weekend. If City take three points away from Everton, they'll only have to win two highly winnable home games against Aston Villa and West Ham to seal top spot.
Should City drop points at Everton, Liverpool will have matters back in their own hands when they visit Crystal Palace on Monday before an end-of-season showdown with Newcastle.
Liverpool, like any successful job applicant for the steward's post, will hope the planned parade goes ahead. If it doesn't, they're open to ridicule, but at least the club are back in a position where they can even think about a Premier League trophy parade after years of underachievement.
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