COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on people’s lives, including health and finances. So when Jurgen Klopp mentioned that football was important among the unimportant things, he had a point. However, that does not negate that football is incredibly important in our lives. It is not a matter of life and death, but it certainly provides a sense of passion, camaraderie, and pure entertainment that our lives have missed over the past three months.
It’s great that the Premier League has returned to action, even if the players are still a bit sluggish and the stadiums are empty. This is still our year, and I’m not the only one who is glad we get to finish the season, regardless of the less-than-optimal circumstances.
If you are stuck in another country, or are living somewhere without access to live television channels, you may be wondering how to stream football live. Here are some simple steps.
Get a VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) is a piece of software that is generally used for security purposes. It keeps hackers from stealing your identity and government from surveilling you. It does this by routing your connection through an external server, hiding your IP address and encrypting your data.
When routing you through an external server, it makes it look like you are connecting from that location. This allows you to see content that is normally geo-blocked in your real location. So, if you are in a country where the football is not shown live, or it is on a channel you have to pay for, you can connect through another country.
This can be especially useful if you are watching Champions League from home
. The Champions League might not be shown on the channels you have access to. However, if you connect through another country where it is affordable, you can subscribe for a much better price. You may need a local address to do so, but examples can be found with a little bit of research.
I know I’m not the only one who wishes football was put on a break the day before the game with Atletico, rather than the day after. Still, after months without any football, just being able to watch European competition when it restarts will feel like a relief.
There is another strange feature you will find when watching football from home post-COVID-19. Some channels give you the option to watch with or without “crowd noise”
. There is obviously no live crowd, so any crowd noise is virtual noise supplied by EA Sports and other media companies.
At first, it will feel strange watching with fake crowd noise, but I recommend it over the alternative. Watching without any crowd noise at all feels eerie and uncomfortable. You can hear everything you don’t really want to hear, including players shouting, grunting, and even spitting.
Getting used to the idea that the “crowd noise” makes any real difference will take a little bit of time, but you will get there.
Watching football from home can feel quite lonely and dispiriting. Now is the perfect time to get on Twitter
if you haven’t already. Twitter can be a toxic platform, especially if you are discussing politics. However, when watching Liverpool live, Twitter provides the community you are missing.
Simply search for Liverpool and you will find thousands of tweets coming through about the match in progress. You can easily add your thoughts to the mix, and you will appreciate the opportunity to do so. There is nothing more frustrating than having to watch a bad refereeing decision on your own. With everyone tweeting about it, you feel far more vindicated.
When Liverpool score, you don’t have to celebrate alone with the fake crowd noise. You can express your enthusiasm on Twitter and have others cheer along with you.
More online suggestions
If you still don’t feel like you are getting your fix of EPL, there are other online avenues to do so
. Download the LFC mobile app if you haven’t already for a live matchday blog and regular news updates. Download the official Premier League app for general news, along with the PL table, fixtures, and stats.
If you want a more interactive experience, EA’s FIFA Mobile is an excellent version of the game. It gives you the chance to build a team by winning challenges, joining a league, and playing live against other competitors. It will keep you busy finding the means to get your favourite LFC players.
Finally, read the mailbox on sites like Football365. When you see an opinion that boils your blood, send an email to state exactly why. It is incredibly satisfying to do so, whether or not you convince anyone of your opinion in the process.
Written by Alan Spencer