Nothing seems to capture the imagination more than the enthusiasm with which a television sports presenter tries to lift the mood of a nation, if not the world, at primetime on week days.

The other day it came like some life-changing science discovery — that four English Premier League teams had become the architects of securing the Europa League and Champions League finals.

Exhilarating stuff, it was, tabled as a sense of accomplishment that the spin-off from such a feat was somehow going to reshape the landscape of the beautiful game.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will face off in the