It seems likely that Liverpool will be named Premier League champions without officially winning the title.
The Premier League has called an emergency meeting of its 20 clubs this coming Thursday to decide what will happen to the rest of the season and per the report there is “little opposition to awarding Jurgen Klopp’s men their first English title for 30 years.”
Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games to go, as Man City in second place can only get a maximum of 30 points if they win their remaining 10 games.
Right now the plan is to resume games on April 4 but there is serious doubt that games could continue as the virus is set to hit its peak in the UK in May.
Even though West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady has called for the current season to be ‘null and void’ there are plenty of other options on the table.
The league could be extended until the end of June or canceled altogether but if the decision isn’t unanimous then a vote between PL clubs would need 14 out of 20 clubs to agree on a plan for it to come into place.
What happens over relegation from the Premier League and promotion to it remains to be decided too but I think we can all agree that Liverpool deserve to be crowned champions.
More coronavirus connections to soccer:
· The Premier League has postponed play through at least April 3. Aston Villa’s chief executive called it “a very good decision” while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said we must “protect each other.”
· CONCACAF has suspended play for a month, while UEFA postponed all fixtures next week ahead of a meeting to discuss plans for both club and international European competitions.
· Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus.
· Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested posted for coronavirus and the players and staff at the club are self-isolating.
· MLS announced its 2020 season is suspended for at least 30 days.
· Three Leicester City players are in self-isolation after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
· Real Madrid players in isolation and La Liga games suspended for the next two weeks after Real basketball player tests positive for coronavirus.
· Serie A is considering alternative ways to conclude its scudetto and relegation races, including playoffs or the non-awarding of a champion.
· Juventus confirm that their defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus.
· Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis being diagnosed with coronavirus. Olympiacos and Forest have since confirmed all of their staff and players have been tested and their tests have come back as negative.
- By Joe Prince-Wright NBC Sports