Liverpool left to wait and wonder after coronavirus strikes
LONDON: Liverpool could have been crowned Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation at the home of local rivals Everton. Jurgen Klopp and his team would have needed Manchester City to lose to Burnley on Saturday, March 14, to have given them a chance to seal the deal at Goodison Park.
Regardless of whether it would have happened on Monday or over the coming weeks, Liverpool’s first top-flight title for 30 years was a mere formality.
But now fans are wondering when, or even if, Liverpool will be crowned champions after the coronavirus laid waste to the global sporting calendar.
The message coming from Liverpool is that there are more important issues than football to talk about, even with the club tantalizingly close to glory.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things,” Klopp said in a statement on Friday.
“Today, football, and football matches really aren’t important at all.”
“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”
Klopp’s stance won him the support of World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who thanked him for his “powerful message.” – AFP