UEFA President Alexander Ceferin says he cannot see a scenario where Liverpool are denied the Premier League title.
The Reds are currently just six points away from securing the league championship, but there have been claims that the campaign could be ruled ‘null and void’ if the final nine fixtures can’t be completed.
However, Ceferin has effectively ruled out that suggestion, intimating that Jurgen Klopp’s men will be given the trophy:
“I can’t see a way Liverpool could be left without a title. If the Premier League resumes play, Liverpool will almost certainly win the title. Theoretically, it’s not all over, but practically Liverpool are on the verge of it.”
“If by any chance the play will not resume, we still have to find a way to declare final results, to declare champions. And again I cannot see, I cannot imagine a scenario, in which the champions would not be Liverpool.”
“I understand the fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even in the league offices, but I believe, they will get the title one way or another.”
Although the final decision rests with the 20 Premier League clubs, Ceferin’s comments are important in terms of how UEFA sees leagues across Europe completing their league seasons under the cloud of the global health crisis.
From his remarks, there appear to be only two scenarios. 1) Resuming the season and finishing the remaining fixtures and 2) awarding titles based on the current league standings.
At the moment, the intention is to restart playing in June or July but that relies on the approval from governments for games to go ahead.