Liverpool legend reveals Premier League fears amid coronavirus outbreak

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson fears the Premier League will not resume in April, with his former club just two wins away from clinching the title.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have stormed 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City as they look to win the domestic title for the first time in 30 years.

But Liverpool’s title celebrations have been put on hold, with all professional football in England suspended until April 4 at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Liverpool and Klopp have backed the decision to suspend the Premier League but club legend Thompson doubts league fixtures will resume on their scheduled return date.

Asked whether it was too optimistic to imagine the season resuming on April 4, the Reds hero told Sky Sports: ‘I would think so.

‘I think they’re just giving themselves breathing time and it’s very difficult to see it get up and running then.

‘They’ll be having meetings and every day it will change. I’m watching Sky News every day and it’s changing by the hour. Things are changing all the time.

‘Playing behind closed doors is a contentious issue. I believe football is nothing without the fans, it’s a fans game and I like to think it could resume and the fixtures will be completed.

‘As Jurgen Klopp said there are bigger issues to be concerned about but it would be good to get the fixtures completed because there’s so many issues to be decided.’

With Liverpool still two wins away from clinching the title, some have suggested the season should be cancelled altogether and restarted in August – if the coronavirus outbreak allows for it.

But Thompson said: ‘There’s still ramifications even if you do that.

‘What do you do with the teams in the Champions League positions? Because Leicester City are quite healthily in third, they’d be extremely worried if you went to the teams that finished in the top four last season.

‘There are still going to be problems. It won’t just ended with it being null and void. It’s an extremely serious and unprecedented situation.

‘But it’s not like Liverpool are two points clear, they’re 25 points clear and we’re three-quarters of the way through the season. It would be extremely hard to say Liverpool aren’t champions.’

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