Liverpool’s quest for their first League title could be up in the air should the coronavirus ravaging the globe now forces the season to be inconclusive as UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, on Wednesday said that the season just like in other leagues in Europe would be declared null and void.
The illness has caused an initial suspension of fixtures until April 4 with the Reds 25 points clear but most experts predict worse is to come, so there is doubt about whether the season can be competed.
There has been plenty of speculation around how to finish the campaign if no more matches can be played.
Some have argued for Liverpool to be awarded the title as it is almost inevitable that they would have gone on to claim the first Premier League crown in the club’s history.
Ceferin said: ‘I’ve seen and heard some again fake news that UEFA will advise leagues to finish the championships now and decide that the winners are the ones who are number one now.
‘I can say that it’s not true. Our goal is to finish the leagues and we didn’t recommend anything like that to any association or league.’
Liverpool have been champions elect for some time now and only need two more victories to cement the title, even if Manchester City win all their remaining matches.
But it seems awarding the crown prematurely is not an option anywhere in Europe.
Barcelona are leading the LaLiga title race but Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales said: ‘I cannot guarantee that the competition will end, as others have risked saying, before June 30.
‘It is unfair that the competition ends with the classification as it is now.’
With Euro 2020 postponed until next year, there is time in the summer to complete matches if the coronvirus situation is deemed acceptable to return to football.
If the season is declared null and void there could be myriad legal issues and Liverpool fans will be desperately hoping there is time to complete the remaining fixtures.