Reece Munn evaluates the impact that the COVID-19 will have on the conclusion of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
“Now Anfield erupts into the chant ‘we’re going to win the league’, and you have to say you do now believe them!’’
Liverpool, rampant all season, on track to win their first league title in over 30 years. After suffering their first loss of the league season against Watford, they bounced back with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at home to Anfield. The lads were back on track and ready to get their hand on the trophy that has evaded them for so long.
In a season full of controversy, including the implementation of VAR, rival fans were using every conspiracy imaginable to explain Liverpool’s dominant run of form.
The simple fact of the matter is that Liverpool were magnificently consistent and earned a title from boss Jurgen Klopp ‘Mentality Giants’. Minus the dramatic exit in the Champions League via Atletico Madrid and the shock defeat in the Watford game, the fans knew the glory days are coming back to Anfield Road.
This was until the unthinkable struck, a global pandemic which goes by the name ‘COVID-19’. Something that I think all us football fans didn’t take too seriously at the beginning. However, the implications are huge, which has left many important decisions to be made at the top level of worldwide football organisations.
Focusing on the Premier League, there seems to be great divides in opinion in previous footballers and personalities. Ex-professional turned pundit Rio Ferdinand has expressed his views that the season should be ‘Null and Void’ in order to start the 2020/2021 campaign on time.
My response to that is why? In what world would it make sense to completely Null and Void the biggest league in the world three-quarters of a way through its season. Without going into the massive financial implications that would come with this, what would the integrity of our great Premier League be left with?
I believe all clubs would prefer to finish the current season, regardless of how long that may take to complete. Football in England is everything to us die-hard fans, and I’m sure I speak for most fans across England that we would be embarrassed to null and void a season for the first time in history and simply give up.
In conclusion, Premier League bosses are in regular contact with the teams via conference calls and keeping everyone up to date with the latest news surrounding the matter.
The Premier League bosses will have the final say, and Liverpool fans especially will be hoping that the call is the right one, to go ahead and complete the current season however long that takes to complete.