Liverpool should be awarded Premier League title, says Ex- manager

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk with team mates REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes his old club should be awarded the 2019/2020 English Premier League (EPL) title even if the season is not completed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top with nine games left to play in the Premier League.

The competition has been on hold since March 9 as the novel coronavirus spread across the globe.

According to Houllier, who led Liverpool to FA Cup and UEFA Cup glory in 2001 during his six-year spell at Anfield, Juergen Klopp’s team would be deserved champions.

Asked if Liverpool should be awarded their first top-flight title since 1990, the former France coach said: “Yeah.

“That’s what they did in France. They gave it to Paris St-Germain (PSG). They had a 12-point lead and I think Liverpool needed just two games to win the title.

“If there was a difference of maybe two or three points then you could argue it takes some chances away from teams behind, but 25 points there is no way they wouldn’t be champions. They deserve it.”

Houllier, now an adviser to Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas, added that the Premier League should follow the government’s lead on whether to resume.

“I think they should follow the government’s rules. If the government decides we stop, then we have to abide by that,” he explained.

“Second, maybe (we can) wait a little bit, because we don’t know what it’s going to be like in a fortnight or in three weeks time.”(Reuters/NAN)