UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says he ‘cannot imagine a scenario’ in which Liverpool would not be crowned Premier League champions insisting ‘they will get the title one way or another.’
Football has ground to a shuddering halt due to the coronavirus crisis with the season now suspended indefinitely.
The Premier League are determined to complete the season but will only do so once given the go-ahead by the government.
The uncertainty and fears that it will be some time before it is safe to play football again has led to calls from some quarters for the season to be declared ‘null and void.’
Among the implications of that would be Liverpool being cruelly enied their first top-flight title since 1990 and first ever Premier League crown.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 25 points clear and needing just two victories to be confirmed as champions when football was suspended last month.
Ceferin told Slovenian daily sports paper EkipaSN: ‘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.’
The Belgian league is set to become the first to be cancelled due to coronavirus and the current standings accepted as final.
Ceferin insisted UEFA have not made any decisions on how leagues should be finalised if it is decided that action cannot resume.
He added: ‘I was speaking hypothetically. We will be ready for such scenarios, but we are not working on the details of them right now.
‘Currently we are completely focused on bringing the competitions to the end on the fields of play.’