Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan has today assured that, if the season was ended today, he would have no problem with Liverpool being crowned Premier League champions.
PL shut down
Following widespread calls for action to be taken, it was finally announced two weeks ago that all fixtures across the English football calendar had been postponed.
This came on the back of confirmation that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had tested positive for COVID-19.
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Liverpool’s title charge halted
The Premier League followed the likes of Serie A and La Liga in calling a halt to domestic proceedings, as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar worldwide.
Unlike in the likes of Italy and Spain, however, where tightly-contested title races were well underway, the destination of the title in England’s top-tier had been clear for some time before the decision was taken to postpone all fixtures moving forward.
Liverpool’s hefty 25-point lead atop the Premier League table meant that Jurgen Klopp’s men were actually just two wins away from clinching their first league title in 30 years.
As such, while the COVID-19 outbreak of course resulted in clubs across England taking a major hit, it was perhaps the Reds who were left feeling most aggrieved by the timing of the pandemic.
‘Okay for me’
As things stand, the Premier League is actually scheduled to get back underway on the 30th of April.
Such a scenario would no doubt see Liverpool clinch the title within weeks, to finally bring an end to the club’s lengthy wait for domestic glory.
However, many feel as though the prospect of football returning to our screens in just over a month’s time is not just optimistic, but completely unrealistic.
As a result, some have called for the campaign to be completely voided, to ensure maximum safety for all involved, and a fresh start when the new season begins.
This course of action, though, would likely see Liverpool’s historic efforts go up in smoke.
One individual who feels that, even in the case that the season is brought to a definitive end with the table unchanged, the Reds nevertheless deserve to be crowned champions, however, is Ilkay Gundogan.
Speaking in an interview with ZDF earlier today, Manchester City midfielder Gundogan revealed his surprising opinion that he would be absolutely ‘okay’ with Liverpool replacing his side as Premier League champions:
‘It would be okay for me [If Liverpool are handed the title], you have to be sporting.’
When drawn on how he has been coping with self-isolation in his home in Manchester, Gundogan added:
‘I have to admit that it is not that easy to deal with. It is an exceptional situation that cannot be fully grasped.’
‘You are sometimes afraid to go for a walk for 10 to 15 minutes outside.’
‘Even though it was oddly and ironically extremely beautiful from the weather here in Manchester.’