Liverpool great John Barnes insists the Reds cannot be arbitrarily handed the Premier League title amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Barnes won the league with Liverpool in 1988 and 1990, the latter of which was the last time the club tasted top-flight success.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are on the brink of ending that drought as they lead Manchester City by 25 points with nine games left to play.
But despite the huge advantage, Barnes is adamant the season must be completed in order for the Reds to receive the trophy.
“If you are going to give Liverpool the title, then who would get promoted and relegated?” Barnes told Sky Sports.
“You can’t just give Liverpool the title because we are so far ahead. “What would Leeds and West Brom say? What would Fulham say if they don’t come up and you promote those two? Do the bottom three in the Premier League not get relegated?”
Barnes thinks UEFA made the right call on Tuesday by postponing Euro 2020 for a year to allow domestic seasons to conclude.
He feels the completion of the 2019-20 campaign must take precedent, even if it means skipping the 2020-21 season entirely.
“Safety is the most important thing so allow this season to take as long as it does, there’s no need to rush back as you are delaying the Euros to 2021,” added former England international Barnes.
“If you have to play one game a week from October, and mean the season goes on until next January or February, then you can kick-start the next season at the right time rather than play catch-up for years.
“It’s a sensible decision with [the Euros] and I think delaying for a year was the only solution.
“Leagues have to be finished, not just from Liverpool’s point of view or any other club in any country. It’s obviously bigger than that, you are talking about promotion and relegation all the way down the divisions.
“So I think if the leagues can even be delayed – you don’t have to rush back to them – maybe you have to write off a season. We don’t know what’s going to happen on April 3, maybe they delay it further.
“Even if we have to start in July or August, what we have to do is finish these games even if it takes up until December, which writes off the [next] season.
“These are desperate times and this is an unusual circumstance.”
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”