Jurgen Klopp has put out a very classy message to Liverpool fans about the prospect of the Premier League season being cancelled amid the growing coronavirus crisis that has brought a halt to European football and other worldwide sporting events.
Liverpool are within touching distance of winning their first league title for 30 years, the Reds needing a maximum of six points from their remaining nine league games to claim the Premier League crown.
However, with Europe now being declared as the epicentre of the global pandemic, and a number of players within the game having tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the competition has been temporarily put on hold.
Currently, the plan is to resume the action on April 4th, though with the rate of infection still on the rise in the UK and across Europe, it is likely for the resumption to be pushed back.
There have been many questions and suggestions as to what will happen should such a scenario transpire, with the possibility of deeming the 2019/20 season null and void touted as a possibility, an outcome which could cruelly deny the Merseyside outfit that elusive title despite their record-breaking season.
However, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he would accept such a scenario if it helps “just one individual”, saying that “football matches aren’t important at all” in the context of a global crisis.
“I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that,” a statement on the club website reads.
Senior Premier League club source says 75% chance season won't be completed: “I can’t see any chance we'll be back in 3 weeks. This will go on for months. You even wonder about the start of next season. There are huge questions to answer. Does anybody get promoted or relegated?”
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) March 13, 2020
“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.
“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.
“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.
“Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
“None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.
Liverpool will be awarded the Premier League title even if the rest of the season is cancelled, according to the Telegraph 🏆 pic.twitter.com/r0fMuMBPRl
— Goal (@goal) March 13, 2020
“Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch. But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.
“The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.
“Please look after yourselves and look out for each other. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Jürgen”