Alan Shearer says it wouldn’t be ‘fair’ to simply hand Liverpool the title should the Premier League season fail to be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool currently boast a 25-point lead at the top of the division and are just six points away from winning their first top flight crown in three decades, though their long-awaited triumph is now in major doubt.
The conclusion of the Premier League season is uncertain at present amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the football authorities having announced a suspension of all top level games in England until April 3 as the UK bids to combat the outbreak.
There is a growing fear that the campaign will be unable to be completed, with various scenarios currently being considered including the complete voiding of the season.
Former England captain Shearer has discussed the possibility of the season being scrapped, and is adamant Liverpool – despite their seemingly insurmountable lead – should not be handed the title in the event the season can’t be completed.
“If, and it is a huge if, the season cannot be completed then there is no way you can have a winner or loser,” Shearer wrote in The Sun.
“As harsh and as horrible as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it is the only outcome.
“If you cannot complete the fixtures then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody.
“For Liverpool, it would be incredibly harsh. But I cannot see how it would be fair to hand them the title – despite the fact it is obvious nobody is going to catch them.
“They only need six points to wrap it up but they haven’t got them yet so for that reason it has to be declared null and void.
“It would be very different if the season was suspended after they had got the points to win it. But they haven’t and however horrible a scenario it would be, it’s the only option.”