Virgil van Dijk admits he would be ‘gutted’ if Liverpool won the title behind closed doors, as the Premier League discusses contingency plans amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Football authorities have currently suspended top-level football as the UK bids to combat the spread of the deadly virus, with the Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship announcing the suspension of all fixtures until April at the earliest.
The decision has thrown the conclusion to the Premier League season into doubt, the authorities currently deliberating several potential scenarios ranging from playing fixtures behind closed doors to voiding the entirety of the campaign.
The unprecedented situation has left Liverpool‘s title pursuit in jeopardy, Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders currently 25 points clear at the summit following a record-breaking league campaign, and now just six points away from ending their three-decade wait for the title.
Van Dijk has spoken about the situation and admits he would be ‘gutted’ should Liverpool be unable to secure the championship in front of their fans, but has vowed to deliver the title to the Reds support regardless of the verdict from the football authorities.
“No one wants to play games without the fans,” Van Dijk said, as per the BBC. ”If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them.”
“Obviously if there are no fans at Anfield then it will be a bit of a blow – no one wants to play games without the fans.
“Until a decision is made on how we go on from here, then we just have to deal with it. But when it happens we are still bringing the title to our fans, definitely.”