Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes Liverpool should be crowned EPL champions for 2019-20 if the Premier League doesn’t resume. The Premier League was almost assured of a new champion in Liverpool, who needed just two more wins to be crowned winners, but with the Coronavirus affecting all spheres of life, on March 13, all elite level soccer matches in England, including the EPL, were suspended until April 4, later extended till April 30. Also Read - Kevin De Bruyne Signs Contract Extension With Manchester City Until 2025
If the EPL is called off, Liverpool’s 30-year-long dream of lifting the title will go up in smokes. Earlier this month reports had emerged that the EPL is targeting a resumption by June 1 but there has since been no further development. With the increase in the COVID-19 outbreak, chances of the current season being shelves are likely, and hence, Gundogan feels it is only “fair” that Liverpool are adjudged winners, on the basis of a strong 25-point lead at the top. Also Read - Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund: Foden Late Strike Hands Guardiola's Men 2-1 Win in UCL Quarterfinal
“For me, that would be okay, yes,” Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF. “You have to be fair as a sportsperson. There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn’t be nice if it was cancelled now. On the other hand, for clubs who aren’t doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them.” Also Read - Manchester City Continue Cruise, Liverpool Beat Arsenal 3-0
Due to the pandemic, teams across different leagues such as Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have urged their players to take a pay-cut so the non-playing staff could be paid. And Gundogan said he won’t mind it if English football clubs follow the same pattern.
“Of course I think it’s okay, that goes without saying, (but) there’s been no discussion in England yet. Perhaps that’s because the English clubs are a bit financially stronger than the clubs in Germany at the moment,” he said.
“I don’t know who has the final say in that decision. On the other hand, if a player says, ‘no, I don’t want that, I worked hard for it, I get my salary’, then it can go in the opposite direction. For me personally, it would be okay but, to be honest, you have to be tolerant and if there are players who are against that, then that’s also an acceptable situation.”