Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris claims Liverpool are the true winners of the interrupted 2019-20 Premier League season.
Players and clubs intend to end the 2019-20 season, without continuing it at the risk of public safety. According to Lloris however, it will be “cruel” for Liverpool to be denied a shot at the Premier League championship owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool was just two wins removed from their first trophy in 30 years before the Premier League went down in March as a consequence of the Covid-19 epidemic, as other major leagues around Europe.
“We’re in a position where everybody needs to stop and have the final decision.” The France International told L’Equipe. “This will be tragic if it stopped nine days before the end of the Premier League. Liverpool’s advantage will also be unfair. They’re almost champions.”
In reaction to the pandemic, France’s Ligue 1 and the Netherlands’ Eredivisie have already proclaimed their seasons ended, however the Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Series A remain resolved to restart when it is secure.
It seems as though Lloris agrees: “Like for everybody, it will be a feeling of unfinished business. On top of that, we reach the most amazing phase, the season’s most beautiful moment. No one wants to see things finish like this.”
The prospect of resumption was debated by clubs in June, while games should almost definitely be behind closed doors and likely at neutral locations in an attempt to satisfy policy limits on big gatherings.
But the hope relies on regulatory permission and accordance with strict protection standards, which ensures that the risk of trying to end the season in any other manner remains constant.
Lloris hopes it doesn’t come for that, particularly for Liverpool, who are at the top of the table 25 points away from closest Manchester City rivals.