Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk acknowledges supporters through the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Huddersfield at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 26, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Virgil Van Dijk fears Liverpool will likely be pressured to have fun their first English title for 30 years in an empty stadium on account of coronavirus chaos.
All Premier League video games have been postponed till not less than April three as a result of unfold of the worldwide pandemic.
Premier League chiefs are set to satisfy on Thursday to debate if it will likely be attainable to proceed the season and, if that’s the case, in what format.
Video games may very well be performed behind closed doorways, which might imply Liverpool, who’re 25 factors away from second positioned Manchester Metropolis, profitable the title with out their followers being current.
That may be a miserable prospect for Liverpool defender Van Dijk.
“If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them,” he advised a number of British newspapers on Sunday.
“Clearly, if there aren’t any followers at Anfield, then it will likely be a little bit of a blow. Nobody needs to play video games with out the followers.
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“Till a choice is made on how we go on from right here, then we simply need to take care of it. However when it occurs, we’re nonetheless bringing the title to our followers, positively.”
Liverpool may have wrapped up the title on Monday with a win at Everton if Manchester Metropolis had been crushed by Burnley on Saturday, however each these video games had been postponed, together with the remainder of the Premier League programme.
Some have instructed the season needs to be scrapped for security purpose, which would depart Premier League chiefs to resolve if Liverpool needs to be given the title though the marketing campaign didn’t attain its scheduled 38-game conclusion.
Sport is anticipated to be subjected to additional restrictions subsequent week, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly able to announce a ban on main public gatherings.
The sporting programme has as soon as once more been decimated on Sunday, though the Tremendous League match between Castleford and St Helens, the All England badminton Championship and Olympic boxing qualifiers are nonetheless going forward in Britain.