Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has insisted that Liverpool should be awarded the Premier League title even if the season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were just two wins away from sealing the 2019/20 Premier League title, their first since 1990 before the season was suspended earlier this month. The shutdown will last till April 30 with Premier League chiefs set to meet on Friday with no indications of when football will resume.
Manchester City sit second on the log and trail Liverpool with a whopping 25 points. Regardless, in a chat with German broadcaster ZDF, Gundogan said the Reds deserve the title even if the season isn’t completed.
“It would be OK for me,” he said. “As a sportsman you have to be fair.”
Gundogan, 29, who has won the past two Premier League titles with Manchester City went on to disclose that it was unlikely that he and his teammates could resume training at the end of April.
“Honestly, I can’t imagine (that happening) and also, I don’t know how realistic it is,” he said.
Meanwhile, figures on Sunday confirmed that 1,228 people have died of coronavirus in Britain. UK prime minister Boris Jonhson is also among the 19,500 who have tested positive for COVID-19. Gundogan went on to point out the difficult choice that the Premier League chiefs were faced with.
“There are different opinions,” he said. “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.”
He added that he would be willing to take a pay cut if English clubs decide to follow the examples of Serie A leaders Juventus and his former club Borussia Dortmund.
“Of course I think it’s OK, that goes without saying — (but) there’s been no discussion in England yet,” he said.