Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is adamant Liverpool “deserve the title” and they must be allowed to play their remaining games – even if it curtails next season.
The Reds have an almost unassailable lead at the summit of the Premier League such has been their relentless form this term.
But the coronavirus pandemic has seen football in England grind to a halt as authorities look to contain the disease.
He said in the Times : “Liverpool will win the Premier League. [They] have been fantastic. They have put so much work in. They deserve this title.
“Can you imagine waiting 30 years and then having it taken away like this? The right decision has been made.”
Huge calls also need to be made to determine what happens at the bottom of the Premier League and the top of the Championship.
Leeds and West Brom are favourites to earn promotion while several clubs are scrapping to ensure their top flight status.
But with huge financial rewards on offer Rooney has again reiterated the need to conclude this season.
He continued: “It’s also right in terms of promotion and relegation and places. These issues are so big for the clubs involved that I imagine there would be a lot of legal fights if the season was just abandoned.
“The fair thing is to finish 2019-20 — even if we have to lose next season in the process.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if finishing the season takes until the end of 2020. Football, like every other industry, is in unknown territory and, just like every other industry, has to listen to the advice and take all necessary precautions.
“For me, that rules out finishing the season behind closed doors.
“When you play behind closed doors it still means bringing together a fairly large group of people. You need ambulances, doctors, paramedics. They’re mandatory.
“Police may be needed too. Why bring them all to a football match when in this crisis they will be needed elsewhere for things that are far more important?”