That’s according to Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger who believes Jurgen Klopp’s side have every right to claim
There is an alternate reality, where it is the first day of May, and Liverpool are preparing to travel to
The Emirates to take on Arsenal. The chance of invincibility has gone, but the 100-point record is in their sight,
and the opportunity to become the most dominant top-flight English champions of all time.
That isn’t happening, and there is no need to spell out why. That Liverpool is not planning to face
the Gunners this weekend is the absolute correct decision; football simply cannot be played at this
moment in time. In truth, the June 8 return date which seems to be openly discussed feels too soon;
it is a logistical nightmare and potentially socially irresponsible, although the well-being of football clubs,
and the people employed within it at every level, should be considered in this difficult time for all.
It is not too dramatic to say football needs to return at some point, or some communities will
not have a football team to return to.
When placing the situation into those terms, arguments over whether Liverpool should be crowned
Premier League champions feels trite. But it is also important to a lot of people – and not just those
who follow Jurgen Klopp’s men. It has become the hot topic of debate, even though Liverpool has been
champions-elect for months, and it is actually the Premier League relegation (and subsequently,
Championship promotion) picture which requires addressing more urgently. Yet Liverpool are
the biggest story – understandable after waiting 30 years for a title – and all talk of what
happens to this league season centres around that. This article will do likewise, although it is
housed on a site called Liverpool.com, so I’m not sure what can be otherwise expected.
The debate revolves around three categories: finish 2019/20 when safe to do so, cancel the season
and determine final placings (and crown champions) on sporting integrity, or void the season.
The North London clubs will miss out on European football completely, as the standings below show.
1. Liverpool – 2.83 points per game
2. Manchester City – 2.04
3. Leicester City – 1.83
4. Chelsea – 1.66
5. Manchester United – 1.55
6. Sheffield United – 1.54
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 1.48
8. Arsenal – 1.43
9. Spurs – 1.41
10. Burnley – 1.34
11. Crystal Palace – 1.34
12. Everton – 1.28
13. Newcastle United – 1.21
14. Southampton – 1.17
15. Brighton – 1.00
16. West Ham United – 0.93
17. Watford – 0.93
18. Bournemouth – 0.93
19. Aston Villa – 0.89
20. Norwich City – 0.72
Despite how the table would end up looking, it doesn’t mean that Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City
would be relegated, as UEFA’s decision only applies to European qualification for next season.
The Premier League and Football League would be free to make their own decisions about promotion and relegation.
Won against Southampton Won against Norwich Won against West Ham Lost to Watford Won against AFC Bournemouth
Won against Sheff Utd Lost to Spurs Won against West Ham Won against Leicester Lost to Man Utd
Drew with Chelsea Drew with Wolves Lost to Man City Lost to Norwich Won against Aston Villa
Drew with Leicester Lost to Man Utd Won against Spurs Drew with AFC Bournemouth Won against Everton
Drew with Wolves Won against Chelsea Won against Watford Drew with Everton Won against Man City
Drew with Man Utd Drew with Leicester Won against Norwich Won against Spurs Drew with Brighton
Lost to Man City Won against C Palace Won against AFC Bournemouth Drew with Brighton Won against Norwich
Won against Man City Won against Aston Villa Lost to Chelsea Lost to Wolves Drew with Burnley
Drew with Chelsea Drew with Burnley Won against Newcastle Won against Everton Won against West Ham
Drew with Arsenal Won against Southampton Won against AFC Bournemouth Drew with Newcastle Drew with Spurs
Lost to Sheff Utd Lost to Everton Won against Newcastle Won against Brighton Won against Watford
Won against Watford Won against C Palace Lost to Arsenal Drew with Man Utd Lost to Chelsea
Drew with Norwich Lost to Arsenal Lost to C Palace Drew with Burnley Won against Southampton
Lost to Liverpool Lost to Burnley Won against Aston Villa Lost to West Ham Lost to Newcastle
Drew with West Ham Drew with Watford Drew with Sheff Utd Lost to C Palace Drew with Wolves
Drew with Brighton Lost to Man City Lost to Liverpool Won against Southampton Lost to Arsenal
Lost to Everton Drew with Brighton Lost to Man Utd Won against Liverpool Lost to C Palace
Won against Aston Villa Lost to Sheff Utd Lost to Burnley Drew with Chelsea Lost to Liverpool
Won against Watford Lost to AFC Bournemouth Lost to Spurs Lost to Southampton Lost to Leicester
Drew with Newcastle Lost to Liverpool Lost to Wolves Won against Leicester Lost to Sheff Utd