Kevin Phillips claimed it would be “very bizarre” to see Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy in an empty stadium after the Premier League gave the green light to a presentation.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner suggested trophy ceremonies are all about the fans and the prospect of one behind-closed-doors would be ‘unimaginable’.
The league’s chief executive Richard Masters revealed that a trophy presentation for the Reds would be supported if they are crowned champions and it is safe to do so.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and their title victory appears an inevitability if the season restarts.
Football Insider understands the Premier League is targeting a return in early to mid June after players yesterday returned to training for the first time in two months.
When asked by Football Insider how the players would feel about a presentation in front of no fans, ex-Premier League Golden Boot winner Phillips said: “I cannot even imagine what it would be like.
“Having been fortunate enough to have been promoted from the Championship to the Premiership, having bus parades – that is what it is all about. That is what it is for. It is for the fans to see.
“It will be very bizarre to see, whenever it eventually does happen.”
Masters, as quoted by Sky Sports, said: “If at all possible, yes, you’d like to have a trophy presentation,”
“You want to give those players and the whole staff the moment they worked so hard for.”