'No, that's like saying Leeds & West Brom should go up' - Kevin Phillips reacts to updates
Kevin Phillips insisted Liverpool cannot be crowned Premier League champions and Leeds and West Brom can’t be promoted unless the season’s fixtures are completed.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, pointed out that it is not mathematically impossible for Manchester City to catch the league leaders.
The Premier League and EFL both announced last Friday that all fixtures would be postponed until April 3 due to the outbreak of coronavirus while Euro 2020 was today suspended for a year.
UEFA today announced the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020.
A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season…
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— UEFA (@UEFA) March 17, 2020
It appears the consensus across European football will be to try to complete the remaining schedule before June 30 – if possible.
When asked if Jurgen Klopp’s side should be handed the title in the eventuality that the fixtures cannot be completed, Phillips told Football Insider: “No. Why should they? That is like saying Leeds and West Brom should go up. Just because they are far out in front they do not have the given right to have the title.
“I really hope the season gets finished. If it is to be voided nobody should be given anything. You go again next year and try and win it again.
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“It is not mathematically over. It would take some disaster but football is football and it is a very bizarre game. You see things you think you will never see.
“If it is going to be void – no one comes up and no one comes down. Go again next season and show how good a squad you are.”
The Reds are currently 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City with nine games remaining.
A victory over Pep Guardiola’s side or two wins from their remaining games would be enough to seal a first top-flight title in 30 years.
In other Liverpool news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he is ‘certain’ Reds target will leave this summer.