By Noel Whelan

16th Mar, 2020 | 5:20pm

'They are champions' - Liverpool Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Sky quote senior PL source

Noel Whelan insisted that Liverpool “are the champions” even if the Premier League fixtures cannot be completed because of coronavirus. 

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the powers that be to allow clubs to ‘fulfill their destiny’.

The Premier League, along with the EFL announced on Friday that all action would be postponed until April 4 and April 3 respectively.

However, it appears increasingly unlikely that play will be resumed at the start of next month. Sky Sports reported a senior Premier League source believes there is a 75% chance the season will not be completed.

When asked if the Reds should be awarded the trophy in the eventuality that the fixtures cannot be played, Whelan told Football Insider“Yes. They have absolutely romped the league and they have been so consistent and have been the best side so far in the Premier League. Nobody would begrudge them lifting that trophy and being classed as champions. They are champions.

“They are one win away and if the beat City, it is done. That is why I think it is so important there is a finish to the majority of the leagues.

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“Fans have paid a lot of money and they want to see their team become champions and Premier League champions. Everyone has spent a lot of money and time getting to this point.

“For the sake of nine games, we should take two months to conclude and do not tell me we cannot find that space in the calendar to fulfill everybody’s destiny.” 

Jurgen Klopp’s side was 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City before the spread of COVID-19 halted the season.

The league leaders’ next scheduled fixture is against their rivals at the Etihad on April 5 – a win would be enough to seal the title if the game gets the green light.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider where Adrian will be playing his football next season.