There’s much uncertainty surrounding the future of the Premier League season after it was announced that the campaign will be suspended until April 4.
An emergency meeting was held on Friday after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi contracted COVID-19.
It was decided that as a precautionary measure, to help slow the spread of the virus, that matches would be suspended for the rest of this month.
The English Football League has followed suit, with games suspended until April 3.
What happens beyond this date is uncertain, but the decision may mean that Liverpool can win the title in their very next game.
Due to the suspension, the Reds will not face Everton on Monday 16 nor Crystal Palace on March 21. Meanwhile, Manchester City – whose fixtures have an effect on when Liverpool can win the league – will not face Burnley on March 14.
Liverpool’s next match will, therefore, take place on April 5 against Man City, and if they win this fixture the gap between the two clubs will be too great for Pep Guardiola’s side to amend.
This means that the Reds would win a first Premier League title.
Whether the suspension will be extended beyond April 4, or whether fans will be allowed inside grounds when football resumes, remains to be seen.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters released a statement on Friday, confirming the suspension.
It read: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
“In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”