Liverpool 'disappointed' by mayor's comments at end of season
LONDON: Premier league leaders Liverpool They said they were disappointed by the city's mayor saying that the season should not be restarted even behind closed doors due to the risk of fans flocking outside of Anfield.
Liverpool were 25 points clear of closest rivals Manchester city , who have a game in hand, when the league was suspended in March and only need two wins to secure their first title in 30 years.
Premier league clubs are set to meet on Friday to discuss ways to finish the season, with some already back in individual training.
Mayor Joe Anderson told the BBC on Thursday that health and safety was the bottom line and the best thing to do was to declare the season over and hand the title to Liverpool as deserving champions.
Even if it was behind closed doors, there'd be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield, said Anderson, a fan of Liverpool 's city rivals Everton .
There are not many people who respect what we say and stay off the ground, many people would come to celebrate, so I think this is not a start.
I think it would be really difficult for the police to keep people separate and maintain social distance if they were going to celebrate outside of Anfield. It would be a farce.
Liverpool replied in a statement saying there was a lack of evidence to support such claims.
In recent weeks, we have engaged with groups of supporters who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures, the club added.
In case of resumption of football announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders to maintain our collective desire to achieve this crucial goal.
Mark Roberts, the national lead for football policing, said on Wednesday that police want to be able to cancel the season if fans did not respect social-distancing guidelines once matches returned.