Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk is “gutted” about the Premier League being postponed due to the coronavirus, but he has promised the Liverpool supporters that winning a maiden Premier League title will still be as special for them regardless.
The Reds currently possess a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Over 29 Premier League games this season, Jurgen Klopp’s side have only dropped points in two fixtures.
However, due to the coronavirus, the Premier League has been postponed.
Liverpool’s first match back when the league resumes is against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 5 April. If Klopp’s side win that, they mathematically wrap up the title.
However, there is a possibility that the league will not be able to resume on that particular date. There is real uncertainty regarding what will actually happen with the remainder of the Premier League season.
It would appear to be likely that Liverpool will be awarded the title regardless of what happens from here, and Van Dijk has promised to bring the title to the Liverpool fans, even if they can’t attend games.
“If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them,” said Van Dijk, as quoted by the Mirror.
“Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow – no one wants to play games without the fans.
“And it would be like that for fans of all the clubs in the Premier League. Everyone who wants to go and support their team, but can’t be at the game, will find it tough.
“Until a decision is made on how we go on from here, then we just have to deal with it.
“But when it happens, we are still bringing the title to our fans, definitely.
“We all have to be sensible and deal with it with common sense. If the authorities make that judgement, we just have to deal with it and accept it.”
This is great to hear from Van Dijk. Many Liverpool supporters would feel quite flat due to what has occurred, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. It is what it is.
As long as Liverpool secure the title and the fans get to celebrate the achievement with the players in some way, that will be enough to please most.