Liverpool’s odds of ending their 30-year wait for an English top-flight title appear to have improved after UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he “can’t see a way” the Reds aren’t crowned champions for 2019-20.
Organisers are searching for a logical way to end the campaign after major sports were suspended due to the coronavirus, with the Premier League on pause since March 13.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are 25 points ahead of their nearest competition and will secure the trophy with just six points from their remaining nine games. Second-place Manchester City—who have one game in hand—are the only team who can still catch up.
Ceferin—who was elected UEFA President in September 2016—has given new hope to Reds fans and provided an update in regards to their challenge, per the Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle:
"I can't see a way Liverpool could be left without a title. If the Premier League resumes play, Liverpool will almost certainly win the title. Theoretically it's not all over, but practically Liverpool are on the verge of it.
"If by any chance the play will not resume, we still have to find a way to declare final results, to declare champions.
"And again I cannot see, I cannot imagine a scenario, in which the champions would not be Liverpool."
The state of football is in constant flux as a result of COVID-19 and the delays it has caused both on the domestic circuit and in continental competition.
Paul Brown of the Mirror recently highlighted mixed messages from Ceferin and UEFA in regards to when the Champions League must be concluded:
Ceferin continued: "I understand the fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even in the league offices, but I believe, they will get the title one way or another.”
Plans have been considered to play out the remaining 92 Premier League games in a ‘World Cup-style’ format, which would see squads quarantined in hotels and all matches televised. It’s hoped these behind-closed-doors matches could take place in July or August, but football remains at the mercy of the pandemic.
Euro 2020 was postponed by 12 months in order to give clubs greater freedom in how to schedule the remainder of their seasons, with Liverpool on the verge of a first title since 1990.