Liverpool being handed the Premier League title if all the games cannot be completed would be ‘sporting’ according to Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan.
The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has won back-to-back titles under Pep Guardiola having joined the club back in 2016, and he admits that they haven’t done enough this time out.
Seven defeats from 29 fixtures have helped Liverpool secure a 25-point lead at the top, with Jurgen Klopp on the brink of his first league title with the Reds.
However, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the season has been postponed until at least April 30, and some have called for previous results to be voided.
When asked how we would feel about the title being handed out early, Gundogan told ZDF : “It would be okay for me (If Liverpool are named champions), you have to be sporting.”
The 29-year-old has also given his thoughts on whether he and his colleagues should give up some of their wages to football league clubs, and he offered a positive response.
“Of course I would find that okay, of course. The lower league clubs do not have it so easy.”
He continued when asked how he was finding the current crisis: “I have to admit that it is not that easy to deal with.
“It is an exceptional situation that cannot be fully grasped. You are sometimes afraid to go for a walk for 10 to 15 minutes outside.
“Even though it was oddly and ironically extremely beautiful from the weather here in Manchester.”
Although Liverpool fans will be concerned about their chances of missing out on a first league title in 30 years, Klopp’s response was met with praise.
He told the official website : “I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.
“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.
“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.”
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