Liverpool shouldn’t be awarded title ‘if there’s no promotion and relegation’

Liverpool should not be crowned champions of England if the leagues are not prepared to honour relegation and promotion, claims former Red John Barnes.

The iconic Englishman was present at Anfield the last time they topped the table.

But 30 years has passed since and Jurgen Klopp's relentless side are poised to deliver a first Premier League title.

A 25 point lead over Manchester City means they are champions in all but name, nevertheless the season's postponement has put the celebrations in doubt.

Their near unassailable lead means few want to deny them the title, but far greater debate enrages over which sides should retain their top flight status if the season cannot restart.

And when asked on the Emma Barnett Show whether Liverpool should be awarded the title Barnes replied: "Not if people aren't going to be promoted and relegated, no."

The former Red is also adamant that the season must be finished – regardless of how long they have to wait.

"Obviously you're talking about big money, lots of money, but that's to play matches," he added.

"We're not talking about that. We're talking about when players can start to train safely, socially distancing.

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