Sunday, 15 March 2020

Will be "gutted" if coronavirus stops fans from watching Liverpool win league title- Van Dijk

Van Dijk has helped Liverpool to a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk admits he would be "gutted" if the coronavirus crisis prevents fans from watching them win a league title for the first time in 30 years.

The Reds lead the Premier League by 25 points but football across the country is suspended until 3 April.

The prospect of playing matches without fans has been raised as one of a number of ways to complete the fixture list.

"No one wants to play games without the fans," said Van Dijk, 28.

"If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren't there, I'd be gutted for them," the Dutch international told newspapers.

"Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow.

"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."

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said it is "hard to imagine" the league resuming in early April given the crisis unfolding on a global scale.

Liverpool need a maximum of two more wins to secure the Premier League and Barber said it would be "incredibly unjust" if they were not to be awarded the title.

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