Should Liverpool be crowned champions if the Premier League campaign is not completed? That is the big question as English football remains on hiatus, but as far as bookmaker William Hill is concerned the Reds are worthy champions.
Having dropped points in just two games all season, Liverpool boasted a commanding 25-point lead at the top of the table when the Coronavirus forced the suspension of the 2019/20 campaign on the eve of the Merseyside Derby.
Had Liverpool beating their neighbours, they would have required just one more win to officially end the club’s long wait to be kings of English football once again.
Now there are major concerns over whether or not the Premier League campaign will be finished as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe, and if teams do not complete the full 38-game schedule it will result in a huge debate on how the season should go down in the record books.
Should Liverpool be crowned champions? Should Manchester United be awarded the fourth place in the Champions League due to Manchester City’s ban? Would that be fair on Sheffield United who are two points behind Manchester United with a game in hand? Should Aston Villa be relegated even though they are just two points from safety with a game-in-hand on the teams above them? Would it be fair to relegate a Bournemouth side who are only in the bottom three on goal difference?
The questions can go on and on, but as far as bookmaker William Hill is concerned they know the answer to that first question, and the answer is ‘yes’.
In the bookies’ eyes, Liverpool are already worth winners of the Premier League despite it being confirmed mathematically and, as such, it has paid out to customers who backed Jurgen Klopp’s side at the start of the season.
“No-one is stopping Liverpool, so we’re paying out early,” the firm confirmed in a tweet.
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