Liverpool could be denied lift Premier League title at Anfield

Liverpool could be denied lift Premier League title at Anfield

- Premier League could return at the end of this month after due consultation

- Liverpool are gaping Man City by 25 points before the league was suspended in mid-March

- The Reds might not have the chance to lift the title at Anfield when they are eventually crowned

- Stakeholders are considering to move the remaining games to neutral venues to avoid mass gatherings

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Liverpool's chances of lifting their first-ever Premier League title are slim as some other clubs reportedly wants the remainder of the season played at neutral grounds.

The EPL has been on suspension since mid-March following the outbreak of deadly coronavirus killing thousands around the globe.

However, with most countries already easing out of total lockdown, talks have also resumed over the return of the English topflight.

Briefly.co.za learnt that according to SunSport, one of the major points of discussion, when the stakeholders meet, would be around venues to be used which could lead to teams playing on neutral turf.

Also, the UK's national football policing lead Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts told the Press Association that allowing the games to resume at their original venue will pose a big risk to the emergency officers who are already stressed out with Covid-19 problem.

He further stated that playing the match at a neutral ground will discourage mass gatherings of some of the fans.

DCC Roberts said: "In the first instance, football has to satisfy the Government that they can hold the matches and that it's safe for everyone to do it in terms of players, officials, coaching staff, broadcasters.
"So you get that first stage of 'how do you make it safe to play football at the location?' And it may be that actually that mandates them being played at specific neutral venues where it can be controlled."

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, told the BBC he would be concerned about large numbers of supporters congregating at Anfield - breaching the rules around social distancing and mass gatherings - during a match day.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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