England is one of several countries in Europe to have confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the government discussing measures to contain the virus from spreading. As a result, sporting events have come under huge scrutiny, including the Premier League.
Public gatherings could be canceled and the government could order the English top-flight to cancel. In the worst-case scenario, this imposition could last for two months, which means the Premier League would not be able to complete the 2019/20 season. This brings up a question: what would this mean for Liverpool and their title race?
According to the Telegraph, should the current campaign end prematurely, there is no guarantee the Merseyside giants would be crowned as champions. Despite Klopp's side boasting a 22-point lead at the top ahead of the weekend games, they could miss out on the title should the remainder of the season be called off.
The British news outlet write that there are "no specific regulations" for this situation in which the league season cannot be completed. As a result, there is a possibility of the entire season could be declared null and void.
Should the UK government decide to suspend football matches for two months, forcing the season to prematurely end, crisis talks will be held. This will see the league's board and stakeholders – aka, the 20 top-flight teams – gather to reach a consensus.
If the season is declared null and void, not only will Liverpool miss out on their first league title in 30 years, but the three teams in the relegation zone would also be sparred. However, while this remains a possibility due to the regulations – or lack thereof – regarding the cancellation of a league campaign, this does not mean it would be the probable outcome.
Van Dijk and Co. need only four wins from the remaining 11 games to officially be crowned as the champions of England. It should be noted that the Premier League is not the only sporting competition in risk due to the virus, as the likes of Euro 2020 and the Olympics could be scrapped this year over safety concerns. Britain could also do as Italy has done for their upcoming round of matches and order games to be played behind closed doors.