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Gundogan: If EPL Abandoned, Fair for Liverpool to Win

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Liverpool's Fabinho in action with Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would “fair” if Liverpool were handed the English Premier League in the event this year’s season cannot be completed.

All English football has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak until April 30 at the earliest, with the Premier League among the competitions halted with a quarter of the season to run.

Runaway leaders Liverpool hold a 25-point advantage at the summit with 10 games to play, with Manchester City sitting second.

It is expected the April 30 deadline will be pushed back further with the COVID-19 pandemic not subsiding in the United Kingdom which is currently in lockdown.

UEFA have postponed the 2020 European Championships until 2021 but have said domestic leagues would need to resume by the end of June if they’re to be completed, leaving open the possibility the 2019-20 Premier League season may not be fully finished.

There has been a suggestion given the sizeable lead of Liverpool, who have never won the Premier League title and not been crowned England’s top flight champions in 30 years, that they should be handed the title in that case.

“For me, that would be okay, yes,” Gundogan told ZDF in his native Germany.

“You have to be fair as a sportsperson.”

The German has won two league titles while with City, in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Speaking about an abandonment of the league season, he added: “There are different opinions.

“For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn’t be nice if it was cancelled now.

“On the other hand, for clubs who aren’t doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them.”

Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City currently occupy the three relegation positions on the league table, while Leeds United, West Bromwich and Fulham are top three in the Championship.

Ben somerford
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