The Premier League season has been left in limbo since the global pandemic of CoVid-19 hit our shores and that has left a million questions up in the air as to what the league will do. Menos Hiras and I have been locked in deep debate about this for some weeks, and we have very differing opinions on both what should happen and indeed what will happen. Assuming that the league won’t finished and that the head honchos take the decision to write the season off and commence the 20/21 season straight away in August ( assuming this is possible), the question that would remain is whether or not Liverpool should be given the league.
Let’s have a look at both sides of the argument.
The Case That They Should
Menos firmly believe that the Reds should be given the Premier League title based on the fact that they are simply so far ahead of everyone else. In fact there was actually a chance prior to the season being suspended that Liverpool could have won the league without even kicking another ball, should Man City have dropped points against West Ham. Menos reckons it is absurd for them not to be given the trophy, it may have been mathematically possible but the likelihood of anyone catching Liverpool was out of this world.
The Case That They Shouldn’t
I honestly don’t believe that Liverpool should be handed the trophy unless the season is finished. I take the point that the chances of Man City making up the 25 gap lead are absurdly high, although we could argue that gap is 22 points given that City have a game in hand, but as long as this is possible, we have to take it seriously, as improbable as it may be. I think if we are going to take a decision like this then we can’t consider the details around how far ahead Liverpool are, we have to think of this as a rule which may be applied in the future. Imagine Liverpool were just 1 point ahead and City had a game in hand which was against bottom of the table Norwich, would we still be assuming that the title should go to Liverpool? In this case there would be far more fans saying that the title most certainly should not be handed to the Reds.
For me I think the season has to be finished, by hook or by crook, failure to do so will have a lasting impact for years to come, not just on the Premier League but on the Football League as a whole. After all if you gave the title to Liverpool, you’d surely have to relegate the bottom 3, with seems harsh if they have a chance of staying up. Alternatively the idea of gifting Liverpool the title because they are 25 points clear and then choosing to not relegate teams, as many have suggested, would be a terrible plan if someone was 25 points behind at the bottom.
Finish the season properly and let’s move on.