Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed shock over calls for the cancelation of the 2019/20 Premier League season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a chat with German football’s DFB Academy, the German tactician stated: “There was talk that people wanted to declare the season null and void. So you thought: ‘Huh? We have played 76 percent of the season and you just want to delete the thing?”
He added: “We are first in the home table; we are first in the away table. It is a season in which we should become champions.
“Dealing with the crisis is the most important thing. But that doesn’t mean that certain things are of no importance at all just because they are less important.
“I think there are worse things in life than not becoming champions. A lot of people around us have big problems. People die, it always happens, but at the moment because of a virus that we all didn’t know and for which nobody could be prepared.
“We cannot prepare for everything, but also have to react often. That’s the biggest part of my life, reacting to things that I didn’t expect.”
He also reiterated that calls for the outright suspension of the league could be unfair and he welcomed the decision to begin training, as the clubs training grounds will be a safe environment.
“People say: ‘How can you think about football, in moments when people are dying out there?’ Nobody does that, but like every other branch of business, we have to prepare for the time afterwards, because it will come of course.
“When it comes to football, that means that we will start training at some point and to make sure everyone is safe, unique measures are taken.
“As they were made in Germany, they are now being taken in England.
“The training centers of the English professional clubs will be the safest. There are no places to be infected at all.”
Newsmen had previously reported that West Ham vice-chairman, Karren Brady, was the one who first came up with the suggestion to scrap the season citing the COVID-19 pandemic.