In a statement released today by the Premier League FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game confirmed that they will all stop playing until at least April 30th, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
The statement also detailed that the 2019/ 2020 season will be extended indefinitely and will no longer be require to finish before June. If you can hear a collective sigh of relief, it will be coming from Liverpool.
Mo Salah’s team were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League Table and on course to be runaway winners this season, before the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Liverpool haven’t won the league in the UK since 1990 and many fans were worried that the season would be cancelled.
With Salah on 16 goals from 26 appearances this season, and already on over 70 goals in the Premier League, it would have been a cruel twist of fate if Liverpool had lost out on lifting the trophy this season.
In line with UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championships, due to be held later this year in 12 separate European cities, all club competitions in the UK are also on hold.
Liverpool’s nearest rivals, Manchester City, are 8 wins shy of catching them, and sudden breaks in a season can interrupt the flow of things. When the season starts again, players will be fresh, rested and likely with a new mindset. It will be up to players like Salah to lead from the front.
But, as Mo told GQ Middle East back in October 2019, all he wants to do is play football. We imagine by the time the season resumes, the Egyptian King will be like a dynamo, ready to score goals like never before.