Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp disagrees with those who believe that the Premier League should be suspended in order to get to grips with the virus outbreaks at top-flight clubs.
At the time of writing, five of this weekend’s ten fixtures have been postponed due to one team not having enough players to field, but Klopp says he can’t see the reason for stopping when the virus isn’t going anywhere:
“I don’t see the massive benefit of it [stopping the Premier League] because we come back [and] it is still the same. If the virus will be gone then I am the first that stops and goes home and waits until it is gone. But that is probably not the case, so where’s the real benefit of it? We hope we can play and Tottenham can play on Sunday.”
It’s a difficult situation. Postponing games may stop some clubs from having to field weakened teams, but the matches will have to be played at some point, and it will inevitably lead to fixture congestion that may result in similar issues with injuries.
There is no right or wrong answer because, whichever decision the Premier League makes, it will have its downsides. A meeting will take place on Monday between the clubs to determine the best way forward over the festive period.