Premier League chief hopeful of trophy presentation for Liverpool if they win first league title in 30 years

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hopeful that Liverpool can have a trophy presentation if they seal a first league title since 1990.

The English top flight’s Project Restart plans are under way amid the coronavirus pandemic, with all 20 clubs unanimously voting for a first stage of a return to training from Tuesday.

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Liverpool are so close to getting their hands on this trophy for the first time
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Masters says no further discussions were held regarding curtailing the season, which was formally raised for the first time last week.

Discussions next week will turn towards contact training and, from there, a return to action.

It will raise hopes among Liverpool supporters that the season can be completed, and Masters hopes that should they wrap up the title, they will be allowed to hold the traditional presentation.

“If it is at all possible, yes (we will hold one),” he said. “We would like to have a trophy presentation to give the players and staff the moment they have worked so hard for.

“We would try and do it unless it wasn’t possible because of safety concerns. We are focused on finishing the 2019/20 season, but we also have to plan for all eventualities.”

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Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the table and require a maximum of two wins to be champions
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Masters said the league had not yet reached any kind of cut-off point where it would become impossible to restart this season without impacting upon the 2020-21 campaign.

“There will come a point when next season becomes difficult to schedule. We are not at that point yet,” he said.

“The June return and July finish leaves time for a break for other competitions to be completed and start the season towards end of August or very early September.

“Obviously what we want to do is ensure the season is completed in a way which preserves other competitions but also preserves our ability to start and deliver 38 match rounds next season in a proper calendar.”

To do that, Masters admits there is a possibility of games being spread throughout the week.

“Given we are trying to get the season away in a slightly truncated situation, we may look at some interesting scheduling options,” he said.

“Nothing we can confirm yet, but we’ve got to make it work for everybody.”


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