Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes it would only be fair to award Liverpool the English Premier League title if the season is not completed because of COVID-19.
Football in England has temporarily been suspended until April 30 with Liverpool having a 25-point lead over City and are two wins from a first top-flight title in 30 years.
Asked if the Reds should be given the trophy if the season is cut short, Gudogan told German broadcaster ZDF: “For me, that would be OK, yes. You have to be fair as a sportsperson,” he said.
Gundogan acknowledged football authorities faced a difficult decision because of the impact that cancellation of the season would have for clubs.
“There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn’t be nice if it was cancelled now. On the other hand, for clubs who aren’t doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them,” he said.
Gundogan added that he would be prepared to take a pay cut if English clubs went down the route of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund in asking players to accept reduced wages so that other staff can be paid.
By Ofhani Munyai