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Van Dijk: We’re Still Bringing the Title to Our Fans

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The defender talks about playing in an empty stadium and what a league win could look like.

Liverpool FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Visionhaus

The Reds are still only two wins away from winning their first title in 30 years, but what those final two games look like (and if they even happen) is still very much up for debate. The FA has suspended football through April 3, officially, but given the lack of proactive measures taken by the government and the way in which COVID-19 is spreading, it seems far more likely than the season will resume in autumn. The plus side of that rumour is that Liverpool might not have to win the league in an empty stadium, something no one wants.

“No one wants to play games without the fans,” Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk said this weekend. ”If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them.”

”Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow,” he added. ”Until a decision is made on how [the League goes] on from here, then we just have to deal with it. But when it happens, we are still bringing the title to our fans, definitely.”

In order of preferences, I think everyone wants to see the final few games played out, ideally once we can guarantee that playing the games isn’t helping the spread of disease, and hopefully when we can guarantee that AND get fans in the stadium. Whether or not any of those preferences can become a reality remains to be seen.