Wayne Rooney delivers honest verdict on title race involving Liverpool
Former Manchester United and Everton player Wayne Rooney has risked the wrath of both sets of supporters by telling the Sunday Times that Liverpool deserve to be crowned Premier League champions.
The Reds are 25 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the league and with play suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s uncertain whether they will be crowned as the winners of the league.
Rooney has come up trumps several times against Liverpool during his playing career but the current Derby County player-coach has no doubts about who should be declared champions for 2019/20.
He told the Sunday Times: “Liverpool will win the Premier League. As you can imagine, I have Everton fans phoning me up saying: ‘The season has to be cancelled!’ And of course, as an Evertonian and someone who played for Manchester United for 13 years, there’s a bit of me that thinks that would be good.
“But, no. Liverpool have been fantastic, They have put so much work in. They deserve this title. Can you imagine waiting 30 years and then having it taken away like this? The right decision has been made (to finish the season).
“The fair thing is to finish 2019/20 – even if we have to lose the next season in the process. It wouldn’t surprise me if finishing this season takes until the end of 2020.”
Rooney is right to suggest that Liverpool deserve their Premier League crown, given how superior they have been against their rivals this season.
It’ll be somewhat bittersweet though if they have to lift the trophy without supporters, or indeed, without a victory parade around the city of Liverpool.
The current Liverpool squad have come up trumps for Jurgen Klopp time and time again and winning the league title would be the tip of the iceberg for the German during his time at Anfield.
It’s been nearly 30 long years since Liverpool tasted success in the league and claiming 97 points and finishing second last season will have hurt.
They deserve their success though and eventually, the Reds should be allowed to finish their campaign and claim what is rightfully theirs.
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