Hugo Lloris insists it would be ‘cruel’ for for Liverpool to be denied Premier League title

Scott Polacek Manchester City FC

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes it would be ‘cruel’ for Liverpool to be denied the Premier League title due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Before the season was brought to a halt in March, the Reds required a maximum of six points to claim their first top flight crown since 1989-90.

Jurgen Klopp’s men lead second-place Manchester City by 25 points, and Lloris insists ‘everyone’ within the game wants to see the 2019-20 campaign reach its natural conclusion on the pitch. 

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris believes it would be 'cruel' to deny Liverpool the Premier League title

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris believes it would be ‘cruel’ to deny Liverpool the Premier League title

HUGO LLORIS IN 2019-20 

Appearances: 18

Clean sheets: 2

Goals conceded: 30

‘We are in a situation where everyone wants to finish and have the verdict of the field,’ Lloris told L’Equipe.

‘It would be terrible if everything ended like that nine days before the end of the Premier League. It would also be cruel for Liverpool with the lead they have… They are almost champions. 

‘As with everyone, there would be a taste of unfinished business. In addition, we are entering the most exciting period, the most beautiful moment of the season. Nobody wants it to end like this.

Having been part of the 2018 World Cup-winning team, Lloris expected to represent France at Euro 2020. However, the tournament has been postponed until 2021 after the virus swept through the continent. 

Jurgen Klopp's men are 25 points clear at the top of the table with nine matches remaining

Jurgen Klopp’s men are 25 points clear at the top of the table with nine matches remaining

In the Premier League, Spurs stand eighth in the table on 41 points, seven behind Chelsea in fourth and four behind Manchester United in fifth with nine games left to play.

There have been radical proposals to host the remaining matches at overseas venues, and Lloris has urged the Premier League and the Government to ‘find the right compromise’ to ensure the pandemic is not exacerbated by football’s return. 

‘It will be weird wherever it happens,’ Lloris added. ‘Football is not a sport behind closed doors… Without spectators, it is not the same discipline. 

‘This is not how I see football. We are here to gather, share our emotions. We all want full stadiums, with atmosphere, fans, color and songs. But here, we must take the context into consideration. 

‘There are major and economic issues that need to be understood at the level of clubs and federations. Everyone has to find the right compromise between health above all else and the need to finish this season.’

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