Liverpool are disappointed with comments made by the city’s mayor, Joe Anderson, that the resumption of the Premier League is a ‘non-starter’.
Anderson said the season should be ended and the Reds handed the title owing to the risk to public health should fans gather outside Anfield to celebrate their success.
The league will hold a conference call with clubs on Friday to discuss details of ‘Project Restart’, with matches played behind closed doors and neutral venues on the agenda.
Anderson said: “Even if it was behind closed doors, there’d be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield.
“There’s not many people who would respect what we were saying and stay away from the ground, a lot of people would come to celebrate so I think it’s a non-starter.”
Liverpool subsequently released a statement expressing their dismay at the mayor’s comments.
It read: “As a club, we are aware of and disappointed by comments attributed to Mayor Joe Anderson in a media interview which was published today.
“As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of any behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively.
“In recent weeks, we have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective.
“As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue.
“In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis which continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation.”