Alan Shearer does not see how Liverpool can be named Premier League champions if the season is voided.
Liverpool lead second-placed Manchester City by 25 points with nine games remaining, and are within six points of their first top-flight championship since 1990.
But the coronavirus pandemic has put their hopes in jeopardy, with the campaign suspended until at least April 3.
There has been discussion as to whether it can continue thereafter, with some suggesting that Liverpool cannot be awarded the title in the event that the campaign is voided.
Shearer is eager to avoid not completing the season but agrees that, in the event it has to be suspended permanently, Liverpool cannot be given the crown.
‘Not completing the season has to be the very last option on the table,’ he told The Sun. Sorry for the link.
‘Every angle and scenario has to be looked at in order to reach a conclusion, even if that means a long delay before playing into next season.
‘There is so much speculation and opinion. But the bottom line is that everyone is guessing, and right now there are far more important things.
‘If, and it is a huge if, the season cannot be completed then there is no way you can have a winner or loser.
‘As harsh and as horrible as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it is the only outcome.
‘If you cannot complete the fixtures then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody.
‘People have spoken of bringing Leeds and West Brom up from the Championship – but there would be uproar from other clubs.
‘Sitting seven and six points above third with nine games to go, there is no guarantee they would finish in the top two.
‘For Liverpool, it would be incredibly harsh.
‘But I cannot see how it would be fair to hand them the title – despite the fact it is obvious nobody is going to catch them.
‘They only need six points to wrap it up but they haven’t got them yet so for that reason it has to be declared null and void.’