Liverpool hero: Give Reds title for greatest English season

Matt Stead
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) of Liverpool Legends during the LFC Foundation Charity Match between Liverpool Legends and Real Madrid Legends at Anfield on March 25 in Liverpool, England.

Robbie Fowler has declared Liverpool as “arguably the best team to have won the Premier League”.

Liverpool, it should probably be pointed out, have not actually claimed the title yet.

The Reds hold a 25-point advantage over Manchester City with nine games remaining, and would need to capitulate from here not to lift their first league championship since 1990.

But the suspension of the Premier League season until early April has put their hopes in jeopardy, with many calling for the campaign to be declared void.

Fowler has scoffed at that suggestion, stating that his former club should be named champions for “the greatest ­season ever in top-flight English ­football history”.

“I don’t think there’s a fan in the ­country who doesn’t recognise that ­Liverpool deserve to be champions, that they are effectively the Premier League winners already,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“And I don’t think there are many – even the most bitter of rival fans – who would argue that, if the football season were to end now, they shouldn’t be given the trophy as clear winners of the competition. Yet winning the title in such circumstances would tarnish the triumph somehow. No doubt.

“I played through a large part of those 30 years when Liverpool were desperately trying to bring another league trophy home, so I know how much it means.

“Every year that went by, the ­pressure got greater, the talk louder, the fans more desperate. It means so much…just not life and death.

“For anyone arguing that ­Liverpool SHOULDN’T be champions, if the season isn’t completed, then look at their record. They’ve dropped five points all season. FIVE. Hell, I once scored 16 goals in a game for a schoolboy team I played in – got more than 100 goals in total if I remember correctly – and yet I’m pretty sure we dropped more than five points that season.

“They are the worthiest of champions. It’s the greatest ­season ever in top-flight English ­football history. They are record-breakers, and they are arguably the best team to have won the Premier League. And, yep, I’m saying they’ve won it.

“They need two more wins to ­confirm it, but the reality is that, if City were to lose two more between now and the theoretical end of the season, the points Liverpool have now would be enough.”