'Liverpool will win EPL next year'

English Premier League

If Liverpool are unable to claim the Premier League title this season, they will win it next season, according to Reds former chief executive Ian Ayre.

Jurgen Klopp's were two wins away from clinching their first Premier League title before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Some of the lower leagues in England have already had the seasons cancelled, meaning there were no champions or relegation and results were expunged.

Should that happen with the Premier League, Ayre feels Klopp's side are good enough to go and win the league next season.

“I’ve been a Liverpool fan for 50 years and I’ve always said to people that we never do things the easy way,” Ayre told the Daily Star.

“Look at Istanbul, the League Cup final of 2012, Barcelona last year. It’s the Liverpool way, to some degree. They’ll either get it sorted and win it this year or they won’t, but, whatever happens, they’ll bounce back.

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“If it’s not this year, then it will be next year. Jurgen and everybody would say, ‘Bring it on’, if they have to wait.

“When FSG bought ­Liverpool, one of the things John Henry said, right at the start, was that he wanted to build this team to win and to keep winning. He’s a very smart guy, I’ve got huge respect for him and what he says is completely right.

“Look at last year, we got so close to the title and won the Champions League. Then we’ve gone on to win the Super Cup and the World Club Championship and the club are on course to win the league. You don’t achieve that without having a solid team and a really solid foundation.

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“That doesn’t go away ­overnight. This Liverpool team is very young in comparison to a lot of squads and they won’t have many players rotating out through age or contracts this summer.

“Whether they’re rightly ­allowed to win the league this year, what will be will be. But I’ve no doubt that, if it doesn’t happen this season, it will ­happen next season.”

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