'EPL should restart from scratch'

English Premier League

The Premier League should restart from scratch and not be handed to Liverpool, a former Reds winger has now claimed.

All football in England has come to a halt amidst the coronavirus outbreak that has swept through Europe over the last month and all fixtures have been suspended until the end of April at the earliest.

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Many countries are contemplating national lockdowns as governments' calls advising citizens to remain homebound and practise social distancing to curb the spread falls on deaf ears.

And with the uncertainty of when the Premier League will resume with the current scenario, it has been suggested that Jurgen Klopp's side should be named champions if the season is abandoned.

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However, Joe Cole, who played for the Merseyside outfit between 2010 and 2013, believes it should be avoided, despite the current 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.

"Obviously we need to finish the season as soon as we can if we're allowed to. That would be ideal," Cole told the Daily Star.

"If we can't finish the season, and it’s getting close to the following season, the only situation which I think is fair is to just restart it.

"Everyone's tribal. Everyone wants what’s best for their clubs. But unless you do a blanket thing for everyone, it’s going to have knock-on effects.

"In my opinion, that’s the only solution. Restart from scratch if we cannot finish the league."