Amid calls for the 2019/20 Premier League season to be declared null and void, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has aimed a strongly-worded message at those who want to see his side denied the league title.
The Reds are runaway leaders in this season's Premier League campaign, and currently hold a 25-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City with just nine matches left to be played.
However, after the league was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool's hopes of a first league title since 1990 came under fire, with a number of figures across England's top flight calling for the season to be written off.
According to Klopp, though, those calls are misguided, and the 52-year-old stressed that his side deserves to be crowned champions this season, regardless of whether or not the campaign can be completed on the pitch.
"There was talk that people wanted to declare the season null and void," the former Borussia Dortmund manager said while speaking at the DFB Academy on Monday, per the Daily Star.
"So you thought, 'Huh? We have played 76% of the season and you just want to delete the thing?' We are first in the home table, we are first in the away table. It is a season in which we should become champions.
"Dealing with the crisis is the most important thing. But that doesn't mean that certain things are of no importance at all just because they are less important. That would have been something that I personally would find unfair, to just say that it didn't happen.
"I think there are worse things in life than not becoming champions. A lot of people around us have big problems.
"People die, it always happens, but at the moment [it is] because of a virus that we all didn't know and for which nobody could be prepared.
"We cannot prepare for everything, but also have to react often. That's the biggest part of my life, reacting to things that I didn't expect."