Troy Deeney: Liverpool winning the Premier League would be ‘spoiled’ by coronavirus

Troy Deeney has been extremely vocal in his opposition to the Premier League restarting.

The English striker has decided not to return to training due to concerns about the safety of his family.

And he’s now spoken about Liverpool’s situation at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were so close to winning their first Premier League title.

The Reds had built a 25-point lead and were just two wins away from glory.

In a recent interview with CNN, Deeney has admitted that Liverpool deserve to win the title but that there success has been ‘spoiled’.

“I believe that when it comes to the integrity of this season anyway, it’s already gone,” Deeney said.

“I feel sorry for Liverpool because no matter how it plays out, they deserve to win the league. They deserve to get the trophy.

“But no matter how it plays out, even if we play all the games, it’s still going to be the year spoiled by the pandemic. It’s not going to be that year that Liverpool won the league being the best team and, you know, it’s 30 years they haven’t won for.

“So I do feel sorry for Liverpool and their players and Jordan [Henderson], but in terms of integrity, there’s no way you could say that this is a viable competition.

“It’s like running a marathon, 20 odd miles, stopping for two months and then sprinting the last bit and going: ‘Ah, that was a good time that.'”

Of course, Liverpool would have preferred to win the title amid normal circumstances.

But, if the league restarts and they do get their hands on the title, they won’t feel as if their glory has been spoiled.

Deeney also revealed that he is potentially going to return to training next week.

“I only said that I wasn’t going back for the first week,” he added. “People took that as I’ll never go back.

“But I’m potentially going to go in next week. Even if it’s just to have a conversation. I’ve already been in dialogue with all the players and all the management.”