Joe Cole says the Premier League must be scrapped if it can not be played to a conclusion this summer.
The former West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool winger says heartbreak could be around the corner for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who need just two wins to secure their first title since 1990.
The Premier League clubs will have a conference call on April 3 to discuss contingencies following the coronavirus outbreak.
It was announced last week that English professional football had been put on hold until April 30 at the earliest. The Football Association board said it had agreed an indefinite extension to the 2019-20 season, which under its regulations should have been completed by June 1 at the latest.
And in an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, former England star Cole says if the season cannot be finished then they simply have to scrap it and start with the 2020/21 season.
“Obviously we need to finish the season as soon as we can, if we’re allowed to. That would be ideal,” said Cole.
“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.”
“I’m sure there are more intelligent people than me coming up with solutions but we’re in a situation as a country where we have to stick together.”