Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has said that Liverpool’s amazing comeback win over Barcelona was the “single greatest sporting event that I’ve ever seen”.
The US businessman is currently analysing the health procedures required just to ensure a safe return for Premier League football and admits some of the considerations post coronavirus pandemic are hard to come to terms with.
Jurgen Klopp’s men remain 25 points clear of their nearest rivals and need just two wins to win their first top-flight title for 30 years after the action was abruptly suspended in March with nine games remaining.
“Reading through protocols I’m trying to absorb the words that I never thought I knew a month ago,” Werner says. “Social distancing … all this stuff.
“There’s a hole in so many people’s lives,” Werner told The Associated Press. “Football is central to their dreams and their hopes. And certainly, as regards Liverpool, we are playing magnificent football and we are just a couple of matches away from winning the trophy. But I do put it in perspective
“There’s going be a tiny element of risk, but this is a very healthy group … and there’s going to be frequent testing,” Werner said. “Most importantly, if the scientists and the government feel it’s unsafe, then there will be no football. But hopefully we can figure out a way to play.
“The more important thing is if we can figure out a way to get these matches played because I think it would be good for the country,” he said.
October will mark a decade since Werner was involved in the takeover of Liverpool as part of John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group, which also includes the Boston Red Sox.
Speaking about his sporting highlight so far he points to the 4-0 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield and not the final win against Spurs.
“That was the single greatest sporting event that I’ve ever seen,” Werner said. “The reaction that our supporters had in the stadium that day and around the world is something that now I’ll remember the rest of my life.
“We hope at some point, people will be able to sit next to each other and enjoy the experience of a sporting event,” he said. “But that seems like a long way off at the moment.
“I thought I never could imagine experiencing anything like that,” Werner said. “Then somebody said, ‘Well, if we win the Premier League, this parade will be dwarfed.’
“So, I am looking forward to a parade sometime when we can all congregate because I know how important that means to all of our supporters.”