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Liverpool mayor calls for season to end as he fears fans will meet at Anfield

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has called for the Premier League season to end as fans congregating around Anfield would render the situation farcical.

He told BBC Sport: ‘Even if it was behind closed doors, there’d be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield.

‘There’s not many people who would respect what we were saying and stay away from the ground, a lot of people would come to celebrate so I think it’s a non-starter.

‘I think it would be really difficult for the police to keep people apart and maintain social distancing if they were going to celebrate outside Anfield, it would be farcical.

‘The police are right to be concerned about that as we are here in the city, and public health officials are also concerned about that, so we’d ask the Premier League and government to take into account all of these concerns that we have.’

Anderson added: ‘I think the best thing to do is to actually end the season.

‘It isn’t just about Liverpool – they’ve clearly won the league – they deserve it, they should be crowned league champions.

‘The bottom line is, though, this is about health and safety and people’s lives and I think football should have to come second in regards to making a choice here.’

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