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The contest’s record goalscorer is determined no winners or losers can be announced as it stands.

Despite Liverpool being 25 points clear in the Premier League title race, former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes it would not be fair to announce the Reds champions if the season is not finished.

The coronavirus has suspended the contest until April 3 with doubts over precisely when soccer competitions across Europe could safely resume.

That doubt saw West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady recently state that the fairest thing to do is to announce the present Premier League campaign null and void.

While Shearer concedes such a call could be”incredibly harsh” on Jurgen Klopp’s side, he stressed the fact that the Reds have not yet gathered enough points could make handing them the name premature.

“If, and it’s a big if, the season can’t be completed then there isn’t any way you can have a winner or loser,” Shearer wrote in The Sun.

“As harsh as dreadful as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it’s the only outcome.

“If you can’t finish the fixtures then you can’t go handing out names or think about relegating anybody.

“For Liverpool, it would be incredibly harsh. But I am unable to see how it would be fair to hand them the name – despite the fact it’s obvious nobody will catch them.

“They just need six things to wrap up it but they have not got them yet so for this reason it needs to be declared null and void.

“It would be quite different if the season was suspended after they’d got the things to win it. But they have not and yet horrible a situation it would be, it is the only alternative.”

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on the other hand considers the season can not be permitted to”count for nothing” as he encouraged the Premier League to explore every option to see out the year.

“Would any person with no agenda actually think it’d be the most-sensible result to deny Liverpool their likelihood of winning the title after doing fantastically well in their 29 league matches so far to develop a 25-point lead over Manchester City with nine games remaining?” Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column.

“My initial idea is that we have to be given time to complete the competitions in our own backyard. If that means we will need to play every second night for three weeks during May, or even into June, then so be it.

“It is far from perfect, I know, but each club would be in precisely the exact same boat, so it would be a level playing field.

“What should definitely not occur is for the 2019-20 effort to be declared null and void.”

As it stands, Liverpool still have nine league matches to play this year with their next potential match to be played against reigning champions Manchester City on April 6.