Liverpool chief Peter Moore on 'fighting the null-and-void brigade' for Premier League title win

David Lynch
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Getty Images/Liverpool FC

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore has opened up on the club’s fight against attempts to have the Premier League season rendered null and void.

The Reds were just two wins away from clinching the title when football across Europe was suspended in March due to the spread of the coronavirus.

It initially seemed that the Merseyside club’s 25-point lead at the summit might count for nothing, with the possibility of the campaign being cancelled entirely raised by a number of stakeholders.

However, the Premier League have since managed to implement a restart programme founded on regular testing and behind-closed-doors games.

Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a title ended last week as a consequence, but Moore has admitted he wasn’t always certain of that outcome.

"If you have walked in my shoes the last three months, it has been incessant," he said. "Meetings, fighting the null-and-void brigade, the curtailment, the points-per-game, asterisk brigade and the hashtag-tainted-title brigade - and we have finally got football back!

"And we're starting to see some cracking games now. West Ham at Chelsea the other night was a great game and Manchester United played well at Brighton, I am enjoying watching football again.

"If you had asked me that three months ago, I would have said I am not sure. But we've worked so hard at this football club.

"A year from now, I hope we are back to normal and 20 years from now you're telling your grandkids 'you don't remember the coronavirus!'

"But in all seriousness, we've got to buckle down. What we don't want is in two weeks to hear from the health authorities that we have got a second spike."

Liverpool will contest their first home game since winning the league on Sunday when struggling Aston Villa visit an empty Anfield for a game that otherwise would have served as a victory party.

On the prospect of getting fans back in the ground, Moore added: “You have to plan, if someone said next week that fans could return, we wouldn't be ready.

"So you have to plan and think strategically if it's three months, six months or a year from now. Being here is already thinking through what we can do once the government says what we can do.

"I am on the executive board of the European Clubs Commission and one of the great things about that is we learn about all the other leagues and people are starting to come back.

"I see every day in WhatsApp threads and people are starting to get brought back. One of the benefits of being behind the curve a little bit is we can learn from other leagues, other countries, other clubs.

"And I do have this benefit of being part of this board that is seeing 500 or 1,000 coming back. They are showing us how they are doing concourse management, concession management, how they are managing the bathrooms and transportation.

"So yes, we are already thinking it through, as is every Premier League club because there will come a time when these turnstiles open again and we need to be ready for that."