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Liverpool fans fume at Gary Lineker as he misappropriates Bill Shankly quote


A number of Liverpool fans have lashed out at Gary Lineker after the BBC and BT Sport presenter tweeted (@GaryLineker) that the football season could come to a premature end due to coronavirus, misquoting a famous line from ex-Reds manager Bill Shankly in the process.

Following the postponement of tonight’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, the ex-England striker feels that it is “the beginning of the end of the football season” and added: “Despite the words of the late Bill Shankly, football is not more serious than life and death.” As per the Liverpool Echo, Shankly’s actual words were: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

Coronavirus has already led to widespread disruption of sporting events across Europe, with the Italian football federation admitting that the Serie A season is under threat and numerous matches to be played  behind closed doors, including several European fixtures this week, top-flight matches in Spain and France and Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia. However, Liverpool supporters may be glad to know that, with the Reds 25 points clear at the top and just two wins away from being crowned champions, the Premier League currently has no intention of postponing any further matches in the division.

Despite the undeniable threat of a virus that has killed six people and infected 373 in the UK alone (as per Sky News), with more than 4,200 deaths and 118,000 cases worldwide (as per ecdc.europa.eu), these Liverpool fans were not impressed by Lineker’s tweet about the football season potentially ending:

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