Despite news emerging from Germany that the Bundesliga is set to resume early next month, many Liverpool fans aren’t optimistic about a similarly swift return for the Premier League due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As noted by Sky Sports, the Bundesliga is ready to resume on 9 May and league officials are just waiting on the approval of the German government for it to return that soon, albeit behind closed doors. Sky Germany added that players will be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week to ensure adequate monitoring for the virus among the country’s top-flight footballers.
Following that announcement, Empire of the Kop asked its Twitter followers (via @empireofthekop) if they believed a precedent has been set for the Premier League to return similarly, but many Liverpool fans aren’t holding their breath. The Reds currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the division and need only two more wins to guarantee a first league since 1990.
Could this set a precedent for an English return run similarly? https://t.co/xUUyAy0utX
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) April 23, 2020
However, some fans feel that German authorities have handled the pandemic far better than the UK government, with 18,739 deaths in this country from COVID-19 compared to 5,404 in Germany as of 8am this morning (as per Financial Times).
Here is a flavour of the reaction from some Liverpool fans on Twitter regarding the restart of the Premier League:
Germany is way ahead of UK in terms of the pandemic
— Henrý ? (@henrythor) April 23, 2020
Have they not carried out over 1.7 million tests .. death rate a lot lower than over here etc etc .. personally I think we are miles behind them !!
— Dowsey (@fbateallthepies) April 23, 2020
Not a chance, Germany have handled it alot better than England has
— LettersLFC (@Letters_LFC) April 23, 2020
Nah. The germans have handled it much better.
— mike (@MikeT621985) April 23, 2020
Seriously doubtful, most countries in Europe handled the situation a lot better and a lot quicker than the uk, I’d say the uk are a month behind Germany.
— mick gaines (@bigslickmik) April 23, 2020
End of June more realistic or start of July.
— Barry vro (@BarryC40953483) April 23, 2020
Can’t see how players, managers and coaching/medical staff can stay socially distanced for games to be played behind closed doors even, let alone “normal” football matches starting again with fans attending.
— Stuart Duncan (@Duncan11Stuart) April 23, 2020
Liverpool fans, when do you realistically think the Premier League will resume? Does the Bundesliga’s imminent return give you any confidence of a quick restart in England? Let us know in the comments section below!