even if it’s a little bit later than expected.
“There is going to be a small risk factor, but this is a very healthy set … And there are going to be frequent tests,” said Werner. “The most important thing is that, if scientists and the government consider this to be unsafe, there will be no soccer. But hopefully we devise some way to play.
Completing the 38-game season would be ideal for Werner, instead of the team crowning without kicking another ball, as was the case with Paris Saint-Germain in France.
“The most important thing is if we can elucidate a way to make these games be played, because I think that would be good for the country,” he said. “It would boost people’s morale and give them something to look forward to and a perception of returning to normal.”
Nearly 37,000 people have died in Britain from COVID-19 since March 11, when Liverpool played their last game. On that day, the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus was a pandemic, and Anfield received a visit from Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League.
Hundreds of people continue to die daily from the disease in Britain, although the infection rate is declining.
The Premier has the backing of the government in its attempts to resume the parties in a month. However, there have been discussions with leaders like Werner, who warn of the risks of not completing the season.
Just this week ending, the Liverpool players returned to practice – in groups of less than five members – after being analyzed to rule out carrying the coronavirus. The protocols to allow training with physical contact are hardly defined, at a time when the rules of social distancing are still in force for the rest of the country.
But if there is evidence that the relaxation of confinement, arranged a couple of weeks ago, leads to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, then the league’s Resumption Project should be put on hold.
“The most important thing is security. I do think that the protocols in which the Premier League works mean, as someone said, that it is probably safer to play behind closed doors than to go to a supermarket, ”said Werner.
If the Premier trophy is awarded, it will not happen in front of Liverpool fans. Mass concentrations are sure to remain banned by then.
“We are all in a terrible situation,” said Werner. “Hopefully someday there will be a vaccine and we can return to the joy of being in a stadium seeing the elegant way of playing of the great footballers.”
Werner acknowledges that there will be “financial challenges.” Liverpool will miss revenue at the box office, and the Premier is preparing to reimburse hundreds of millions of dollars to television networks for the alteration of the schedule.
But the Reds manager does hope that each club can use its stadium for games – instead of playing on neutral courts, the police’s preferred option. That possibility of being at home will depend on the fans abiding by the rules of social distancing and not succumbing to the temptation to gather outside the venues to be as close as possible to the action.
“This will depend on the government, but its main goal is the safety of all,” stressed Werner. “I hope that the matches will be played in each team’s stadium. But regardless of where they take place, I think people should obey the orders of the police. ”
In the first two weeks of the quarantine, Liverpool decided to license some employees from outside the sports area in order to cut costs. He reversed the decision amid criticism from fans for using state aid.
The club has also maintained funding for community tasks, from supporting fans with mental problems to donations to food banks.
“It is better to admit a mistake than to keep dragging it,” Werner said. “Hopefully people will know that what matters most to us is supporting fans, players and our club in a way that is sustainable.”
In October it will be 10 years since Werner was part of a purchase of Liverpool shares, as part of the Fenway Sports Group, headed by John Henry. That conglomerate includes the Boston Red Sox.
Until now the best moment during Werner’s management is undoubtedly the crowning in the previous edition of the Champions League. But more than the triumph over Tottenham in the final, the manager remembers the 4-0 beating of Barcelona in the semifinals at Anfield, to reverse the 3-0 draw.
“This is the largest sporting event I have ever seen,” he stressed. “The reaction the fans had that day in the stadium and around the world is something that I will remember the rest of my life.”
Now, he hopes it won’t take long to accomplish new feats.
“I thought I would never experience anything like this,” Werner said, referring to last year’s celebrations for the club’s conquest of the sixth European Cup. “But then someone said to me, ‘Well, if we win the Premier, this parade will seem small.'”
The coronation and of course the parade, now depend on the health situation in the United Kingdom.