Should Premier League enforce ‘circuit break’ to curb rise in COVID-19 cases? Jurgen Klopp gives his take


After the latest round of testing confirmed 18 coronavirus cases in the Premier League, West Brom manager Sam Allardyce had called on the league to enforce a circuit break for two weeks.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken against calls for a ‘circuit-break’ two-week shutdown to curb rise in COVID-19 cases in the Premier League, with the German insisting that the games should continue as the English top-flight has enough safety measures in place.

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce claimed earlier this week that authorities should halt the fixtures after the latest round of testing confirmed 18 cases in the Premier League. Cynics believed that his call was influenced as much by the safety of his players as his side’s position in the league table.

His comments set in motion a chain reaction of reports claiming that the English top-flight was considering the idea of a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ – the same concept that the English government used in 2020 to halt the spread of coronavirus cases across the country.

The Premier League, however, wasn’t impressed by these reports as it released a statement soon afterwards stating it wasn’t discussing the idea of a circuit break. No English top-flight club, including the relegation-threatened Baggies, had brought the proposal to the league before and since.

“I am not a specialist, but we all try to do our best to keep the competition going,” Klopp said. “I think it works well. It is understandable [to have concerns], but we try to do everything to keep the boys as safe as possible and I think the competition can go on. ”

Klopp’s comments against pausing the fixtures have come in the wake of similar ones from Manchester United legend Gary Neville. The football pundit tweeted late last month that the idea of the two-week circuit breaker should be taken ‘off the table’ as it won’t help the players at all.

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