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Liverpool set to shatter Premier League record due to coronavirus shutdown

Liverpool set to shatter Premier League record due to coronavirus shutdown
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The stoppage of the Premier League season means that Liverpool will almost certainly set a new record for longest time spent at the top of the table in a single campaign.

The postponement of football in England could allow Liverpool to set a new Premier League record for the length of time spent at the top of the table.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the suspension of all leagues until April 30 at the earliest, although there is a growing acceptance that the wait for football to return could drag on even longer as the United Kingdom battles one of the worst health and economic crises in history.

Uncertainty still reigns regarding the ultimate impact the outbreak will have on the 2019-20 football season, with most clubs still wanting it to be completed but the threat of cancellation likely to grow the longer the postponement lasts.

Declaring the season null and void would be a huge blow to Liverpool, who boast a 25-point lead at the top of the table and are only six points away from securing their first top-flight crown since 1990.

The postponement has already denied Liverpool the chance to wrap up the title on the earliest date in Premier League history, but it is also likely to see them shatter the record for longest time spent at the top of the table in a single season.

Chelsea currently boast that accolade with a 274-day reign at the summit in 2014-15 but, as of March 28, Liverpool have been top for 224 days - just 50 days short of the record.

Premier League football will not return for 33 days at the very least, meaning that if the campaign is to be completed then Jurgen Klopp's side would almost certainly pass Chelsea's record and set a new mark which is unlikely to ever be equalled given the unprecedented circumstances of this season.

Liverpool would equal Chelsea's time on top on May 17, which was initially scheduled to be the final day of the campaign.

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2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

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