Liverpool Chairman Agrees With Aston Villa Over Project Restart
Aston Villa news – Purslow voiced opposition to proposal to play remaining Premier League fixtures at neutral venues
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner thinks Premier League clubs should play in their own stadiums when the season resumes.
Aston Villa and other top-flight sides are back in training this week as they gear up for a return to action in June.
Officials will deliver a video presentation next week urging players to resume full contact training as part of the next phase of Project Restart.
The Premier League is working towards a return date of June 12 – which would be three months after fixtures were suspended.
Initially, the proposal was for all remaining 92 games to be played at neutral venues under guidance from the government and police.
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow publicly voiced his opposition, saying it would be to his side’s detriment to play away from Villa Park where they have won the majority of their points this season.
The Premier League has asked the government to reconsider that recommendation and Werner hopes home stadiums, in a behind closed doors environment, can be used.
“This is going be up to the government, but their primary goal is the safety of everybody,” Werner told the Associated Press. “I hope (the games) are played in the home stadiums. But wherever they’re played, I think that people will heed the advice of the police.”
Liverpool would be crowned champions under a points-per-game system if the season was curtailed now, while Villa would finish in the relegation zone.
But Werner wants to see the full 38-game campaign played out to a conclusion.
“The more important thing is if we can figure out a way to get these matches played because I think it would be good for the country,” he said. “It will be a boost for people’s morale and give them something to look forward to and a return to normality.”
He added: “There’s a hole in so many people’s lives. Football is central to their dreams and their hopes.
“And certainly, as regards Liverpool, we are playing magnificent football and we are just a couple of matches away from winning the trophy.
“But I do put it in perspective…people are suffering, whether they have lost loved ones, are sick or are dealing with this unemployment.”