Coronavirus caused Liverpool to cancel press conference amid title fears

Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference today was called off due to the coronavirus.

Liverpool’s manager will no longer address the media later, with the weekend’s Premier League football in major doubt too.

Monday night was due to see the Merseyside derby take place between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park (8pm).

Everton’s squad, though, are now in self-isolation, the club have confirmed.

And following the announcements overnight that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have contracted the virus, it could see all Premier League football come to a halt.

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Many other leagues across Europe including La Liga and Serie A have been suspended.

The Premier League released a statement late last night insisting all Premier League football will go ahead as normal this weekend.

However, the situation appears untenable now given Arsenal, Leicester and Everton are now in self-isolation.

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Additionally, Liverpool have confirmed their Legends charity match against Barcelona at Anfield on Saturday, March 28 has been postponed too.

Barcelona's side cannot travel to Merseyside for the fixture, which has been another casualty of the coronavirus.

Liverpool fans are fearful of what the postponements and impending suspension of the Premier League will mean for the title.

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The Reds currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the table but it is now unclear when fixtures will next be played, or if the season will be finished.

An emergency Premier League meeting is being held this morning as the situation continues to develop.

Klopp showed his concern with the spread of the virus to his squad on Wednesday.

The German slammed fans who were trying to high-five his players by the Anfield tunnel ahead of Liverpool's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid.

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