Premier League leaders Liverpool might well be crowned the league champions in a different kit than the one they donned throughout their exemplary season. All Premier League fixtures have been suspended until April and there have been reports that the league might be extended until June or July to ensure completion of the competition.
Liverpool’s current kit sponsors New Balance will see their contract with the club end in June. Nike is all set to take over as the new sponsor after the former company lost a legal battle against the club to retain its sponsorship. The Liverpool Nike kit contract comes into effect from June 1. Therefore, the club might well receive its first-ever Premier League title in the Liverpool Nike kit. Jurgen Klopp's men are on course to win their first-ever Premier League title since the inception of the competition. The Reds have a 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
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The Liverpool Nike kit deal is estimated at £30 million per season. This figure may well go up by a further 20% in royalties. Other bonuses include £4 million for winning the Champions League, £2 million for being runners-up in the Champions League final. The contract also includes a £2 million bonus for winning the Premier League title.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool decided to suspend the first-team training for the next two weeks as a precautionary measure. This decision was taken after Premier League suspension until April. The Reds will play their next game against Manchester City on April 5, provided the Coronavirus outbreak scales down in magnitude by then.
There have been certain questions on what happens to Liverpool's title hopes. Will Liverpool win Premier League title? A victory against Pep Guardiola’s side might well seal the title for Jurgen Klopp’s men. However, according to The Athletic, officials at Anfield are well aware of the bleak possibility of the fixture taking place on its pre-determined time due to the coronavirus outbreak. On the other hand, UEFA is likely to announce the postponement of Euro 2020 until 2021 fearing the pandemic. Meanwhile, there have been suggestions to extend the current league campaign until June or July, in order to avoid nullifying the current season.