Is there actually a solution for finishing the 2019/20 Premier League season?


It was confirmed last week that the Premier League will not commence on April 30, striking a fresh blow to Liverpool's hopes of a first title since 1990. 

All 20 clubs met via videolink to confirm the decision on Friday, as executives search for a viable solution to complete the final furlong of a season that saw Jurgen Klopp's side amass an unassailable 25-point lead at the top of the table.

It is widely accepted that Liverpool picking up the Premier League trophy is merely a formality at this stage, but finding a way to begin the next chapter of elite football in England is proving extremely complex.

The Premier League could lose £762m in broadcasting revenue as a result of games being postponed, with the prospect of playing the remaining games abroad even being considered.

One idea being bandied about is the prospect of moving Premier League games to China - a nation that is continuing to battle the remnants of the deadly coronavirus that has since swept the world.

The logic behind the notion is that it would take potential pressure off the NHS, as injured players could be treated abroad and not in UK hospitals where staff are committed to helping COVID-19 patients.

Live games at training facilities are also being considered, as is a rapid-style "football festival" where all games are played out over the course of 21 days.

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Discontent is also brewing over wages in the league, and on Thursday Health Secretary Matt Hancock implored footballers to take a pay cut from their seven-figure salaries.

Some clubs are controversially utilising the government's furlough scheme to compensate laid-off workers, despite key players and managers remaining on full pay.

Suspending the season further presents a myriad of financial problems, although it does mean many clubs will have the opportunity to volunteer their facilities to the health sector - with staff and stadiums available as extra resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no perfect solution, but the time for Premier League officials to make a decision is fast-approaching.

How do you think the Premier League season should close out? Is there an obvious solution out there?

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