Coronavirus: It's the season spoiled by the pandemic, not the year Liverpool were best – Deeneyby Sports Desk
Watford captain Troy Deeney believes the integrity of the Premier League season is "already gone" and said the coronavirus pandemic has spoiled Liverpool's dominance.
Liverpool held a 25-point lead atop the Premier League table when the campaign was suspended in March due to COVID-19.
While the Premier League is bidding to restart its season, Deeney has spoken about his health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And the 31-year-old forward feels for Liverpool because their dominant season has been spoiled.
"I believe that when it comes to the integrity of this season anyway, it's already gone," Deeney told CNN.
"I feel sorry for Liverpool because no matter how it plays out, they deserve to win the league. They deserve to get the trophy.
"But no matter how it plays out, even if we play all the games, it's still going to be the year spoiled by the pandemic.
"It's not going to be that year that Liverpool won the league being the best team and, you know, it's 30 years they haven't won for."
Liverpool had won 27 of 29 Premier League games this season, with one draw and a loss to Deeney's relegation-threatened Watford, who ended their 'Invincibles' bid.
But Deeney said the integrity of this Premier League campaign had been ruined.
"I do feel sorry for Liverpool and their players and Jordan [Henderson, captain], but in terms of integrity, there's no way you could say that this is a viable competition," he said.
"It's like running a marathon, 20-odd miles, stopping for two months and then sprinting the last bit and going: 'Ah, that was a good time that.'"