First to go should be the myth that the team’s apparently all-night celebration was somehow an incitement to wreck a town square and shoot missiles at Liverpool’s most cherished building. Maybe videos of Virgil van Dijk and co dancing the night away “sent the wrong message”, to use modern parlance. Perhaps privacy should have been maintained. Equally, everyone on that dancefloor had tested negative for coronavirus. This was Britain’s first bio-secure trophy knees-up.
Brine, though, was determined to shame the league and the club. He asked Masters: “Do the Premier League take responsibility for any impact that those events at the end of last week could have three weeks from now?” Not satisfied with the obvious answer that clubs have continually instructed fans not to gather in large numbers, the MP pushed harder: “You can’t entirely blame the fans. Their team have just won the league, that was going to happen, and I’m asking whether the Premier League bear the responsibility, or part of the responsibility, for what happened on Thursday [and] Friday, and what could happen in public health terms as a result.”
So, if there is a coronavirus spike in Liverpool three weeks from now, the Premier League is to blame, despite Masters calling the gatherings “regrettable” and “wrong” and Klopp writing to the Liverpool Echo criticising the culprits. “In the end individuals have to take responsibility for their actions,” Masters said.