Steven Gerrard hints he would back Premier League season extension

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Steven Gerrard is hinting he would back a Premier League season extension as Covid continues to cause game chaos … as the Aston Villa boss also insists it “makes perfect sense” to be able to use five substitutes in matches

  • Steven Gerrard has indicated he will support an extension of the Championship season
  • Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on hectic Premier League fixture list
  • There have been 16 high profile games postponed in December and more are likely
  • Aston Villa boss isolated himself for his loss to Chelsea last Saturday
  • Gerrard would also like to be able to use five substitutes rather than three











Steven Gerrard has indicated he will support an extension of the Premier League season because he fears Covid-19 will wreak havoc on the fixtures list again this winter.

The Aston Villa boss missed his side’s 3-1 home loss to Chelsea last Saturday as he isolated himself after contracting the virus for the second time, but he trained on Friday and expects to be in the Brentford shelter.

There have been 16 high profile games postponed in December and Leicester’s home game with Norwich, scheduled for Sunday, will be rescheduled due to positive Covid cases and injuries in the Canaries squad.

Steven Gerrard has indicated he will support a Premier League season extension

“You want the competition to be as strong and fair as possible until the end,” said Gerrard, who has seen two games postponed, against Burnley and Leeds. “I hope this Covid situation does not snowball and worsen.

“It’s important that we keep trying to make as many games as possible and people are doing everything they can to get the games played.

“I will support whatever it takes for the games to be over and the games to be over in the best competitive way. If that means extending the season and the powers that be suggest it, I will support it.

With the World Cup taking place next winter, there is little room on the calendar for a break but the integrity of the Premier League risks being called into question if postponements continue at the current pace.

Aston Villa boss missed his side's 3-1 loss to Chelsea last Saturday as he isolated himself

Aston Villa boss missed his side’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea last Saturday as he isolated himself

Burnley’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Thursday was their first game since December 12, and heading into the Old Trafford game they had four games in hand against multiple teams.

Like many of his fellow bosses, Gerrard would like to be able to use five substitutes rather than three to lighten the load on his players.

He added: “I think that makes perfect sense. The main thing on the agenda right now is the welfare of the players, and one of the quick fixes would be to bring in five substitutes instead of three.

“From a selfish point of view it means you can satisfy more players, which the club pays very well.”

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