Liverpool star Sadio Mane told talkSPORT he would understand that the Reds are being denied the Premier League title due to the coronavirus crisis.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were headed for their first high-flying triumph in 30 years before the football season was interrupted by the ongoing pandemic.
Mane helped Liverpool gain a 25-point, but unassailable, lead at the top of the Premier League, and only two wins from their last nine games would have won the title.
But there are now very real fears that these games will never be played, which throws the inevitable procession of the Reds into doubt.
It is not yet known how the standings will be decided if the campaign is canceled, and Mane admits that he will not feel like a Premier League winner unless his team wins on the field.
However, the Senegalese striker insists that he will accept any decision made, even if it means missing the title completely.
When asked if he felt like a champion, the 27-year-old told talkSPORT: “I don’t think so yet. I love my job and I love football, I want to win on the field.
“I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy, that’s what I would like.
“But with this situation, whatever happens, I will understand.
“It has been difficult for Liverpool, but it has been more difficult for millions of people around the world.
“Some people have lost family members and this is the most complicated situation.
“But for me, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year.
“If not, I accept, it’s part of life. I hope we will win it next year. “
Liverpool fans will take hope in comments from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who expects the Reds to somehow win the title.
In Belgium, the Club of Bruges should be crowned top-of-the-range champion, which it led by 15 points when it was canceled.
“I see no way for Liverpool to remain untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it, “said Ceferin.
“Theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close.
“However, if it could not be played, one would also have to announce the results somehow and find keys on how to determine the champions.
“And, of course, again, I don’t see a scenario in which it wouldn’t be Liverpool.
“I understand that fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even at the green table, but I think they will win the title in one way or another. “
Listen to Sadio Mane’s full interview on Drive at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Sadio Mane – Made in Senegal is available on Rakuten TV today.