Liverpool are upset with city mayor Joe Anderson calling for the Premier League season to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Anderson told BBC Sport that he believes no further games should be played this campaign as he fears potential breaches to social distancing rules when Liverpool eventually win the title.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are just two victories away from clinching a first title in 30 years, and Anderson says policing subsequent celebrations could turn “farcical”.
He did however add that Liverpool should be awarded with silverware to mark the club’s achievement to this point.
But the Anfield club have hit back in a statement, condemning the mayor’s comments and revealing their “disappointment”.
The statement read: “As a club, we are aware of and disappointed by comments attributed to Mayor Joe Anderson in a media interview which was published today.
“As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of any behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively.
“In recent weeks, we have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective.
“As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue.
“In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis which continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation.”