Empty shelves in a Sainsbury's supermarket in Walthamstow, London, March 20 2020. Picture: TOLGA AKMEN / AFP
Empty shelves in a Sainsbury's supermarket in Walthamstow, London, March 20 2020. Picture: TOLGA AKMEN / AFP

London — The CEO of English football club Liverpool has offered the club’s stewards to local supermarkets as customers clamber for goods amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“Message to supermarket managers here on Merseyside,” wrote Liverpool Football Club CEO Peter Moore on Twitter. “Our stadium stewards here @LFC are offering their time and expertise in volunteering to help with crowd control, queue management, parking control, assisting the elderly and infirm taking their groceries to their cars, and so on.

“They are truly the best in the business and would be delighted to help in whatever way you would deem appropriate [and safe] on your premises. Please DM me so that I can put you in contact. #YNWA [You’ll Never Walk Alone]," he added, referencing the Liverpool anthem.

There have been reports of British supermarket workers facing abuse amid panic buying as customers scramble for food and other items during the coronavirus outbreak.

Shop workers’ union Usdaw said retail staff “play an essential role in getting the country through this crisis” and needed support.

Liverpool, who have not been crowned champions of England since 1990, are now a huge 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. But with the competition now suspended, and no certainty as to when or if it will resume, there is still doubt over whether the champions-elect will win their first English title of the Premier League era this season.

AFP