Jurgen Klopp has urged the Liverpool fans in attendance for Sunday night’s fixture with Wolves to “support these boys to the maximum that the rules will allow”.
The Reds boss also sent a rousing message to supporters insisting they will “like what they see” from their team.
Fans are returning to Anfield for the first time in nine months, with 2,000 permitted to attend as Liverpool is under Tier 2 regulations.
The Reds are third in the Premier League and victory will see them rise to at least second – but they face a Wolves side full of confidence after a 2-1 win at Arsenal.
Klopp knows his team face a stiff test against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men and informed Liverpool fans of their “responsibility” if they are fortunate enough to be in attendance.
“To those who will be here, I would ask only one thing – that you support these boys to the maximum that the rules will allow,” Klopp wrote in Liverpool’s official matchday programme.
“I know from experience that playing in front of small crowds in bigger grounds can sometimes be difficult because on the pitch you are able to hear individual voices so we all have a responsibility to be as positive and give as much encouragement as we possibly can.
“It has been a long time since you have seen this team and I hope you like what you see. To be honest, I think you will.”
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Liverpool have been plagued by injuries during the opening months of the season, but Klopp declared the Reds’ motivation to defend their Premier League crown is as fierce as ever.
He added: “This is not the easiest moment for us and we have suffered some knocks, but if anything that has brought us even closer together and made us even more determined to continue being the kind of team that this club and our wonderful supporters deserve.
“It is also important that our fans who cannot be here today know that we are still playing for them.
“It might seem strange seeing as we have been unable to see each other since March, but we have felt you with us in everything that we have done.
“We play because of our fans and for our fans. That will never, ever change.”
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