Liverpool release statement on fans returning to Anfield

Liverpool are still gearing up for the potential return of fans to Anfield.

The defending Premier League champions haven’t played in front of the Anfield faithful since the coronavirus pandemic forced the 2019-20 season to take a three-month hiatus.

Reds fans last set foot inside Anfield in March for the club’s 3-2 Champions League defeat to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool, like many of their rivals, have been figuring out ways to allow fans safely back in their stadium whilst adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing.

The Merseysiders had earmarked last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield United for the return of 12,500 socially-distanced fans, although the Government’s decision to shelve plans to allow spectators to view elite sports events in person scuppered the scheme.

Liverpool have been playing in an empty Anfield fore the last few months

The Reds, however, haven’t let the setback derail preparations for the return of their loyal supporters, which they’re still diligently working on.

“As part of the club’s ongoing preparations for the potential return of supporters to the stadium in the future, we would like to provide an update to fans on the current situation,” a club statement read.”

“It was expected that the opening fixtures of the 2020-21 season would take place behind closed doors until at least October at the earliest, with the likelihood that stadiums would then initially operate at reduced capacity in line with social distancing measures. As of the end of September, this plan was postponed due to increasing cases of COVID-19 nationally.

Tottenham Hotspur: 59

Arsenal: 16

Manchester United: 7

Chelsea: 3

Manchester City: 1

Liverpool: 0

“However, as the situation continues to evolve and remains subject to change, we are continuing to work hard to ensure that when the time is right for spectators to return, we are in the best possible position to welcome fans back to Anfield while ensuring a safe environment for everyone in attendance.

“As such, we are currently working on a number of new processes and systems, which will be introduced in the coming weeks, that will enable us to be properly prepared to welcome fans back to Anfield as safely and efficiently as possible, when government guidelines allow.

“We will provide more information on this and will be contacting fans regarding these upcoming changes in due course.

“We will continue to keep supporters updated with all 2020-21 season developments and we thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Liverpool were hoping to have fans back in Anfield last weekend for their 2-1 win over Sheffield United

Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday evening, welcoming the in-form West Ham to the Anfield.

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