Liverpool ‘feel insulted’ over fears their fans will break social-distancing rules to celebrate Premier League title and will use ‘direct messages from Jurgen Klopp and star players’ to ensure large crowds don’t gather at Anfield
- There have been fears Liverpool fans will descend on Anfield when league is won
- Jurgen Klopp’s side require just six more points to win first title in 30 years
- Mayor Joe Anderson last month raised his own fears over the situation
- He claimed ‘many thousands of people’ would congregate outside the stadium
Liverpool are reportedly ‘insulted’ by suggestions that their fans will break social-distancing rules to celebrate their long-awaited Premier League title when the season resumes next month.
There have been fears, vocalised most prominently by city mayor Joe Anderson, that ‘many thousands of people’ will congregate outside Anfield when the title is confirmed.
Jurgen Klopp’s side require just six more points with nine games remaining to end the club’s 30-year wait for a 19th league title.
Liverpool fans are known to turn out in huge numbers to support their club on match days
The club are said to be ‘insulted’ by suggestions fans would break social-distancing rules
The Premier League leaders have shot down those who view Anfield as an example of potential crowd problems, according to The Mirror.
And they have offered a variety of strategies to alleviate any potential issues, including direct messages sent from Jurgen Klopp and first-team stars, as well as community leaders.
Liverpool could still win the league title at Anfield, though behind closed doors, with the Premier League backing plans to ask the government to allow clubs to use their own stadiums instead of playing out the season at neutral venues,
The European champions were quick to criticise Mayor Anderson after he called for the season to be cancelled to avoid the scenario of supporters descending on Liverpool’s home ground.
There are fears Liverpool fans could turn up outside Anfield if they win behind closed doors
Matches are likely to be played behind closed doors but could still take place at Anfield
He said last month: ‘Even if it was behind closed doors, there’d be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield.
‘There’s not many people who would respect what we were saying and stay away from the ground, a lot of people would come to celebrate so I think it’s a non-starter.
‘I think it would be really difficult for the police to keep people apart and maintain social distancing if they were going to celebrate outside Anfield, it would be farcical.
‘The police are right to be concerned about that as we are here in the city, and public health officials are also concerned about that, so we’d ask the Premier League and government to take into account all of these concerns that we have.’
Joe Anderson fears that the situation could become farcical if ‘Project Restart’ goes ahead
Liverpool require only six points from nine games to win first league title in 30 years
Anderson, a lifelong Everton fan, added: ‘I think the best thing to do is to actually end the season.’
But the club hit back strongly at his suggestion, replying: ‘We are disappointed by comments (from) Mayor Joe Anderson, (there is) a lack of evidence to support his claims.
‘Supporters have (expressed) their determination to respect social distancing measures. 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.’
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