KLOPP SAYS RETURN OF FANS A SMALL STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp welcomed the news that 2,000 fans will be allowed into Anfield starting from next month as a small step in the right direction on Friday.

The city of Liverpool has been placed under Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions by the government, paving the way for a limited return of fans for the first time since March.

While London clubs will also be permitted to allow fans back in small numbers next month, many Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United and those in the Midlands will not as they are in Tier 3 areas.

Liverpool’s game at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday will be without fans, as the new measures come in next week. However, 2,000 fans will be permitted to attend Liverpool’s home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers next weekend.

Klopp was asked whether it would be an advantage for his title winners.

“I said before I knew which tier Liverpool would be in that’s it’s not about discussing the advantage or disadvantage of this or that,” he told a news conference.

“It’s making small steps in the right direction. I’m happy that we can bring in 2,000 people, nobody knows how long we will be able to do that, but I think we should discuss not on the basis of an advantage for this or that team

“The world is in a difficult place and we all wait for small steps. This is a small step in the right direction.”

Klopp was less happy, however, with the scheduling which means his side face Brighton in a 1230GMT kickoff on Saturday having played Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday. REUTERS

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