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Liverpool issue update on fans returning to Anfield as preparations stepped up – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool issue update on fans returning to Anfield as preparations stepped up – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool are ramping up their preparations for the return of supporters to Anfield.

Fans haven’t been allowed to watch the Reds in competition action since the coronavirus pandemic forced a three-month suspension of the Premier League back in March.

While games have subsequently taken place behind closed doors, clubs have been working to adapt stadia to accept a limited number of fans while adhering to social-distancing measures.

Liverpool had initially earmarked last Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United for the return of around 12,500 fans inside Anfield before the Government opted to pause allowing elite level sport to reopen for spectators.

Manchester United announced earlier this week they have altered Old Trafford to meet the new rules, with a host of other clubs working on similar plans.

And Liverpool have confirmed they are pressing ahead with their own preparations, which could involve the use of technology to process entry into the ground without physical tickets.

A club statement said: “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.

“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.”

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