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‘A nice sign’ – Klopp opens up on limited return of fans to Premier League stadia

Jurgen Klopp says the return of fans to stadiums is ‘a nice sign’ that football is edging closer normality as Liverpool prepare to allow 2000 supporters into Anfield this week.

Liverpool’s meet Ajax in a crucial Champions League clash tomorrow evening, in what will be the Reds final fixture before a small amount of supporters are welcomed back into stadiums this weekend.

English football has been played behind-closed-doors since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, though an announcement has been made that will allow a gradual integration of fans following the end of the UK’s lockdown.

The Liverpool City Region has been placed into Tier 2 restrictions by the UK government, permitting the Reds to operate with a maximum of 2,000 supporters ahead of this weekend’s clash with Wolves.

The club have been working closely with numerous parties including the council and Merseyside Police in a bid to ensure the return of supporters can operate as safely as possible, with Klopp hopeful the reduced capacity attendance is the ‘first step’ towards a return to normality.

“As a player I never had more than 2,000 supporters probably,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

”Since I worked as a coach there have been more in a stadium. I am happy for the 2,000 lucky ones who get the chance to see live football again after all that time but I have no experience with 2,000 supporters at Anfield.

“It’s really not about us or the advantage we have with that or disadvantage. It’s a nice sign that these things are possible and I hope that it is just the first step. That is my biggest hope.”

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