Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool do NOT have an advantage despite being the ONLY Premier League team to have fans in attendance this weekend for visit of West Brom
- Jurgen Klopp understands the frustrations of clubs who aren’t allowed fans
- Anfield will be the only Premier League ground permitted to have 2,000 fans
- He considers having fans inside Anfield as a reward for the people of Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has said he understands the frustrations of clubs who aren’t allowed supporters into their stadiums but insists the current situation doesn’t give Liverpool a competitive advantage.
Anfield will be the only Premier League ground permitted to have 2,000 spectators inside to watch their game against West Brom on Sunday.
Latest Government restrictions announced across the country last week mean Liverpool and Everton are the sole Premier League clubs in tier two areas still able to invite a live crowd.
Jurgen Klopp has said he understands the frustrations of clubs who aren’t allowed supporters
Anfield will be the only Premier League ground permitted to have 2,000 spectators
‘I understand everybody else wants the best. If we have 2,000 and nobody else has one hundred or whatever, then I can imagine people will talk about it.
‘I wish everyone could have it. I don’t know how long we will have it. This year has shown us enjoy the good things as long as they are.
‘For us the benefit is from an emotional point of view. Much more enjoyable. I don’t see it as a massive advantage, it’s just nicer. That’s the truth.
‘But we as a club had nothing to do with the decision.’
Klopp is urging fans to savour the experience of the Albion game in case Merseyside is raised to tier three and their football teams have to play in front of empty stands again.
He urged fans to savour the experience for West Brom in case Merseyside is raised to tier three
‘I will never ever in my life take a full stadium for granted,’ said Klopp. ‘I don’t think I had played a game in Mainz, Dortmund or Liverpool without a non-sold out stadium for a long time. I enjoyed it but didn’t realise how special it is. For sure, I will in the future.’
Klopp considers having fans inside Anfield as a reward for the people of Liverpool who have undertaken mass testing in recent weeks, keeping Covid levels relatively low.
But he acknowledges the worsening national situation means Merseyside is likely to be impacted at some stage.
‘From my point of view, long may it continue that we can keep people in the stadium. But with the new tier system, it doesn’t look very likely, eh?
Klopp considers having fans inside Anfield as a reward for the people of Liverpool
‘There are still bigger problems out there and as long as the deciders allow us to bring people in, I think that is a really good sign.
‘The moment they say it is not possible any more, then we have to wait for the next moment it is possible again.’
Klopp is aware that West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is the last manager to conjure up a Premier League win at Anfield when he was in charge of Crystal Palace in April 2017.
Liverpool will be red-hot favourites as champions and Premier League leaders against an Albion team firmly stuck in the bottom three.
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