"Insulted" Liverpool insist games can be played behind closed doors at Anfield

Liverpool feel “insulted” that many believe their fans would not respect public health guidelines in any Premier League return.

And the club say they can deliver games behind closed doors at Anfield without significant crowds gathering.

In the light of clubs asking the Government to think again over playing matches at neutral venues, the focus has fallen strongly on the champions-elect.

There are fears thousands of fans would gather if they have a game at their own stadium where a first title in 30 years is confirmed.

Privately, the Reds have taken to task those who use Anfield as an example of potential crowd problems and instead offered a variety of strategies to ensure there would be no issues.

It is understood Liverpool would employ a number of measures to ensure no large crowds gather, including direct messages from manager Jurgen Klopp and many of his star players, as well as community leaders.

Liverpool city mayor Joe Anderson has been a dissenting voice, and said: “Even if it was behind closed doors, many thousands of people would turn up outside Anfield to celebrate, so I think it’s a non-starter.”

But the club hit back strongly at his suggestion.

In a sternly worded statement, they said: “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.”

Liverpool will wait to see the outcome of discussions between the Premier League and Government over a restart, but privately they are adamant it will be possible to stage games at Anfield without incident.

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