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Liverpool Mayor on “Real Opportunity” for Clubs to Play Games at Home

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The league is aiming for a June restart and Liverpool are expected to host their own home games.

Liverpool FC Show Their Support for the NHS Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The goal is for the Premier League to return in June with games behind closed doors. If it does, it appears as though Liverpool and other teams in England’s top flight will, somewhat unexpectedly, be playing their home games at their home stadiums.

That was the news today, with news that the government and league had reversed course and were now open to allowing clubs to host their home matches. And it’s news Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson addressed in speaking with The Liverpool Echo.

“There has to be collaboration between the Council, the Premier League, police, and fan groups,” Anderson said today. “There is a real opportunity to consult and collaborate with each other to see if it can be done. I think it can—but it’s difficult.”

Previously, the mayor had suggested a barrier to allowing clubs to host their own home games was the likelihood of fans gathering in large numbers outside the stadiums—a statement that incensed Liverpool supporter group Spirit of Shankly.

Now, it appears as though a Premier League restart in a month is increasingly likely—and with it games at Anfield and also Everton’s Goodison Park, which had been set to host a Merseyside Derby the weekend English football was suspended.

Hopefully, if the situation is such that football can in fact resume in England—as it is scheduled to on the weekend in Germany—supporters of Liverpool, Everton, and the rest of the Premier League clubs will show they can behave responsibly.