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Klopp urges considering fans' return as a step in the right direction

Fri 27 November 2020 | 14:02

As the city of Liverpool being in tier 2, Liverpool F.C is set to welcome fans back next month but Jurgen Klopp feels rivals should not see it as giving an advantage.

Instead of an advantage, the Liverpool boss believes the return of fans into the stadium must be considered as a step in the right direction

Football matches have been played behind closed doors since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but stadiums are due to begin reopening next week, December 2



On Thursday, the United Kingdom government announced a return to a tier-based system for the exit from a second national lockdown, as areas in the middle tier will be allowed to welcome up to 2,000 fans to games, which means Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton, Liverpool, Southampton, and the six London clubs are all set to reopen their respective stadiums, while other clubs can’t have the same privilege.

Leeds United manager

Marcelo Bielsa

and Newcastle United boss

Steve Bruce

have suggested it gives certain clubs an "unfair" advantage for at least a couple of weeks, but Klopp thinks people should look at it as a positive step regardless.

"We are all really waiting for little steps in the right direction, not just football, all parts of life,"

Klopp told the press conference.

"Tiers is the best idea at the moment in the country, so it depends how many people are infected over a specific period of time.

"I understand obviously some discussions about how it's an advantage for some clubs - but it's not about advantage, it's about small steps.

"This is a sign – I'm happy we can bring in 2,000 people. Nobody knows how long [for] or even the first game yet, but I think we shouldn't discuss this on a basis of advantages or disadvantages for teams. It's a step in the right direction."


can be back to action on Liverpool’s away game at Brighton, after missing two matches after contracting coronavirus on international duty. This can give Klopp a selection dilemma due to the form of

Diogo Jota

, who shined in Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Leicester City. That was the fourth successive home league appearance in which Jota had scored, who scored 8 times in his first 13 appearances for Reds.

Klopp added:

"Diogo has obviously settled in nicely, true, it's very important for us because we cannot play our 'usual' front three all season.

“It was difficult to improve us there but Diogo looks like he can, it's massively helpful and I'm pleased with that."

source: SportMob