Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he’s finding it very difficult to count on the government’s latest promise about bringing football fans back to stadiums to see games after the UK govt. promised to do so.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced Monday the government’s winter plan to contain the coronavirus over the next few months, part of which will allow football fans go back to stadiums, but in reduced capacities, only if the area falls into a Tier One or Tier Two category.
Stadiums that falls in a Tier One area, will be allowed to accept up to 4,000 fans, or 50 per cent of the stadium’s capacity will go in depending on which figure is lower, while, stadiums within Tier Two areas will take 2,000 fans, or 50 per cent of the stadium’s capacity will be allowed but not neglecting which figure is lower.
The UK government is expected to announce the composition of the tiers on Thursday, with expectations that Liverpool City Region would fall into Tier 2, but Klopp said he doesn’t trust the government to completely do what has been announced.
While speaking ahead of the Reds’ Champions League clash with Atalanta Klopp said he hoped the announcement wasn’t another “populist promise”, saying, “I think I am like every person, every bit of positive news at the moment has a massive impact.
“When we were told about the vaccine, I was like ‘finally’. I would love to trust any kind of decision this government is doing but it is so difficult. I hope it is not just another populist promise and in the end, we will see it won’t work out. It doesn’t look like it is really thought through.”
The club on Tuesday issued a statement assuring that they would work with their city partners, including Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Spirit of Shankly, in order to put out the most recent health guidance and the most effective process for the safe return of fans.
It said, “Liverpool Football Club welcomes the government’s announcement regarding the proposed return of fans into sports stadia. We have greatly missed our supporters at Anfield and we look forward to welcoming them back when it is safe to do so.
“We will continue to work with our city partners, including Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Spirit of Shankly, in order to establish the most up-to-date health guidance and the most effective process for the safe return of supporters.
“While we await confirmation of which tier the city of Liverpool will be placed in, we continue to work through our plans and will make further announcements in due course.”