Everton 'hopeful that clash with Liverpool will be played at home'

Everton ‘hopeful that their clash with Liverpool – which could see Jurgen Klopp’s side crowned Premier League champions – will be played at Goodison Park as they ask for meeting with city council’s safety chiefs’

  • Everton are reportedly hopeful clash with Liverpool will be at their home ground
  • Police declared six top-flight fixtures were in line to be moved to neutral venues
  • Two of games listed last week were Merseyside derby and leader’s title-clincher

Everton are hopeful that their clash with Liverpool – which could see Jurgen Klopp’s side crowned Premier League champions – will be played at Goodison Park as they’ve asked for a meeting with the city council’s safety chiefs, according to reports.

Last week National Police Chiefs’ Council football lead officer Mark Roberts declared that six top-flight fixtures were in line to be moved to neutral venues after the Premier League was given the green light to resume on June 17.

Two of the six matches Deputy Chief Constable Roberts listed on Friday were the Merseyside derby and the leaders’ title-clincher.

Everton are reportedly hopeful that their clash with Liverpool will be played at Goodison Park

However the Toffees are optimistic their match against rivals Liverpool on the weekend of June 20 can take place at their home ground, according to The Independent.

Liverpool currently have a 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, who face Arsenal in a game in hand on June 17, before the first weekend of a complete set of fixtures. 

If Pep Guardiola’s side suffer defeat by the Gunners, Liverpool could seal their first league title for 30 years against Everton. 

Liverpool currently have a 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City in the top flight

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Monday that Premier League clubs are heading home with officials confident only four matches will be staged at neutral venues.  

The Government appeared to pave the way to Liverpool securing the Premier League title on Merseyside last weekend by insisting that a decision on neutral venues lies with a local authority group based in the city.

Asked by The Mail on Sunday if clubs like Liverpool should accept the six games national police chiefs have earmarked for neutral venues, Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, declared it was for the city’s obscure Safety Advisory Group, made up of councillors, police, football club representatives and public health experts, to make the decision.




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