Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side have suffered acutely from a lack of home support this season and “cannot wait” for 10,000 fans to return to Anfield for their crucial final-day Premier League game with Crystal Palace.
Coronavirus restrictions on matches being shown behind closed doors for the majority of the campaign have been lifted for the final two matchdays of the Premier League season so that every home team can permit supporters into their stadiums for one game.
Two thousand fans were permitted inside Anfield for their 4-0 win over Wolves, the 2-1 triumph over Tottenham and the 1-1 draw with West Brom in December when the government’s tiered restrictions allowed for a brief return of fans to sports fixtures in certain areas of the country, but Liverpool’s 53,394-capacity ground, like those of all top-flight clubs, has been largely empty throughout the pandemic.
Klopp said it was easy to quantify the effect of what a lack of support at Anfield and on the road has had on his team this season, and the Reds boss admits he “cannot wait” for fans to enter the turnstiles again so that they can help his squad secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
He said: “Football is a game of emotions and we knew we were alone this season. We knew the fans were there but we cannot wait to have 10,000 back.
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“We have supporters back, I cannot wait to see them all again. You cannot imagine but for all the excitement we feel it is good to have patience. Let’s have it like we left it with each other last year.
“I’ve loved this game since I could think but even in my village 300 to 400 showed up to watch the team. We all need support through life.
“Football is a game based on emotion. We were alone. Having 10,000 back is the best news I can imagine.”
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