Liverpool boss Klopp in favour of Prem safe standing trial

Date published: Friday 24th September 2021 12:00 - Joe Williams

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is in favour of the trial of safe standing in the Premier League after the Government announced a pilot programme.

The end to a 25-year blanket ban on standing in the top two tiers of English football was confirmed on Wednesday, with approved clubs able to operate licensed safe standing areas from January 1 next year.

Liverpool installed 1,800 temporary rail seats in the Kop at Anfield before the start of the season and should have a further 7,000 in use in the Anfield Road Stand by the end of next month as part of a season-long trial.

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However, it has been reported that the Reds intend to continue with their own trial – which allows spectators to stand safely at key moments but then sit down again – rather than be part of a programme where supporters can stand throughout a match should they wish.

Anfield will therefore remain all-seater for the remainder of the season. The club will complete a full review to assess options for next season.

Standing areas in what is now the Premier League and Championship were outlawed by legislation passed in the wake of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans.

On the trial of safe standing in football, Klopp said at a pre-match press conference: “Things had to be reconsidered so now after quite a long time it’s a good moment to start thinking about how can we get back to where we were.

“In football it’s really about atmosphere. We all know that. The more people in the stadium, the better the atmosphere. The more people in the right position, the better the atmosphere.

“I’m pretty sure that on the Kop people stand most of the time anyway but it’s just good that we talk about it again and that we might reintroduce it again and that we test it again.

“I’m sure people are now responsible enough now to test it in the right way. The stadiums are completely different to a time when really sad, sad things happened.

“The construction is different, all these kind of things. I like the idea, but I’m really excited about how much better the atmosphere could be at Anfield if we had safe standing. I would be really surprised if it could be even better but I’m open for that so lets see.”


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