Reds Behind Closed Doors 20/21

What are LFC doing to keep the stadium safe?

We have worked with local authorities and other key stakeholders to develop venue operation plans and COVID-19 stadium risk assessments, minimising both the risk to public health and reliance on local health and other emergency services.

Working closely with City partners and supporters' clubs to encourage fans to be safe by tuning in to watch games from home and supporting the team safely whilst following public health and government guidelines. 

There will be a perimeter of fencing around the ground to create a sterile area around the Stadium to protect the health and safety of all of those involved. This will allow us to facilitate the appropriate social distancing measures, whilst carefully managing and protecting the local community and all those working at the game as per Premier League and Government guidance.

What will Anfield look and sound like without fans in attendance?

There is nothing like hearing 54,000 fans singing in You’ll Never Walk Alone in full voice before the start of a game. This important tradition will still be upheld just before KO, whilst it won't be the same without the fans singing please share your new matchday ritual using the hashtag #LFCATHOME. For more details on this, please click on the 'support us safely' tab above. 

In line with Premier League guidance that will see a standardised approach across the grounds, which involves a new look to the stadium with a mixture of banners that will include the club crest and colours. To make it as authentic as possible flags will be installed that would normally appear on Kop including new tributes to Gerard Houllier and Ray Clemence. As part of this, the club continues to work with organised fan groups on plans to decorate the stadium. Unfortunately, due to operational, safety and logistical restrictions, we are not currently able to accommodate individual requests for flags to be displayed.

Crowd noise will not be played inside the stadium during games, but fans watching from home can select the option to choose atmospheric audio over the match footage as part of the broadcast. This has been created for use across the Premier League using the team-specific FIFA 20 game audio.

Will VAR be in operation?

Yes, VAR will continue to be in operation with all Premier League games at IMG Studios, Stockley Park. There will be a different configuration to the usual VAR Hub set-up in order to allow for social distancing, with additional rooms also being used when required.

What is the walkout procedure?

After a staggered exit from the tunnel, both teams will line up for the competition pre-match protocol and / or pre-match photography, observing social distancing. There will be no pre match handshake.

Will there be media interviews and press conferences after each match?

Yes, we will be hosting our pre-match press conference virtually. Post-match broadcast interviews will take place pitch side with social distancing exercised. Boom microphones will be used and cleaned between interviews. Huddle interviews are not permitted. Post-match press conferences will also be conducted virtually.