Reds Behind Closed Doors
The 2019/20 Premier League season resumed on Wednesday 17th June, with matches taking place behind closed doors.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the overriding priority of both the Club and the Premier League has been the health and wellbeing of everyone involved. The safety of players, coaches, club staff and the local community is paramount. Strict protocols have been put in place to ensure that Anfield stadium is as safe as possible for everybody present.
Football is back at Anfield but not quite as we all know it. We’ve put together some information to explain some of the differences for LFC fans ahead of the season restart.
Watching the match
Why are matches being played behind closed doors?
The government is using a 5-stage framework for the phased return of elite sport. The remaining matches in the 2019/20 season will be played under Stage 3. This allows for domestic matches to be played, providing access is restricted to ‘individuals with essential functional roles.’ Supporters are not permitted and will not return until medical advice and government legislation allows them to do so.
Where to watch the game
With games being played behind closed doors, all 92 remaining matches will be broadcast live in the UK by the Premier League's existing partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime. A selection of games will be free to air.
A full list of fixtures including kick-off times and where to watch can be found here
Two minutes of action will be available two hours after each game on LFCTV GO, before extended highlights are published at midnight (BST)
For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the game can be found here.
Fans can also follow the game via the club’s matchday offering on liverpoolfc.com. This will include live audio commentary, a match blog and videos throughout the day.
Season Ticket Holder Offer
To make sure our Season Ticket Holders without access to Sky Sports don’t miss out on watching broadcasted games, we are delighted to be able to give an exclusive offer to those who are located in the UK and Ireland of two free NOW TV Sky Sports Day passes. The passes will provide you with two periods of 24-hour viewing access to Sky Sports channels via the NOW TV Stream platform.
The first redeemable matchday was the 24th June v Crystal Palace, due to Everton v LFC being free to air. All Season Ticket Holders located in the UK and Ireland will receive an email with their unique codes to redeem this offer.
Ticket Holder Refunds
For more information on the ticket refund process click here
Will matchday programmes be available to purchase?
Matchday programmes are available to purchase. To find out more information click here
Get Involved at Home
LFC Match Centre
Liverpool FC's new all immersive Matchday experience, Match Centre, was launched on Saturday 20th June. Match Centre gives fans amazing LFC coverage starting the day before each game and taking you through to matchday itself. You'll experience:
- Exclusive content, manager insight and player interviews.
- Enhanced minute-by-minute blog
- Live audio commentary
- Quizzes, polls, opinions and debates
- Exclusive squad news, line-ups and features.
We can’t be at Anfield but we’re still supporting from home. Share what your new matchday looks like via social media and join together with Reds around the world. Use the hashtag #LFCATHOME to get involved.
LFCTV & LFCTV GO
As always, you can access all the latest video content via your LFCTV or LFCTV GO subscription. Highlights from each match will be available 2 hours after the match as well as full match replays from midnight. Don’t miss all the latest from Melwood as the team train for each game. Try LFCTV GO free for a month, find out more.
Fans Supporting Foodbanks
In the absence of the usual matchday collections, fans can make charitable donations to the Emergency Foodbank Appeal in support of the Trussell Trust foodbank network, which provides emergency assistance to families and vulnerable people living in food poverty.
You can donate to Liverpool FC’s Emergency Foodbank Appeal here, or alternatively, text donations can be made directly to the North Liverpool Foodbank by texting FOODBANKFC to 70460.
Donations will cost £5, plus your standard network message rate. You can also donate any whole amount up to £20 by texting FOODBANKFC, plus the value. For example, FOODBANKFC10 means you’ll be donating £10. To make an online donation directly to the North Liverpool Foodbank, click here.
Will there be anything for supporters to do at Anfield on matchday?
No, its vital that you help us to complete the season in the safest way possible by tuning in from the comfort of your own home.
By staying at home and following government guidance you will be playing your part to keep your friends, family, fellow fans, and the local community safe.
While the LFC Anfield superstore reopened on Monday 15th June, it will not be open on matchdays. The Boot Room Café, LFC Museum and Stadium Tour and ticket office also remain closed until further notice, in line with government guidelines. LFC car parks will also be closed to the public on matchdays.
As per government guidelines, local bars and restaurants in the area remain closed.
The Rest of the 2019/20 Season
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. Whilst Anfield won’t be the same without fans, we need you to be safe and support from home by tuning in – that’s the best way you can show you’re behind the team.
We will still be upholding tradition by playing You’ll Never Walk Alone before the game kicks off and we would love you to share your own rendition with us on social media using the hashtag #LFCATHOME. For more details on this, please refer to the ‘How can supporters get involved from home?’ section.
In line with Premier League guidance that will see a standardised approach across the grounds, we will dress the rest of the stadium with a mixture of banners that will include the club crest and colours. To make it as authentic as possible we are installing flags that would normally appear on Kop. 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 in a position 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 there be other Premier League matchday features?
As a show of recognition for the incredible work of NHS workers during the COVID-19 crisis, an NHS badge will feature on player and match official shirts for the remainder of the 2019/20 season. A moment’s silence will be held before the opening 12 matches to recognise those whose lives have been affected by COVID-19.
For the first 12 matches of the restarted campaign, all player names on the back of shirts will be replaced by Black Lives Matter. A Black Lives Matter sleeve patch will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season. The Premier League will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches and will restate its No Room For Racism messaging on LED boards and in communications.
‘We Are One Team’ will feature on a patch on the match balls and on Premier League branding in stadia, reflecting how the League, clubs, fans and players have come together to support the NHS, their communities and society as a whole during the pandemic.
Will VAR be in operation?
VAR will continue to be in operation 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, teams will line up for the Premier League anthem, observing social distancing. There will be no handshake.
Why are there drinks breaks?
In the interests of player welfare and to ensure appropriate sanitisation of equipment, drinks will be taken midway through each half. The break will last no more than one minute. Players must drink from their own water bottles and adhere to social distancing during each break. In accordance with obligations, players shall be provided with their individual drink pitch-side. The referees will make allowance for the time lost in that half due to the stoppage.
Will there be media interviews and press conferences after each match?
The club will be hosting its pre-match press conference virtually. Post-match broadcast interviews will take place pitchside with social distancing exercised. Boom microphones must be used and cleaned between interviews. Huddle interviews are not permitted. Post-match press conferences will be conducted virtually.
It’s essential that we finish the season in the safest way possible prioritising public health in order to ensure that the return to football is a success for Merseyside.
We have 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.
Throughout this period, we have been working closely with City partners and supporters’ clubs to encourage fans to be safe and support the team by tuning in to watch games from the comfort of their own home. You can do your part to by tuning in from the comfort of your own home.
To protect the health and safety of all of those involved, we will be installing fencing around the perimeter of the ground to create a sterile area around the Stadium. This will allow us to facilitate social distancing whilst carefully managing and protecting the local community and all those working at the game as per Premier League and Government guidance.