According to the national lead for football policing, upto six games could be played at a neutral venue including Liverpool’s title-winning games. Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts has said that up to six Premier League matches could be moved. These fixtures include the Merseyside derby as well as Manchester City vs Liverpool.
The Premier League has agreed to set a provisional date to restart the tournament on 17 June. However, this date is subject to government’s approval.
The games that are set to be moved to neutral venues are:
- Manchester City v Liverpool
- Manchester City v Newcastle
- Manchester United v Sheffield United
- Newcastle v Liverpool
- Everton v Liverpool
- Liverpool’s title sealing match
“We have reached a consensus that balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing,” said Mark Roberts.
“The majority of remaining matches will be played, at home and away as scheduled, with a small number of fixtures taking place at neutral venues, which, contrary to some reports, have yet to be agreed.
“This plan will be kept continually under review to ensure public health and safety and a key part of this is for supporters to continue to respect the social distancing guidelines, and not to attend or gather outside the stadiums.”
Liverpool are 25 points ahead of 2nd placed Manchester City and need just two wins out of nine games to clinch their first league title since 30 years. The Reds have a good chance of winning their title at Goodison Park if they manage to win. Imagine if the authorities suggest Old Trafford as a neutral venue for Liverpool’s title sealing game!