Goodison Park will host the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, while the Reds have also been given the all clear to lift the Premier League title at Anfield
Anfield Liverpool and Everton have been cleared to play their remaining Premier League games behind closed doors at Anfield and Goodison Park – meaning the Reds will get to lift the Premier League title at their home ground and the Merseyside derby will not have to be held at a neutral venue. A local Safety Advisory Group – formed of representatives from both clubs as well as Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and fan unions – gave their support for the derby, on Sunday June 21, to be held in the city on Wednesday.
There were fears the match may have to be hosted away from Merseyside because jubilant Liverpool fans may congregate outside of Goodison.
Several games across the country were highlighted by Mark Roberts, the police chief in charge of football in England, for the risk of having crowds gathering outside, including all of Liverpool’s matches until they are crowned Premier League champions.
The Reds are six points away from winning the league for the first time in 30 years and if reigning champions Manchester City lose to Arsenal on Wednesday June 17, Liverpool can end their lengthy wait for a championship by beating neighbours Everton four days later.
Wembley Stadium, St Mary’s Stadium and Villa Park were all mooted as potential neutral grounds at which the derby could be held if it was deemed unsafe for the game to be played at its original venue.
But after getting the green light from the Safety Advisory Group the fixture will be held Everton’s home stadium as normal, with supporters from both clubs reminded by the authorities to stay at home and prevent any potential further spread of the coronavirus.
Liverpool’s COVID-19 death toll one of the highest in the United Kingdom per data from the Office for National Statistics.