Former Liverpool star Jason McAteer claims he’s worried about meeting fans in Anfield to celebrate a Reds crown if the Premier League chooses to stick to home grounds instead of neutral venues.
A lot of discussion and dialog has been going on about when and how the restart will happen, with a big talk topic being neutral sites. Paul Barber, CEO of Brighton, expressed his opposition to the Premier League’s ‘Plan Restart’ program, saying he believes England will follow the German model by winning at home stadia.
Barber went on to talk about what would make neutral sites better than playing on home fields, but McAteer suggests a return to playing at stadiums like Anfield could contribute to big crowds.
“My concern about Liverpool being so close to winning the championship mathematically right before the lockout was that crowds may have grown up outside of Anfield, particularly if the league had ended up in empty stadiums,” McAteer told gambling.com.
“If Liverpool had won the league in Anfield with no one inside, 30,000 or so people would have gathered outside the ground to celebrate, and at the time we weren’t all aware of how terrible this situation was.”Thirty years everybody was waiting for this day, everybody was on a high and nobody wanted to miss it all.
There must have been a lot of people heading out on the streets to celebrate.”While we’re all the most educated about the virus, it can happen too. But one way to alleviate this problem is to arrange games in friendly venues, which I can get behind.”From a Liverpool point of view, fans would assemble if they began their games at Anfield and took the trophy over there.
Police aren’t willing to. From a security point of view, we can not risk that.” “McAteer agreed that these steps are necessary, but added that he wishes that as little changes as possible could be made.