As the leaders of the Premier League are preparing to resume their quest for a first top-flight title in 30 years, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked fans to stay home rather than gather at stadiums.
Owing to coronavirus the league was suspended and after a three-month break, it is set to come back later Wednesday.
Liverpool is left with six points to win the title and if they beat local rivals Everton and second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal later on Wednesday, they could even secure it on Sunday.
Games will be played in front of empty stands and the government could revisit plans to stage some matches in neutral venues if large crowds gather in front of venues, says British sports minister Nigel Huddleston.
“Soccer is back. It will obviously be completely different for some reasons but you can still make it really, really special, “said Klopp in a video on the website of Liverpool.
“Despite the empty stands, the players would still feel their support, and fuel their drive to the title,” he added.
“We’re going to use that but the final message is: stay safe, back us from home.”