English Premiership

Jurgen Klopp: 'We won't have help from Anfield crowd'

Liverpool fans at Anfield (Getty Images)
Liverpool fans at Anfield (Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp says his players will struggle to adapt to playing in empty stadiums when the Premier League returns.

The league will restart on 19 June with two games behind closed doors and when Liverpool return to action against Everton three days later at Goodison Park.

And Klopp says his player's might be surprised at his shouting from the bench.

Normally the German's instructions would be drowned out by the crowd noise, but with empty stadiums now the norm for the time being, everything coming from Klopp will be heard by the players.

"There will be a few tough games waiting for us, and we will not have the help from the crowd," Klopp told BBC 5Live.

"But no team will have the help from the crowd, so it is the same situation for all of us, that's why I'm not worried about it.

"We tried to simulate the situation to get used to it. We tried to train in the stadium, play internal friendlies that we just get used to it.

"Because when I shout usually in a game, 'Mo, do this or that', they will probably get a shock because it's that loud.

"We all need to get used to it, but that's not a problem. If only we would play without a crowd and all the rest would be like before then massive disadvantage, so it's completely normal."

With suggestions that Anfield may not be an option to play at, Klopp joked he was not bothered where his side play as they look for the two wins which will secure their first title in 30 years.

"I hope we have some home games, for us it's only four and then five away, so we will see where we play," he added.

"I play wherever you want, if it's on Mars, I don't care to be honest. But now we are here, and it looks like everyone will have home and away games, so it will be nice for us as well."

- TEAMtalk media

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