As the country continues to reopen following the most recent lockdown, football fans in England can begin to start thinking about when they will next be able to attend a match and cheer on their beloved club.
Liverpool’s final match of the season is against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday May 23, and supporters will be allowed at the game.
The 10,000 spectators who are permitted to attend the match will immediately top the total of 8,000 people who have been lucky enough to see the Reds in person this season.
There were 2,000 Kopites present at Anfield for the matches with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion, plus the same number of people were at Craven Cottage when Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 with Fulham.
At present, the Reds have played in front of more fans than any other Premier League team, with some clubs – Aston Villa, Leicester and Newcastle – having played their entire campaign behind closed doors.
However, Liverpool’s aggregate attendance home and away for the 2020/21 season will be even higher after Burnley announced their ticketing plans for their final home match of the campaign, which happens to be against the Reds.
It is the final game in a trio of consecutive away fixtures for Liverpool. They travel back to Old Trafford following last weekend’s postponement to face Manchester United on Thursday 13, before taking a trip to the west Midlands on the following Sunday to play West Bromwich Albion.
The clash at Turf Moor takes place on Wednesday 19 – making it the final midweek match of the season – and it has been revealed that 3,500 supporters will be present.
Unfortunately for Liverpool and their fans, everyone in attendance will be cheering for Sean Dyche’s Clarets side.
While that news will disappoint any Kopites who were hoping to make the 100 mile round trip to the match, there are aspects of the ticketing process which will gain the approval of all football fans.
Burnley have confirmed that tickets for the match will be free, with the club hoping that the season ticket holders who are lucky enough to be successful in the ballot will consider donating to charity to say thanks.
Clarets’ chairman Alan Pace explained further on the official Burnley website.
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“This fixture is opportunity to reward our loyal season ticket holders who have shown incredible support to the club throughout the pandemic,” he said.
“We have therefore decided to make tickets for this fixture free of charge. If supporters are able to, the club is encouraging successful applications in the ballot to consider making a donation to the NHS charities,” Pace added.
It’s a very classy touch from Burnley, and it will be interesting to see how many other Premier League clubs do something similar for their closing home match of the 2020/21 season.
But while Liverpool fans will no doubt applaud the gesture from the Clarets, they will be hoping their side can add to their record of five wins from six Premier League visits to Turf Moor so that the Reds finish a difficult campaign as strongly as they can.