Rodgers welcomes police’s decision to allow Liverpool to win title at Anfield
Brendan Rodgers has welcomed signals that the authorities are to trust Liverpool supporters and allow the club to clinch the Premier League title at Anfield if the fixtures fall in their favour.
There had been suggestions that the club would be forced to play at a neutral ground when they seal their title triumph over fears that Liverpool supporters would mass outside the stadium.
But plans have changed and Rodgers, who led the club to the brink of the title six years ago, insisted that their fans should not be singled out and that Liverpool should be allowed to see out their season playing home games at Anfield.
‘There is no doubt that Liverpool will go on and win the title they deserve,’ said Rodgers. ‘They have been exceptional this year. It is a real, real shame that this whole pandemic has meant they won’t be able to do it in front of their supporters because they have waited so long to do it.
‘However, there has to be that trust in the supporters. If we are going to go to games home and away rather than neutral grounds, that is what the games should be. You get the opportunity to win it at home playing at Anfield, then absolutely great.
‘And then later down the line when all of this returns to some sort of normality, they can get the opportunity to share that moment with the supporters. And the same with Celtic in Scotland, by the way.’
It is possible Liverpool could seal the title away to Everton on Sunday, June 21 if Manchester City lose to Arsenal four days earlier. Liverpool’s next match is at home to Crystal Palace on the evening of June 24.
‘I’m not so sure whether the players will care too much about where they win it if there are no supporters there,’ said Rodgers. ‘I think you just want to win it.
‘If Anfield was packed to the rafters, then absolutely, that would be ideal. But in the current climate, I’m sure if you asked the Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp, they’ll win it anywhere as long as they win it.
‘They’ll certainly never forget what happened this season and the impact the coronavirus has had on society but you can’t say that Liverpool aren’t deserving of winning the title.
‘We have all earned the right to be where we are in the table. If the season continues and Liverpool win the league and we finish in the top four, then that’s where we deserve to finish.’
Liverpool ‘make Adama Traore move with Klopp desperate for unplayable star’
Liverpool are moving for Wolves’ Adama Traore.
The champions-elect have enquired about the 24-year-old Spaniard, who has made a huge impact at Molineux this season.
It represents a massive headache for Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who could also lose Mexican star striker Raul Jimenez to Manchester United.
A £100million cheque for the duo would be scant consolation as Wolves look to break into the top six.
Traore signed from Middlesbrough two years ago for £18m.
He would be tempted by the chance to become a part of Jurgen Klopp’s trophy-winning squad.
And the German has previously made no secret of his admiration for the ex-Barcelona kid, labelling him “unplayable”.
Reports in Italy that Wanderers could cash in on striker Jimenez for a reduced £18million fee are wide of the mark.
But Jimenez, Wolves’ record buy at £34million, is 29 and believed to be looking for one, last, big pay-day.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of the striker, who is looked after by agent Jorge Mendes.
And while Wolves are not in any desperate need for the cash, they are aware that both players will be tempted by the moves.
Wolves are still in the running for a Champions League place when the Premier League campaign resumes.
And securing a place at European football’s top table may well be vital in their bid to keep their key men.