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Liverpool-Man Utd to be played without fans as COVID-19 cases rise in UK


#Liverpool’s table-topping clash with #Manchester #United in #January will be played behind closed doors at #Anfield after the UK government moved the #Liverpool region into #Tier 3 in the national coronavirus restrictions.

The change in #Liverpool’s status — the city had previously been in #Tier 2, but moved up due to an escalation in COVID-19 infections across the country — means that all #Premier #League fixtures will now be played without supporters present until further notice due to none of the 20 top-flight clubs being based in #Tier 2 areas, which allowed for 2,000 fans to attend sporting fixtures.

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#Liverpool and #Everton had been the only teams able to stage #Premier #League fixtures in front of fans since #London and large swathes of the south of #England were moved into #Tier 4 earlier this month.

#Everton’s encounter with #West #Ham at #Goodison #Park on #Jan. 1 will now be played behind closed doors, but the change in #Liverpool’s status means that the much-anticipated clash between #Jurgen #Klopp’s team and traditional rivals #United on #Jan. 17 will also be contested in front of empty stands.

#United’s 1-0 win against #Wolves at #Old #Trafford on #Tuesday moved #Ole #Gunnar #Solskjaer’s team into second place in the #Premier #League table — two points behind #Liverpool prior to the champions’ trip to #Newcastle on #Wednesday.

#Twenty-time champions #United will travel to #Anfield having gone unbeaten away from home in the #Premier #League since losing 2-0 at #Liverpool on #Jan. 19 this year.

#But barring a significant drop in the COVID-19 infection rate between now and #Jan. 13, when the tiers will be reviewed, the biggest game of the #Premier #League season so far will be played behind closed doors.



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