Jurgen Klopp ‘enthusiastic’ about safe stand arrangement that could make the atmosphere at Anfield even better
Jurgen Klopp welcomes proposals to reintroduce safe standing on the ground in England, says it’s ‘good that we’re talking about it again’ and admits he’s ‘enthusiastic’ about how to improve the atmosphere at Anfield can make
- Standing on the ground in England’s top two has been banned since 1989
- Premier League and Championship clubs can request a secure status scheme
- “People are now responsible enough to do it the right way,” Klopp said
- If approved by SGSA, standing places can be introduced from January 2022
- Klopp believes standing safe will improve the atmosphere at Anfield even more
Jurgen Klopp welcomes proposals to reintroduce standing pitches in football pitches across England, suggesting the atmosphere could benefit greatly.
It was banned from being in England’s top two divisions based on recommendations in the Taylor Report, which investigated the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which killed 97 Liverpool fans.
As a result of the report, law since 1994 has required the top two divisions in England and Wales to have all seats.
However, the picture could change as early as next year following news that the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) has invited Premier League and Championship clubs to apply for safe driver positions from January 2022.
Standing on football pitches in the top two of England has been banned since 1989
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp believes being safe can make the atmosphere at Anfield even better
“I’m pretty sure people are responsible enough now to do it the right way,” Klopp said on Friday.
“The stadiums are completely different from the time when really sad, sad things happened.
‘The construction is different, things like that. I like the idea and I’m particularly excited about how much better the atmosphere at Anfield could be if we are in a safe position.
Liverpool is one of six Premier League clubs to have already installed track seating
The club is working to increase Anfield’s capacity to over 61,000 by the 2023-24 season
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“I’d be really surprised if it could be even better, but I’m open to that, so we’ll see.”
Liverpool is one of six Premier League clubs, along with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham, to have installed seats on their grounds.
A common feature in the Bundesliga is that the seats on the rails allow fans to stand or sit safely if they wish. The infrastructure is one of the safe-status models approved by the SGSA that campaigners have long fought for.
The SGSA has given Premier League and Championship clubs until October 6 to express their interest in having licensed pitches, which will then be evaluated once they are in use.
Klopp said the SGSA proposal was timely, especially as standing fans were a common occurrence on most Premier League grounds.
Grounds in the two top divisions in England and Wales have all been seats since 1994
Terraces across English grounds were phased out in the wake of the Taylor report
“The reasons why the Premier League changed were good reasons and things had to be reconsidered. Now, after quite a long time, I think it’s a good time to think about how we can get back to where we were,” the German added.
“I’m pretty sure – I don’t really know – but I’m pretty sure that the Kop is where those people are most of the time anyway.
“It’s a good thing we’re talking about it again, maybe introducing it again and really testing it again.”
News of the safe pilot project came the same week that Liverpool announced it will formally begin work to expand Anfield’s capacity to more than 61,000.
The expansion will add approximately 7,000 seats to the Anfield Road stand and the club expects it to be ready in time for the start of the 2023-24 campaign.
The Kop (pictured above) was redeveloped in 1994 and the capacity was reduced to 12,390