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Klopp: Lack of fans won't hit intensity of the matches


Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA


Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the spectacle of empty stadiums will not lessen the intensity when the Premier League resumes in June.

Top-flight players are returning to training this week and Liverpool have more reason than most for wanting the 2019-20 campaign to conclude as they need just two more wins to capture a first Premier League title.

And while Klopp acknowledged that keeping fans away from Anfield is far from ideal, he thinks the Bundesliga's restart proved that the competition and will to win isn't lessened by the absence of spectators.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss said: "The perfect package of football is a full, packed Anfield stadium, two really good teams, big fight, super goals and at the end Liverpool win.

"But Anfield will not be packed for a while, so that's what we have to accept. The competition will make the intensity.

Asked about his reaction to learning clubs would be allowed to train again, Klopp said: "I was over the moon. It will be intense, for the coaches especially because a lot of players in small groups means a lot of sessions, but we've had enough time to rest."

Verdict for City

Manchester City will discover before the start of next season if their appeal against a two-year European competition ban has been successful.

In February, UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found City had committed "serious breaches" of the financial fair play (FFP) regulations

The club's Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing has been listed for June 8-10, with the court's judgement expected to be announced at some point in July.