Liverpool supporters wishing to welcome the team bus ahead of tonight’s clash with Man City are informed of a change of route along Arkles Lane.
Plans for a grand entrance for Jurgen Klopp‘s side are in place, with the manager saying: “For us it’s wonderful, it’s great, it shows everything. It shows the passion.”
A similar welcome was put in place ahead of the Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with Villarreal at Anfield in 2016, with the Reds overturning a one-goal deficit to win 3-1 on aggregate.
The influence of the atmosphere in and around the stadium is clear, but supporters have been issued a warning regarding an altered route:
@LFC v MCFC. Supporters are advised the team coaches are not taking their usual route past the King Harry pub. Due to building works and to ensure the safety of fans, they will instead travel along Arkles Lane, passing The Arkles pub before turning right onto Anfield Road.
— MerPol Liverpool FC (@MerPolLFC) April 4, 2018
“Supporters are advised the team coaches are not taking their usual route past the King Harry pub,” Merseyside Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
“Due to building works and to ensure the safety of fans, they will instead travel along Arkles Lane, passing The Arkles pub before turning right onto Anfield Road.”
This is a move supported by the club, who highlighted their stance in a statement on their official website:
“Ensuring the health and safety of our fans and visitors is at the forefront of all our procedures. The decision was therefore taken to redirect the team coaches via a new route following guidance from Merseyside Police.
“The club is working with the police and other key stakeholders to provide a safe environment for those supporters who wish to welcome the team ahead of the match against Manchester City.
“We have taken additional steps to make sure the area is as safe and secure as possible, whilst working with local residents to ensure that they remain unaffected by any potential fan activity.
“We ask that any supporters who do wish to gather to show their passion and support for the team, do so in a friendly, respectful and considerate manner.”