Supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly are to hold their second meeting with Liverpool this week as bridges continue to be rebuilt following the backlash to the club’s involvement in the failed Super League.
Last week SOS met with chief executive Billy Hogan and other officials and asked for two representatives to be introduced at board level to voice opinions on fan issues, a formal agreement to improve collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and for owners Fenway Sports Group and the club to collaborate with SOS to lead the reform agenda ahead of the forthcoming national fan-led review.
SOS also requested a commitment from FSG that any costs incurred in relation to their failed Super League involvement will be funded solely by the owners and not by the club, as the Kroenke family at Arsenal have pledged to do.
“The aim is to hear the club’s response to our requests and to make progress towards reaching agreement,” said a statement from the group.
Limited capacities will be allowed in grounds across the last two rounds of fixtures on May 18/19 and May 23 to allow each club to benefit from having supporters at one home game.
After Monday’s decision Everton can welcome back fans to Goodison Park for the visit of Wolves on May 19, with Anfield’s larger capacity meaning neighbours Liverpool can have 3,500 more supporters – 10,000 being the maximum allowed – for their final game of the season against Crystal Palace the following weekend.
Both clubs were the most recent in the Premier League to have supporters in their grounds as they benefited from the region being in Covid tier two in December when virtually the rest of the country was put into tier three.
Anfield hosted the last top-flight match in front of 2,000 fans on December 27, Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, before the city lost its tier two status and shortly afterwards the country went into lockdown again in January.