Merseyside Derby decision expected this week

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A decision on whether or not the Everton-Liverpool Merseyside Derby will be played at Goodison Park is expected this week.

According to our partners at Sky Sports, documents are being reviewed about the possibility of playing Everton v Liverpool at Goodison on June 21.

Per Sky’s understanding, the decision will not be made until Friday at the earliest as Liverpool City Council’s safety advisory group didn’t received the documents until last Friday and need more time to read them.

When the schedule was released for the first three Matchweeks of the restart of the 2019-20 season, Everton v Liverpool and Man City v Liverpool were the only two games which had ‘Venue TBC’ written next to them. Initially it was planned for the 92 remaining Premier League games to be played in neutral stadiums this summer.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, head of the UK football policing unit, had previously worked with the government and the Premier League to put together a plan for potentially high-risk games where fans could congregate outside stadiums.

Given that Liverpool could win their first league title in over 30 years if Man City lose against Arsenal on June 17 and they beat their neighbors Everton on June 21, there are concerns about how fans will be kept safe.

However, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has now said he is happy for the game to be played in the City of Liverpool as he reversed his previous feelings that games should be played at neutral venues.

By the end of this week we will be one step closer to knowing if Liverpool could potentially win the Premier League at Everton.