Liverpool's Klopp wants City clash to be played in Manchester

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  • Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - June 21, 2020 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wearing a mask on the pitch before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Peter Powell/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Liverpool would prefer next week's away fixture against Manchester City to be held at the Etihad Stadium and not moved to a neutral venue due to the COVID-19 situation, manager Juergen Klopp has said.

Liverpool, who could potentially seal their first English league crown in 30 years against City next Thursday, are awaiting a decision from a safety advisory group on the venue.

"Honestly, I would prefer it is at Manchester, otherwise it would be really difficult to organise it," Klopp told reporters ahead of Wednesday's league clash against Crystal Palace.

Authorities could shift the game to a neutral venue due to concerns Liverpool fans might congregate outside the stadium to celebrate their success.

"I don't know how it would be but it would not be in Liverpool so it would mean we both have to go somewhere where we both need a hotel. That is the only issue," Klopp added.

"Apart from that we play where they send us to but I would prefer it in Manchester ... I'll wait until the final information is confirmed whether it is Manchester or not. It would be a challenge for both clubs."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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