Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says 'good moment' to consider safe standing

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Klopp is Liverpool manager since October 2015.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, believes it is a good time to think about bringing in stadium safety standing.

Premier League and Championship clubs may apply for safe-standing areas as pilots starting in January 2022.

After the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that resulted in the deaths of 97 Liverpool supporters, standing in English football's top 2 divisions was made illegal.

Klopp stated, "I am pretty certain the people are now accountable enough to do it the right way."

"The stadiums look completely different from the times when truly sad, sad events occurred.

"The construction is unique, all these kinds of things. The idea is great and I am excited about the possibility of Anfield being a safer place.

"I would be surprised if it could even be better, but I'm open to that so let's go."

The Sports Ground Safety Authority has allowed clubs until October 6th to submit applications to be granted licensed areas. Once in use, the application will be evaluated by the SGSA.

The reasons why the Premier League changed it were valid and should be reconsidered. Klopp stated that after a long time it is a good time to think about how we can get back to where our previous selves."

"I'm fairly certain - I don’t know it actually – but I'm pretty certain that on the Kop people stand most of all the time anyway.

"It's good to talk about it again. That way, we might reintroduce the idea and test it again."

Dean Smith, Aston Villa's boss, was also asked about Friday's issue and stated that he hoped his club would implement safe standing.

He said, "If it has been given the go-ahead by the government, then hopefully it can be put into Villa Park."

"I believe it's a great idea. Spectators should always be able to choose whether they want to sit or stand during a game."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, was also hopeful that fans would soon be permitted to stand at Old Trafford.

He said, "I know the club is supportive, and we want to try that,"

"When you stand up, it's more passionate and emotionally charged, so I'm excited to see if that works out.