Football has changed drastically this year. The Reds were running away with the Premier League title when we entered the new decade, then the footy stopped. When sport returned, fans didn’t. Not being there to watch one of the greatest Liverpool sides of recent times is tough for supporters but it is also tough for the players. Virgil van Dijk has admitted that playing without fans is impacting the squad.
Football without fans
The global health crisis forced a pause in play early on in the year.
Just when the Reds were running away with it, rocketing towards their first title in 30 years, it looked as though it was all going to be snatched away.
Thankfully the season resumed, albeit behind closed doors. The Reds lifted the Premier League trophy and fans watched on from home.
The new season has since started and fans are still not back with the pandemic still not defeated.
Virgil van Dijk on lack of fans
In an exclusive interview for Eddie Hearn’s new podcast No Passion No Point, Virgil van Dijk opened up on the impact the lack of fans in the stadium is having on the Liverpool squad:
“The fans can play a massive part in difficult times during games and also at good times in games,” insisted the Dutchman.
“When you concede the fans will lift you and when you score they make the opponent go further away from you. It’s the same case for everyone, but for us in particular everyone knows how difficult it is to play at Anfield with the fans behind us.
“Hopefully things can change as soon as possible because we need fans. It lifts our performances at home but when you play away and the home fans turn against you – I like that.
“It gives you that motivation sometimes to do better. It’s something I definitely enjoy and that I miss.”
What RTK has to say
It is obvious watching the team at the minute that the lack of fans is impacting them.
At Anfield they have made some sloppy errors, errors which they wouldn’t have made with the Kop roaring at them, urging them on.
Having your fans there watching you forces you to be more careful. It forces you to concentrate more.
Playing in front of empty stadiums can give the impression of the match being a training game.
As Big Virg points out, the fans don’t just aid the Reds but they also frighten the opposition, fingers crossed we’ll have the Kop back in intimidating voice by the New Year.