Liverpool reportedly in talks with rivals over friendly double-header

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Liverpool are reportedly negotiating a deal with Manchester United to play a double-header of friendlies ahead of next season to celebrate the return of fans.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are planning to play United at Old Trafford in July before then hosting the Red Devils at Anfield a month later.

The report claims Liverpool will not be playing any friendlies abroad this summer and will, instead, play games in England with crowds in attendance – assuming the Covid restrictions are lifted on June 21st as planned.

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It will be a truly special moment when Liverpool are allowed to welcome a full crowd of fans back to Anfield for the first time in what will be well over a year. The Reds have not been able to host a full house since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the first lockdown in England started in March 2020 – which led to the temporary suspension of the 2019/20 campaign.

Having the fans back in the Kop chanting away and, hopefully, celebrating some superb goals will be heartwarming to see. Even to see Manchester United fans enjoying their team play against Liverpool in the first friendly will be fun to watch, as it will give Liverpool fans a little teaser of what they will be able to enjoy in the second part of the double-header a month later.

Picture this: Liverpool are playing United in a friendly in August and Jordan Henderson scores a 20-yard volley straight into the top corner to win the match in the 93rd minute. Anfield erupts with noise and Henderson slides in front of the Kop to celebrate his teammates. Football is back.