Liverpool have confirmed their plans for Anfield when fans are expected to return to stadiums in October.

The Reds’ first Premier League match at home next month doesn’t come until the latter stages of October.

After away games against Aston Villa and Everton either side of an international break, Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions host Sheffield United on October 24.

That date is subject to change as TV choices have only been announced for September so far.

But that weekend should see fans able to watch from inside Anfield for the first time since March, following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic this year.

Liverpool’s defence of the Premier League title kicks off on September 12 when newly promoted Leeds United visit Merseyside, and that game will be played behind closed doors.

Football fans should be back in Premier League stadiums like Anfield come October

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, though, the Reds confirmed on their official website : “It is expected that the opening fixtures of the new season will take place behind closed doors until at least October 1, 2020 at the earliest, with the likelihood that stadiums will initially operate at reduced capacity in line with social distancing measures when fans do return.

“This is subject to the successful completion of any pilot or test events.

“We have been working with our fan forums and made a number of changes to ease any concerns around tickets.

The end to Liverpool's title-winning campaign was played behind closed doors

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“These changes mean supporters will only pay for games they are able to attend rather than making upfront payments and, once government guidelines allow for people to return to stadiums, reassure those fans who may not want to attend matches straight away.”

Liverpool outlined the changes for fans ahead of the new season too.

The statement continued: “We will be temporarily suspending the renewal of season tickets for the 2020-21 season. Games will initially be sold on a match-by-match basis, with this to be reviewed before the end of the year. It is anticipated that season ticket renewals will return as normal for the 2021-22 season.

Liverpool beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield last season on January 2, prior to lockdown, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

“We will not be operating an auto cup scheme for any cup competitions in the 2020-21 season. Cup matches will also be sold on a game-by-game basis and the auto cup scheme will return for the 2021-22 season.

“There will be no credits accrued for games purchased in the 2020-21 season. Members tickets will continue to be sold based on game history from previous seasons but any purchases in 2020-21 will not carry any credit. Games sold in 2021-22 will utilise history accrued before the 2020-21 season.

“Further details for the purchase of seats by season ticket holders and qualifying official members will be issued once we have further clarification as to how the season will proceed.”