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Premier League fans' real opinions on Liverpool as new rivalry underlined

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A greater proportion of Manchester City supporters would prefer the season to be declared null and void than Manchester United fans, according to the results of the Great Football Lockdown Survey.

Reach PLC asked football fans across England and Wales for their thoughts on the 2019/20 campaign, with more than 14,000 people responding.



Across the board, 48% of fans believed that the season should resume, while 47.7% said it should not.



Of the Liverpool fans who responded - with Reds fans making up 17% of all the people who took the survey - 90% said the season should resume, with 8% saying it should not.



80% of Manchester City supporters and 76% of Everton supporters believed that the remaining league fixtures should not be played, showing the differences in opinion depending on which team the respondent supported.

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But last week, the Premier League decided June 17 would see the games resume, so Reds fans have no reason to worry.

If curtailment of the season was required for any reason, the most popular option for how to conclude the campaign, with 38% of the vote, was null and void. 36% of people would prefer a points-per-game system to be applied, while 26% said the standing should just be taken as they are.

In terms of null and void, 64% of Manchester City fans said that should be the method of concluding the season, while 62% of Manchester United fans said the same thing. For Everton fans, it was 66%.

The Premier League have already confirmed that 'null and void' is off the table, because of the financial implications linked with concluding the season.

June was the most popular month amongst fans for the restart with 27% of respondents saying that was the right time for football to come back. July received 14% of the vote, August 13%, September 19% and later than September 26%.

Fans generally were very much in favour of keeping relegation - 74% for, compared to 26% against. That is something set to be discussed at the next Premier League meeting to take place this week, but it is highly unlikely that relegation will be removed.

And fans overwhelmingly said they would support a player who wouldn’t play out of safety concerns. 87% said they’d support the player as opposed to just 8% who said they wouldn’t.

For Liverpool, 81% said they would support a player who wouldn’t play out of safety concerns, with 11% saying they would not.

Looking ahead to the future, the majority of Liverpool fans (78%) said that they would feel safe attending live football when spectators are allowed back into stadiums.

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When asked if they would pay extra to watch live coverage of games played behind closed doors 42% of Liverpool fans said no. That's compared to 34% who said yes for every game, and 24% who said yes but only on a game-by-game basis.

71% of Everton fans and 77% of Manchester City fans said they would not pay extra to watch coverage of matches behind closed doors.


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