Danny Mills insisted it is the right decision to stage the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park despite fears Liverpool fans will congregate outside the stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United right-back said football fans must be trusted but urged Reds and Leeds fans to heed advice and stay home.
The Merseyside derby will be played at Goodison Park this Sunday in a game that could see the Reds win their first league title in 30 years if Arsenal beat Manchester City tonight.
— LUFC Trust (@lufctrust) June 13, 2020
Leeds are in a similar boat with authorities concerned about fans turning up at Elland Road if the Championship leaders return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
The Leeds United Supporters Trust is urging fans to stay away, in part, out of respect for club legend Norman Hunter who passed away after contracting Covid-19 in April.
When asked by Football Insider if the Merseyside derby should have been held at a neutral venue, Mills said: “You have to trust football fans.
“The same has been talked about with Leeds fans and they have been asked to stay away from Elland Road out of respect for Norman Hunter who passed away because of Covid-19.
“Of course everyone wants to celebrate but lets be sensible and realistic in all of this.
“Liverpool fans would have travelled anywhere. It will always be accessible.
“Look how many fans travelled to Madrid last year for the Champions League final. They will find a way, as simple as that.”
"I can promise you, we will feel your support. We are still with you and you'll never walk alone" ❤️
How your support from home will be used as motivation during the final run-in ✊
A personal message from Jürgen Klopp… pic.twitter.com/YXnFIpEWEZ
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) June 16, 2020
Jurgen Klopp issued a rallying cry to fans yesterday urging them not to congregate outside Anfield or anyway away grounds for the remaining nine fixtures.
He said: “Stay safe, support us from home.”
In other Liverpool news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider one of two senior players will be binned this summer.