'Let's hope the fans don't spoil it' - Exclusive: Phillips reacts to big Liverpool news

Kevin Phillips insisted the authorities have made the right choice in allowing Liverpool to travel to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby a week on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international claimed he would not watch the match if it was played at a neutral venue as it “would not feel right”.

The Premier League confirmed that the Merseyside derby will be played at Goodison Park on 21 June despite fears supporters will congregate outside the stadium.

If Manchester City lose to Arsenal on 17 June then the Reds could win the league title, their first in 30 years, against their rivals four days later.

Phillips urged fans not to gather on or around Stanley Park and was optimistic that they would heed the advice of the authorities.

“I think it is the right decision,” he told Football Insider. 

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“I was reading that it could have been played at Southampton! That would not feel right.

“It is going to feel weird enough watching a Merseyside derby in an empty stadium but to watch it in somebody else’s stadium – I do not even know if I would watch it. 

“So it is great news for everyone concerned at Everton and Liverpool.

“Let’s hope that the fans do not spoil it and congregate in Stanley Park and cause mischief.

“It is great news for the Premier League and both clubs.”

A statement from Reds supporters’ group, Spirit of Shankly, read: “Building on the community work both sets of fans continue to do throughout this pandemic, we are confident supporters will respect safety advice and avoid visiting stadia where games are taking place.

“We fully understand the importance of lockdown as a measure to control Covid-19 and encourage all fans to stay away from any stadium and avoid congregating in numbers.”