Everton ‘to set up makeshift dressing room cabins’ for Liverpool ahead of Merseyside derby

Everton are reportedly setting up two makeshift dressing rooms in their car park to accommodate Liverpool on Sunday.

The Toffees host their local rivals in the Merseyside derby in their first match of the resuming Premier League season.

And with the Reds on the cusp of a first league title in 30 years, they may end up celebrating their triumph in a car park behind the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand at Goodison Park.

Liverpool will be crowned champions if they win their match and Arsenal beat nearest rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.

Due to social distancing guidelines, Everton will use the home and away dressing rooms for their players and staff and set up the makeshift cabins for their visitors, according to The Sun.



The cabins will be set up behind the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand

The regulations also mean Liverpool are unlikely to emerge for the match from Goodison’s tunnel at the start of the match or use it at half-time or full-time.

Access from the cabins to the pitch is understood to be straightforward.

At older stadiums with less space, cabins have emerged as the Premier League’s solution to adhering to safety protocols as part of Project Restart.

Social distancing regulations mean that a dressing room must be 112 square metres if it is to host 25 players – but many top-flight grounds do not boast this much space.

They also mean Liverpool’s players and staff are unlikely to be able to celebrate as one group if they win the match, as they will be confined to separate cabins.

Everton were only given the green light from the council to host the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park last week amid fears that fans will gather outside the stadium.

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Merseyside Police have called for supporters to stay at home and their pleas have been echoed by managers Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti and stars from both teams.

If Manchester City do not lose to Arsenal, Liverpool will have to wait until at least their home clash with Crystal Palace next week to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.

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