Liverpool vs Man Utd to be played without fans after Merseyside moves into Tier 3 ending ALL English football crowds

FANS will once again be banned from ALL English football stadiums from tomorrow morning after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

Liverpool and Everton were the only remaining Premier League sides allowed to host supporters – until an announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock on Wednesday afternoon.

The entirety of England, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly, will wake up in either Tier 3 or 4 on New Year's Eve.

Only clubs inside Tier 2 areas are allowed a maximum of 2,000 fans inside grounds.

The East Midlands, North East and parts of the South Coast are among the regions entering Tier 4 restrictions – which now encompass almost 80 per cent of the population.

The move is one of many recent setbacks for football amid a sharp increase in cases across the country.

A number of games have been postponed in recent weeks due to outbreaks of the virus inside squads.

Tottenham's game with Fulham on Wednesday evening was called off only hours before kick-off after a spike of cases in the Cottagers camp.

Newcastle were forced to postpone a trip to Aston Villa earlier in December with Monday's game between Manchester City and Everton also cancelled.

Next month's hotly-anticipated North-West derby between the league leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United is just one fixture now taking place behind closed doors.

And some are calling for an extended break to minimise the disruption.

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