Why Red Star will have no fans at Anfield – and how that could set a record

Anfield promises to be a little more partisan than it usually is on Wednesday night as Liverpool welcome Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are bidding to go one better in the competition this season having been beaten finalists last time out, and are in fine form having won seven and drawn two of their nine Premier League matches to sit second in the table.

Their 1-0 defeat at Napoli last time out in the Champions League means that they’ll be desperate to get a victory against the group’s bottom side, and they are sure to be roared on by the home supporters.

Meanwhile, in the Anfield Road end there will be no visitors from Belgrade.

Red Star were banned from selling tickets to their fans for the first two away games of this season’s Champions League, with no visiting fans witnessing the 6-1 defeat to PSG in Paris earlier this month .

The punishment comes after fans of the Serbian champions caused disturbances, invaded the pitch and set off fireworks during the 2-2 draw in their qualifier at RB Salzburg in August which confirmed their place in the competition on away goals.

In addition to banning their fans from travelling, the club were also fined £26,824.

And the absence of Serbian fans means that Liverpool could well set a record for the most amount of Reds fans to have watched them in a European game.

Anfield’s highest European attendance to date is the 55,104 who watched the UEFA Cup semi-final second leg against Barcelona in 1976, but a few thousand of them had come from Catalonia.

Anfield has an official capacity of 54,074, and with no segregation required, it could well be that the ground is full to the brim with Reds supporters.

Liverpool’s official website says the game is sold out, but UEFA sometimes insist on some seats being left free due to safety issues.

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