Liverpool announced on their official website on Monday night that the club’s Champions League group match against defending Eredivisie champions Ajax at home at Anfield on Tuesday night local time will go on as usual, but their Premier League away game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend will be postponed.
According to Liverpool’s official statement, since these two games fell during the national mourning of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the club will also follow the custom of lowering flags to half-mast at Anfield, all players and staff will also wear black armbands to show respect. The players and staff of the two teams will also conduct special condolence ceremonies before the game, and fans are also urged to observe a one-minute silence before the game against Ajax. The club’s social media logo will also be changed to black and white in condolences.
In addition, as the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be held this weekend, in order to avoid conflicts and because all police forces have been deployed to help ensure the State Funeral can be carried out smoothlu, in the case of insufficient policing personnel and that order could not be guaranteed, the game against Chelsea had to be postponed.
Liverpool is not the only Premier League club whose schedule has to be changed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral. Manchester United’s home game against Leeds United at Old Trafford over this weekend was also postponed due to the same problem. In addition, Brighton’s game against Crystal Palace at the Amex Community Stadium this weekend was postponed due to the same problem plus traffic congestion due to railway construction.
The late Queen Elizabeth II visited Anfield in 1993. On the occasion of the centenary of Liverpool’s establishment, she officially opened the Centennial Stand on behalf of the officials. The club’s then coach and many players were honoured by the Queen, including Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Gerard Houllier, Emlyn Hughes, Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard and active players including Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
The Queen also presented the FA Cup trophy to then-captain Ronnie Yates in Liverpool’s 1965 Wembley final victory against Leeds United, which saw Liverpool win the trophy for the first time.