The 236th Merseyside derby can take place at Goodison Park after all, after Liverpool City Council’s safety advisory group met on Wednesday morning and approved a safety certificate for the stadium.
Anfield was also given the go-ahead, which means both Liverpool and Everton can play their remaining games on their own grounds without the need for neutral venues.
Liverpool could theoretically win their first title in 30 years at Everton on 21 June, which was why the national chief of football policing recommended a switch to a venue where supporters might not be quite as tempted to congregate and celebrate in defiance of social distancing rules.
As late as yesterday Southampton’s St Mary’s stadium was still being suggested as a possible venue, though once the Merseyside police and then Liverpool council threw their weight behind keeping the game local most objections were overcome.
The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson thanked both clubs for making it clear to supporters that their presence at or near the ground would not be welcome.