Kevin Sinfield cannot wait to have fans back in – citing Liverpool's home woes

KEVIN Sinfield believes Liverpool's Premier League home woes gave been the best advert for having fans in Super League grounds.

The first round of fixtures after the May 17 date set by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as lockdown is released sees Leeds face Hull at Headingley, which according to the rules could have 5,375 people inside.

And Rhinos director of rugby Sinfield believes even a reduced crowd can make a difference, highlighting Jurgen Klopp's side's struggles at Anfield.

He said: “It will make one. As we’ve seen in the Premier League this year particularly with a side like Liverpool, who were so dominant at home, absolutely missing that crowd.

“Crowds are vital to our sport, they’re a big part of who we are and even now, you know how close players are to the bloke on the street.

“And we’ve all missed that.

“I’m really hopeful it won’t be long before we have big crowds and everybody’s back in and can enjoy watching some rugby.

“We’re drawing plans up and our senior management team is all over it. We cannot wait to get even a few people in, let alone 5,000 or 10,000.

“Headingley is a very, very empty place without fans in. We’ve got that brand new stand and we’ve only used it on a couple of occasions.”

After the opening two rounds are behind closed doors, clubs will hold matches at home venues and Super League’s round seven is the first after May 17.

Salford are the first team to be sent to France to play Catalans Dragons, meaning unless rules change, players face a 10-day quarantine period on their return.

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