Liverpool and Everton will have to host home games behind closed doors again after the Liverpool City Region was placed into Tier 3 of Britain’s COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, both Premier League clubs said.

While league leader Liverpool play its next three games on the road, including an FA Cup tie at Aston Villa, the club said its next game at Anfield against title rival Manchester United on January 17 will now be held without spectators.

Everton will not be allowed to welcome fans on Friday when it hosts West Ham United, while its FA Cup third-round tie with Rotherham United on January 9 will also be behind closed doors.

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