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Liverpool's Adrian: No 'You'll never walk alone' chant without fans if Premier League returns

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has said he does not want to hear the club's famous "You'll never walk alone" chant at Anfield if the Premier League resumes since fans will not be in the ground to sing it due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany's Bundesliga resumed on Saturday with games played behind closed doors under a strict health protocol. The Premier League could resume without fans in June after the British government set out a road map to emerge from coronavirus lockdown measures earlier this week.

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"It's going to be very strange and we will have to accept playing in Anfield without fans, without the 'You will never walk alone' although I hope they don't put it on the speaker," San Miguel told Onda Cero radio. "In the end we are professionals and we have to take that step forward and like everyone we have to adapt to the new reality."

Premier League clubs are hopeful of a June 8 restart in order to finish by the end of July and fit in with UEFA's European competition plans. For that to happen, teams must start training in groups from next week.

Premier League leaders Liverpool re-opened their training ground in Melwood for individual sessions last week under strict measures but expect to commence small group workouts from Tuesday.

"They [Liverpool] have told us that once we start training in small groups, which I expect will be from Tuesday or Wednesday, we will have to have two [coronavirus] tests a week and answer daily questionnaires," Adrian added.

"I hope we can start training in small groups as soon as possible as to train alone is difficult.

"I haven't seen Jurgen [Klopp at the training ground] but I imagine he is monitoring everything with cameras. He is very charismatic. You miss in training the closeness that he has with players."

Sources told ESPN earlier this month that some players have raised concerns of resuming play during the pandemic but Adrian said he is not one of them.

"I have no fear," he added. "It's obvious that we all have families. We want to give our contribution and to resume the competition. I had a test done 10 days ago and it was negative and the club is now offering to do tests to our family members that live with us, which is good that the club is concerned about them just as they are about us."

"We [Liverpool] were four points away from winning the Premier League and the season came to a halt, and it came at a time when we experienced a painful episode of being eliminated [by Atletico Madrid] from the Champions League.

"But we can't forget the season we have had since August, we are 25 points clear of Manchester City which is a lot. We are very eager to clinch the much-desired Premier League title."