Liverpool are ready to risk a backlash from supporters after deciding to install giant screens in order to hide training sessions.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Reds have been granted permission by the local authority to introduce the 15ft screens at Melwood, which will end the long-standing tradition of onlookers turning up at the training ground to watch and film the first-team being put through their paces.
There are currently a number of vantage points at which fans can position themselves to view the sessions, but the club’s request to Liverpool City Council to install retractable screens has been given the green light.
It remains to be seen how the Merseyside outfit’s passionate followers will react to the news, which comes just 48 hours after seeing their side lose to underdogs Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
This has been a season to forget for Brendan Rodgers’ side. The Northern Irishman is still yet to win a piece of silverware in his managerial career, and Liverpool face an uphill struggle to qualify for next season’s Champions League, as they are currently languishing in fifth position in the Premier League table.
Damaging defeats to rivals Manchester United and Arsenal seriously dented their chances of securing a top-four finish.