Representatives from Everton and Liverpool supporter groups met with Club officials and Merseyside Police on Wednesday evening to discuss the forthcoming Merseyside derby (Saturday, 7 February. Kick-off 5.30pm).
The meeting has become the norm ahead of derby fixtures and is aimed to further improve communication between fans and authorities.
David Lewis, Everton’s Head of Security and Stadium Safety Officer, chaired the meeting.
He told evertontv: “It became apparent a few seasons ago that a lot of supporters didn’t know all about the planning that went into policing and stewarding a game. We all agreed that it would be good practice to get supporters involved in the planning process before derbies.
“That is what happened before the derby at Anfield in September and this meeting was always going to take place before this fixture because we really want to involve supporters in the planning.”
The meeting was attended by the Merseyside Police commander for the fixture, the disabled representative for the Liverpool Supporters Club, Anfield’s matchday safety officer, the chief steward from Anfield, the chairman of the Liverpool Supporters’ Association, members from Everton's Fans’ Forum, The Blue Union and the Spirit of Shankly as well as Goodison’s chief steward and staff from Everton’s Media & Communications team.
Lewis added: “Fans come up with good ideas and they can be easy to deliver for them. We can factor ideas into our planning to deliver a better feel for supporters inside the stadium.
“We all want the same thing, supporters want a pleasant experience, to feel safe and to go home safely having enjoyed a great game at Goodison. And that is what everybody seeks to achieve.”