By G9ija

Liverpool have confirmed there will be a significant change for some supporters starting with this weekend’s friendly double-header

Liverpool have confirmed rail seats will be in use at Anfield for the forthcoming friendly double header against Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna.

The club have updated 1,800 seats at the back of the Kop as the first part of a season-long trial of seats with safety rails.

A further 6,000 seats in the Anfield Road Stand lower tier will be updated in time for the first Premier League home game against Burnley on August 21.

Liverpool announced in June they would be introducing rail seats for a trial period as they look to address the issue of persistent standing in certain areas of the stadium.

A number of supporters were invited to view the new installation during the week ahead of its first usage on Sunday afternoon for the visit of Athletic Bilbao.

Anfield will remain an all-seater stadium and the trialled areas with the new seats and rails are not ‘safe standing’ sections, the club have previously stressed.

A Liverpool statement said: “This trail of seats with safety rails will be in two areas of the stadium which were highlighted in a safety review by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) to have an issue with persistent standing.

“This trial in the Kop and Anfield Road lower tier is to ensure supporters’ safety in these high-risk areas.

“The seating being installed at Anfield includes normal stadium seats with an integrated safety rail behind them to avoid a crowd collapse. They will not impact the visibility of the pitch for supporters.