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John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge has joined the debate on the need for vaccine passports to be used to open up football to fans as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an exclusive video chat with sundayworld.com, Aldo has insisted measures need to be taken to ensure stadiums are not shut down to spectators once again.

"Some people can't have the vaccine and we have to get around that, but you need to be safe yourself and others also," Aldo told us.

"Safety wise, something needs to be introduced. If not the two jabs, then something down the line. Whether you have to get a test on the day of the game, like we do with travel.

"Football is nothing without fans. I couldn't watch a lot of games last year because it was horrible watching matches in empty stadiums. We can't go back to that."

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has an alternative view, as he he has insisted proof of vaccination should not be a requirement before you are allowed to attend a match when the new English season gets underway next month.

Neville subsequently ran a poll on his Twitter account that confirmed football fans are divided on the issue of vaccine passports to attend games.

All Covid restrictions were lifted in England on Monday, with clubs tentatively opening their doors to fans with reduced capacity for pre-season matches.

There is an expectation that stadiums could be full when the season gets underway, despite soaring Covid-19 infection rates in England.

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