Graham Potter cannot wait to see fans back in the Premier League.

He hopes the return of 2,000 to some top-flight stadia will be the start of a rapid return to normality.

Albion will have supporters at the Amex when they host Southampton a week on Monday (8pm, Sky Sports).

It will be nine months to the day since fans last cheered the Seagulls in league action, at Wolves.

Albion can open at least some of the gates thanks to Sussex being placed in tier two as the country exits its second lockdown.

But the following Sunday’s fixture at Leicester City will be played behind closed doors as the venue is in tier three.

The Amex will remain closed to the public for the tenth and possibly last time in the Premier League when Liverpool visit tomorrow (12.30pm, BT Sport).

Potter believes the return of supporters will be an emotional moment.

Albion’s head coach said: “I have really missed the supporters.

“At first it was something you had to do, a bit of a novelty and you had to get your head around it.

“But then, as time goes on, you miss supporters so much, because through good or bad the supporters are incredibly important.”

Potter expects Albion fans successful in the ballot for tickets to come back more enthusiastic than ever.

He said: “I don’t think they’re fickle, they are always there to support the team.

“If the team aren’t doing too well though they get disappointed and that’s human nature.

“I am pretty sure that everyone who comes will with an enthusiasm to support the team because of what we have all been through.

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“It will be amazing and there will be fantastic atmospheres, quite emotional as well as we have come through a lot hopefully we can get back to normality soon.”