Liverpool facing potential backlash from fans over Anfield stadium plans
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Liverpool could face backlash from fans over their reported plans for Anfield.
The Reds have endured a difficult season on and off the pitch. Jurgen Klopp’s side are readying themselves for a Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, hoping to overturn a 5-2 scoreline.
While their Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread, Liverpool’s Premier League form has also been inconsistent.
The club are languishing in sixth place, some six points from the top four, albeit with a game in hand over fourth-placed Tottenham, while they are out of both domestic cup competitions.
Liverpool have also been tumultuous off the pitch, with owners Fenway Sports Group seeking minority investment for the club.
Meanwhile, the Merseyside club’s sporting director Julian Ward is departing at the end of the season, with his replacement yet to have been announced.
According to a fresh Football Insider report, Liverpool are expected to fall short of general admission ticketing projections that were set out for the expanded Anfield Road end.
The publication claims the Reds will dedicate more tickets to hospitality seating than had been originally suggested for the rebuilt stand.
Indeed, plans published on the club’s official website before construction claimed that the 7000 additional seats would be made up of “around 5,200 general admission seats and around 1,800 seats with sports bar lounge/hospitality facilities”.
However, the true figure will allegedly include fewer general admission seats, with hospitality areas set to take up a higher share of tickets.
While the official numbers remain subject to approval from licensing authorities, Football Insider sources have claimed that by December the Reds are aiming for around 4,700 general admission seats, with around 2,000 reserved for hospitality.
Such news will likely result in a backlash from supporters, given there will reportedly be fewer affordable tickets than had been anticipated at a time when the club are rising ticket prices for the first time in nine years.
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