Liverpool were recently involved in a feud with the owner of the club in respect to the prices of the games at Anfield. The walkout against Sunderland at Anfield saw the owners cut the prices down for the next season winning back the trust of their fan base.
Recently, FSG, the owners of the club were once again under scrutiny after the prices for the Europa league game in the next round was deemed high by the Anfield faithful.
After just scraping through the Round of 32 with a 1-0 victory over Augsburg, Liverpool were drawn with bitter rivals Manchester United in the next round and he Anfield club’s website announced a top price of £59 for the home leg — nearly double what they charged for Thursday’s win over Augsburg.
However, on Friday, they avoided a tussle once again with their fans after they apologized to the Anfield faithful in order to avoid another row. They hastily within hours of their announcement slashed the ticket prices to the £25-£35 range and claimed the original Category A pricing was a mistake that was ‘part of a fixed process’.
This price slash remains in line with a promise that the club made to offer cheaper admission to their games in the Europa League, regardless of the stature of their opponents.
This price factor almost ruined that whole rivalry between both the clubs but the decision by the board will now see the focus shift to the field with both clubs badly needing this tie to prove themselves.
It is a draw that has captured the imagination of fans all around the world and it is a game that is sure to produce some intense football.
Speaking recently after the draw, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed that it was a tie he was looking forward to and that he wanted to face Manchester United once again this season.
Klopp said, ‘My staff asked me, “Who do we want?”. I said Manchester United. Cool!
‘It gives us a chance to make it better and that is what we will try to do.’
United have beaten their rivals in all 4 previous meetings between the two sides but a European competition will be a completely different virtue.
The first leg of the tie will be played at Anfield at 8:05 pm BST while the second leg at Old Trafford is scheduled at 6:00 pm BST
The tie has grown on to be so popular that United have made a plea to the UEFA to have their fixture reverted to an 8:05 pm kick-off in order to ensure that all supporters can make it to the game.
Who do you think will come out triumphant from this two-legged Round of 16 Europa League tie?