The Spirit of Shankly supporters group has hit out at the Liverpool hierarchy after they announced plans to increase ticket prices for next season, with the group branding the move 'an insult to long standing supporters.'

Liverpool announced on Friday their plans to introduce a new six-tier system, which will see tickets for seats in certain parts of the ground rise by almost nine per cent.

Despite season ticket prices remaining the same price, and kids tickets available for £5 for certain games it is not enough for the Spirit of Shankly group, who feel the club have let down the long-standing supporters.

Speaking to The Independent the group said: "In the midst of austerity, with redundancies and cutbacks a daily reality for many supporters, these inflation-busting price rises are an insult to long-standing supporters who have already suffered a massive 716 per cent price rise since 1989. 

"Supporters in the Main Stand and Paddock endure facilities that survived the Shankly era redevelopment, with so-called "concourses" dating back to 1907, while the cramped seating in the Lower Centenary has been notorious since that structure was built as the Kemlyn Road stand in 1963.

"It is our guess that not one of Liverpool's multiple "owners" has ever watched a match from any of these seats and that none of them have ever availed themselves of the so-called "facilities" in the Paddock or Main Stand.

"If we are wrong, then more shame on them for believing £815 to £850 is fair price to pay for 'the product' on offer.

"While the announcement regarding Kop season tickets is a relief to many, it is our belief that ticket prices are already too high, pricing out many of those that kept the club on its feet during its darkest days."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre responded to the group and explained that ticket prices will reflect seat location and view of the pitch.

Ayre, explaining the changes, told "Over the past two years the club has given careful consideration to ticket prices and pricing structures in consultation with the Supporters Committee.

"Following last year's price freeze this year we have reviewed our overall stadium pricing structure and, similar to many other Premier League clubs, from next season we will also be introducing a multiple-tier pricing structure which will more accurately reflect seat location and view."

This season fans of other Premier League clubs have complained at ticket prices, with the cheapest Arsenal for a category A game costing £62. Fans have called upon the FA to become harder on clubs charging high prices for tickets while England's European counterparts are charged much less to watch their teams play.

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