As the title race heats up this season Liverpool fans pay the price as touts cash in for as much as £26,000 on the black market, according to the Mirror.
Liverpool face Newcastle United on the last match of the season at Anfield in a game which, appears imperative for Liverpool to win should they stand any chance of winning the title for the first time since 1989. After the defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, Liverpool have found their solid two handed grip on the trophy slip. Manchester City are now only three points behind the Merseyside club, with a game in hand and a plus eight goal difference on the Reds, which makes the title effectively their's to lose.
However, there still remains an air of increasing excitement around Anfield. Fans remain confident in their team - and a club that has waited so long for a Premier League trophy.
Eager Liverpudlians vie and fight for a ticket to that final game, hoping with all their heart that they see Steven Gerrard lift the elusive silverware into the air on May 11. Touts have taken full advantage.
In a report by the Mirror, it is suggested that touts have been selling tickets for as much as £26,000 a pair, with investigations showing that many have purchased tickets from away fans for as much as £300 to sell on for profit. James Mckenna, spokesman for a Liverpool supporters group, has called for the football authorities to take action against such an illegal practice.
Whether this is possible is questionable.
Sadly touting has always plagued football but in recent times the internet has allowed for an incredible price boost. Ultimately, this saw tickets for Sunday's game against Chelsea reach £10,000 a pair, with a pair for Newcastle being as high as £26,480 on the website 1st4footballtickets.
Although Liverpool Football Club have commented on their fight against a transfer of match day tickets, stating that they fully support the investigations into illegal ticket sales, it still remains near impossible for any club to enforce any sanctions on this.
What is clear though is that those who travel to Anfield on May 11 have the chance to witness something special - they also have the chance to have their hearts broken. The title race has been a merry-go-round of possibilities this season. With each game comes a new force in control, a new club which finds themselves moving ever closer, getting that tighter grip on the trophy.
In a few weeks we will know, the season will come to a close and any of Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City may just find themselves requiring a new space in their trophy cabinet.
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