Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has made a plea to his former club over their new ticket pricing structure and explained why he walked out of Anfield on Saturday along with thousands of other fans in protest.
Last week, the Reds announced their ticket prices for next season which includes 200 seats for their six best games costing £77, something that Liverpool fans were furious with.
Carragher, along with another 10,000 fans, walked out in the 77th minute during the match against Sunderland and the former defender explained why.
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“I know the increase will not impact on me but I also know plenty about my city — £77 is too much to watch a game anywhere but that price is particularly over the top in Liverpool,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail.
The most expensive tickets will be situated in the brand new upper tier of the main stand which is currently being built. The club have defended the £77 by claiming that they will be in the best seats of the newest stand in the country.
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But Carragher feels that the ticket will only be an option for very few fans, pricing out the majority of Liverpool’s fan base.
“The club say that £77 gets you the best seat in the newest stand in the country but why should that be an elitist thing? Why can’t the normal working man have the chance to sit there? It isn’t fair,” he explained.
Carragher also admitted that he didn’t take satisfaction from walking out in protest but believes the images of thousands of fans leaving Anfield early would have affected the club’s owners.
“Walking out, though, wasn’t a nice experience,” he said.
“The pictures you will have seen were visually striking — and they struck a chord with Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners — but it wasn’t a happy atmosphere inside the stadium as fans argued with each other.”
If Liverpool’s owners had frozen ticket prices for next season, the club would make £37 million-per-season from ticket sales. However, with this proposed increase the club are set to make just £2 million more.
Carragher believes that £2 million for a club like Liverpool is nothing, but the extra money the fans are expected to pay is massive.
“All this for the sake of £2m for the ninth richest club in the world!” he said.
“That would not make the slightest difference when it comes to negotiating for a player. If Jurgen Klopp wants to sign someone and the asking price is £2m more than Liverpool expected, will they miss out on the player? No. But £2m back in the pockets of fans? That would be huge.”
“Liverpool have got this wrong,” he concluded.