Peter Crouch has spoken the truth about Liverpool's 16,000 allocation for CL final

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Liverpool are just 21 days away from a Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid.

With a 7-6 aggregative victory over AS Roma in mid-week, Liverpool fans have been booking flights and accommodation for the trip to Kiev. It's their opportunity to see the Reds play in their first Champions League final since 2007 and possibly bag their sixth European crown.

It promises to be a speculator occasion and one that Jurgen Klopp and co. will be looking to rise to when May 26 rolls around.

However, since qualifying for the final, Liverpool supporters were delivered some rather disappointing news.

It was revealed by UEFA that their allocation for the final would be just 16,626 seats, despite the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium holding as many as 70,000 supporters when full.

Liverpool given 16,626 tickets for final

In other words, Kopites have been handed just 23% of the stadium and not enough seats to even fill Plymouth Argyle's Home Park.

To say it's struck a nerve with Liverpool fans would be putting it mildly, even if it's a bridge too far for every Kopite to make the trip to Ukraine.

Amidst all the drama, though, Peter Crouch has talked some sense about the situation.

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Crouch drops an absolute truth bomb

Crouch played for Liverpool between 2005 and 2008, appearing in the 2007 Champions League final, and addressed the seat allocation news in his column for the Daily Mail.

The current Stoke City striker penned: "A figure of just over 16,000 for each clubs is a ridiculous allocation. Why can't UEFA give Liverpool and Real Madrid 32,000 tickets each and provide the remaining 6,000 to the corporates?

"I really don't like the fact some people in Kiev will potentially be seeing their first ever game at the expense of someone who has followed a team around for years.

"I know the corporate sector has a role to play in the modern game and I'm not saying they should be excluded, but devoting so many seats to them in showpiece occasions really doesn't help the atmosphere.

"It's like the people who buy season tickets for Wembley, the ones who turn up to England games and take ages to come back to their seats at the start of the second half.

"You know the real reason they have bought the tickets is so they can go and watch the Rolling Stones.

"When Liverpool last made the Champions League final, I remember the mess that was made of tickets for our game against AC Milan in Athens and it's clear they have not learned. These are global football clubs. The allocation they receive should reflect their status."


A round of applause for Peter Crouch, ladies and gentlemen.

Of course, UEFA are saddled with numerous obligations when it comes to local and corporate designations but by their own design and 16,000 will always look a pretty measly figure.

Any Liverpool fans who can't make the trip will still be tuning in with their fingers crossed, though.

If the Reds go all the way and win, you'll practically be able to hear those 16,000 cheering all the way from Kiev.

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