The Liverpool fans lucky enough to be in attendance at Anfield on Thursday were treated to one of the club's famous European nights.
It may have only been Europe's second tier competition, the Europa League, but the occasion was first class. Jurgen Klopp's men turned a 1-0 first-leg deficit on its head, smashing Villarreal 3-0 on the night to reach the final, where they will play Sevilla.
But many of those fans will not be able to travel with their beloved team to Basel, Switzerland, where Liverpool will play the final at St Jakob-Park, which holds just 37,500 people.
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As a result, UEFA have announced that Liverpool will be given an allocation of just 10,236 tickets to give to their fans, which means less than half of the club's 27,000 season ticket holders will get into the ground.
Around 17% of the tickets will be priced at £128, 25% at £85, 41% at £64 and the remaining 17% at £35.50. However, the cost is unlikely to come into the minds of the loyal Liverpool fans who will be desperate to see their team possibly win a trophy.
The breakdown of the allocation is:
- General supporter allocation – 47%
- Contractual supporter allocation; to include seasonal hospitality members and priority rights holders (former shareholders) – 41%
- Match day officials/first team players/former players/media – 10%
- Commercial partners – contractual obligations – 2%
To put that in context, it means general fans will get just under 5,000 of Liverpool's allocation. That's right, just 5,000 tickets for the fans.
Needless to say, reaction from the Liverpool faithful has been less than positive on social media with one fan describing the allocation as "insulting" while others are simply baffled with the decision to host a major European final in such a small stadium.
Here is the best of the reaction
Despite the measly ticket allocation, plenty of Liverpool fans are expected to travel to Basel in the hope of buying one outside the stadium or at least soaking up the atmosphere around the city.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp has suggested that as many as 100,000 Liverpool fans could be in the Swiss city when the game kicks off later this month.
"We go to Basel. We take, I don't know, 50, 60, 70,000 Liverpudlians with us. Not in the stadium, but in the city -- maybe 100,000," Klopp told BT Sport. "It is a nice city by the way, close to my home.
"Go there, create an atmosphere and let's do our best again. It's well deserved and we're really, really pleased with all the boys."
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