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Liverpool

Mighty Liverpool dominated the English game from the 1960s through the 1980s, earning them a worldwide following. They are now back at the top, and Anfield remains a must-see stop on a groundhopping tour—if you can get in.

LOCATION: Liverpool is two and a half hours from London’s Euston station and just under an hour from Manchester Piccadilly.

CONTACT: liverpoolfc.com, 0151 264 2500, #LFC

NICKNAMES: The Reds

History

In all of England, only Manchester United has more to brag about than the Reds. But if you are younger than 40, you don’t remember when Liverpool was winning everything. You probably do remember the Ferguson years at United, so just imagine if after he retired, another one came along and did even better, then a former player became manager and…

Rivalries

Everton, of course, is a rival. The Merseyside derby, named for the local river, has had more players sent off than any other Premier League game, even though in the stands it’s known as the Friendly derby. They have played more than 230 times since 1894. But most Liverpool fans will tell you they hate Man United more. For one thing, the…

Women's Team

Liverpool FC Women won the second-tier Championship last season, so they are back in the Women’s Super League for this one. Home games are at Prenton Park in Maidenhead, also the home of Tranmere Rovers FC. See…

Songs

“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which comes before each game and occasionally during it, is certainly one of the most famous songs in world soccer. But it’s not their only one by a long shot. They have adapted an Irish folk song, “The Fields of Athenry,” into “The Fields of Anfield Road” with lyrics about LFC legends. There are more than a few about…

Stadium

Anfield is one of the palaces of English football, and to their credit, Liverpool in their ambition have not replaced it or ruined it with renovations. Capacity is 54,074 in four tightly packed stands. The most famous is the Spion Kop, one of many around the country named for a hill made famous in the Boer War in South Africa. This stand once…

Going to a Game at Anfield

GETTING THERE: Getting to Anfield from the main Lime Street station is pretty simple. Right outside the station you will see a sprawling bus stop area, and one of the first stops will be labeled as the Football Special. It should be bus 17 or 26. There will be stewards hanging around, and they will either sell you a ticket or show you the nearby…

Liverpool Tickets

As you might imagine, tickets are difficult. To begin with, the normal channels of buying a ticket from the club are not open to you unless you’ve been buying them for years, and if you’re reading this, we assume you haven’t been. This means you will need, at the very minimum, one membership (£27 to £44) for each ticket you will want. Even that probably won’t do it! It will get you into the ticket resale area of their website, but most of those are snapped up before mortals like us can get at them.

This leaves us with third parties and hospitality packages. Third parties are abundant and illegal, so you are taking your chances there. Hospitality can come from the club or one of their direct and indirect partners such as Groundhopper Guides. Plan to spend hundreds of dollars per ticket, even if it’s a lowly Cup game, and up to really scary numbers if they’re playing Man United or another big shot. But they have (and we sell) some wonderful hospitality options.

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