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Liverpool fans fume over potential Europa League final allocation

The Europa League final allocation has been a hot topic of discussion among Liverpool fans since they were given a favourable route to the final in Dublin in last week's Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draw. While nothing has been confirmed yet, the Daily Mail has reported this morning that less than half of the Aviva Stadium will be filled with supporters of the two club's who make the final.

The Aviva Stadium has a capacity of 51,700, which is on the smaller side for a host stadium, and according to reports, Liverpool fans expect a Europa League final allocation of around 13,000 should they make it past Atalanta and one of Marseille and Benfica in the semi-final. The same would be allocated to the opposing team which means half the stadium will be packed with sponsors and corporate hospitality.

The allocation wouldn't go down well with Liverpool fans as tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly given their large fanbase in Ireland. There are 27,000 season ticket holders at Anfield, all of which will be given priority to these tickets. It means that more than half of them will be left disappointed, not to mention the thousands of members and other supporters who would love to be there for what could be Jurgen Klopp's final game in charge of the Reds.

Europa League final allocation in Dublin
The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host the Europa League final at the end of May – Photo by Icon Sport

Liverpool fans react to small Europa League final allocation

Liverpool fans, who have been in the news in recent days amid tragedy chanting at Old Trafford, have responded poorly to the news of the small Europa League final allocation. Liverpool fansite, AnfieldWatch labelled the allocation “tiny” and “depressing” and these thoughts have been echoed elsewhere on the internet.

One Liverpool fan posted on the Daily Mail comments: “UEFA don’t have a leg to stand on. 13,000 tickets for fans is nothing like enough. Another added: “Wrong location for the final in the sense that the stadium is totally inadequate to host a final involving any teams let alone Liverpool should they get there.”

Other fans were quick to poke fun at Liverpool fans. One said: “Considering the majority of LFC fans are in Scandinavia and Asia I'm not sure there will be a problem.” A second added: “Awarding themselves a place in the Europa final now are they? The arrogance is astounding.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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