Liverpool v Manchester City: Tickets selling for over £1,000 for crucial Premier League meeting
The match this Sunday will be pivotal in deciding where the Premier League title ends up
Liverpool v Manchester City at Anfield this weekend is the hottest ticket in town - and also the most expensive.
The result of the Premier League encounter between two of the three sides in contention to win the title is likely to have a major influence in deciding who replaced Manchester United as champions.
While City might have won the title in 2012, for Liverpool the wait is much longer. It's been 24 years since Anfield was able to celebrate winning the league and it would seem fans desperate to witness what could be a new chapter in the club's history to match the old are being exploited on ticket exchange websites.
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A ticket for the match is being sold on one site for a staggering £1,187.50. The seat in the lower tier of Centenary Stand would normally cost £52.
Meanwhile, a pair of seats in the Kop are being sold on livefootballtickets.com for £1,092.50. A description that comes with the tickets promises: "Hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from the heart of the Kop spine tingling once in a lifetime moment for any fan". A season ticket in the stand behind the goal costs £710.
The livetickets.com website does not set the price for tickets themselves, but provides a forum for fans to exchange tickets with the prices set by the seller. Although the prices of the ticket's for Saturday's match are exorbitant, the demand to see the game means they are likely to sell.
However, a spokesperson for the Spirit of Shankly supporters group hit out at the prices.
"Fans are being charged well over the odds for a ticket and it's disgraceful. Supporters want to go along and support both sides and it should never be a question of only those who can afford it," they told the Liverpool Echo.
"We call on Liverpool Football Club to try to take action on this. Those who charge such extortionate amounts should be found and challenged.
"These aren't just touts outside the ground, these are on websites. Why can't the authorities, or Liverpool, buy one and find out who it originally belongs to? If they're going to tackle it properly, they need to take action and get to the bottom of this."
The match, which will kick off seven minutes late as a mark of respect for the 25th Hillsborough anniversary, is understood to have sold out within a minute of going on general sale earlier this year.
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