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Want to See a Liverpool FC Game? How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Watch The Reds

Liverpool FC is one of the titans of the English Premier League, and legions of the club’s fans worldwide make the pilgrimage to see their team play at Anfield every year. Thinking about joining them? I can’t recommend this highly enough: seeing “The Reds” play on their home turf is an unforgettable experience – and one that can be tied in with seeing the sights of the city of Liverpool itself.

Traveling for sports may seem a little overwhelming, but don’t worry – I’ve got the guide you need to help with everything from how to get match day tickets to where to stay in the city and the best pubs to visit for a pre-or post-game beer. Ready? Let’s get going.

Liverpool FC 101

Liverpool FC was founded in 1892 and has played all its home games at Anfield since. The team’s nickname, The Reds, comes from their all-red home strip, while its traditional rivals and fellow Liverpool club, Everton FC, are commonly referred to as The Blues. 

The team is a formidable side; it’s achieved more points and top-flight wins than any other team in the whole of England. Not to mention the fact that Liverpool FC is the UK’s most successful club on the international stage, having bagged the European Cup/UEFA Champions League six times. In 2019 The Reds became the very first English club to win the international treble, comprised of the Champions League, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Club. Convinced yet that traveling to see a Liverpool FC game is a great idea? The icing on the cake may be that you’ll have the chance to see world-class players such as Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold ply their trade on the pitch.

How Do I Buy Tickets to See a Liverpool FC Match?

As you’d expect from such a popular team, tickets to see a Liverpool FC game at Anfield are liable to sell out, so buying as early as possible is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Anfield may have a capacity of nearly 61,000, but The Reds have literally millions of fans worldwide, many of whom are keen to make the trip to Liverpool to watch their beloved team play live.

There are two main ways to get tickets to see Liverpool FC play at Anfield. The first is directly via the club’s official website (this is the recommended option) or, secondly, via a third-party platform or seller.

Buying Liverpool FC Tickets from the Club

Head to Liverpool FC’s official website to view and purchase tickets for available games. Consider signing up to become a club member to get priority access to tickets. Given that most fixtures sell out relatively early, this could be a good option to ensure you get the tickets you want. Liverpool FC members can also access the club’s ticketing exchange platform, which can be a way to get hold of tickets for games that are otherwise sold out.

What can you expect to pay for a ticket? It obviously depends on where you wish to be in the stadium and the match itself, but, in general, you’ll pay between around £10 to £60 per ticket, which equates to around €12 to €70.

Buying Tickets to See Liverpool FC From a Third-Party Site

While many people choose to go down this route to purchase their Liverpool FC tickets, it’s important to proceed with extreme caution to avoid getting scammed or inadvertently ending up with an invalid ticket. It’s crucial to be certain that the third-party site is a legit, trusted entity and, if you’re in any doubt, give it a miss rather than risk losing your money.

If you’re considering trying to purchase a ticket from a tout outside the stadium on match day, be aware that this isn’t an advisable option. As well as the high probability that you may not be able to secure tickets at all, there’s also a major risk of falling foul of a scam.

Top Places to Stay When Traveling to a Liverpool FC Match

Now, on to the next part of planning your epic traveling for a sports trip: sorting out accommodation. The good news is that there are plenty of great options close to Anfield, and I’ve rounded these up for you below.

Hotel TIA (This Is Anfield)

Stay here and you’ll be able to walk to Anfield in about five minutes: it’s literally just around the corner from The Reds’ home ground. As you’ll have guessed from the name, the Hotel TIA is all about Liverpool FC, and the friendly staff will be happy to arrange hospitality packages at the venue, stadium tours, and match day experiences for you.

Phoenix Hotel

Less than a mile from Anfield, the boutique Phoenix Hotel is a stone’s throw away from many of Liverpool’s sights and attractions and boasts a range of amenities, including a bar, accessible rooms, free parking, and a delicious breakfast. Football fans will appreciate the many nods to Liverpool FC in the establishment’s decor!

Frames Hotel

Another accommodation less than a mile from Anfield, Frames Hotels is an affordable option for those visiting the city to catch a football match. The recently refurbished rooms are pleasant and spacious, and you can enjoy a beer in the friendly bar at the end of an exciting day spent cheering in the stands.

Getting to Anfield: Top Transportation Tips

It’s important to plan how you’ll get to Anfield before heading off on your travels for a sports adventure. This will help ensure your visit runs as smoothly as possible and avoid last-minute stress on match day. Unless you’ll be staying super close to Anfield (in one of the hotels above, perhaps), then public transport is definitely the best way to get to the venue.

From Liverpool city centre, catch the 917 bus from Commutation Row, which will drop you off at Anfield stadium and takes around fifteen minutes to complete the journey. When Premier League and Cup matches are on, the Soccerbus is also available, ferrying fans to Anfield from Sandhills Station (on the Merseyrail northern line). This bus runs regularly from two hours before the match, with the last bus running around fifteen minutes before kickoff.

If you’ll be traveling by train from outside of Liverpool, then you’ll be coming into Lime Street Railway Station, which is just two miles from Anfield. Taxis are available from the station. For those traveling to the stadium from within the Liverpool area, regular services come into the city from Chester, Ellesmere Port, New Brighton and West Kirby on the Wirral Line, and Ormskirk, Southport, Kirkby, and Hunt’s Cross on the Northern Line.

While there is car parking at Anfield, spaces are extremely limited, and these must be booked and paid for in advance. No parking spaces will be available for purchase on match day itself.

The Best Places to Enjoy a Drink Before or After a Liverpool FC Game

For many fans, enjoying a drink before or after the game (or both!) is a fun part of match day. And you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great bars and pubs within walking distance of Anfield. Wondering which to opt for? I’ve done the legwork for you! All are within a ten-minute walk from the stadium.

  • The Albert lives and breathes Liverpool FC history, with team memorabilia festooning walls, ceilings, and just about every available surface. If you fancy drinking a pint in the company of other fans and singing some classic football songs together, this is the place to head.
  • The Sandon pub is a legendary part of The Reds’ history: the club was actually founded here. There’s a great atmosphere, especially post-match, and regular disco nights are a chance to continue the celebrations if the game goes the right way.
  • The Park Pub is just outside the stadium itself, so if you’re lucky enough to bag a window seat you can enjoy a drink with a great view of the venue. The establishment is welcoming and lively, and particularly family-friendly.
  • Taggy’s Bar and Beer Garden is a family-run pub that is entirely themed around Liverpool FC – even down to the turnstile, seats from the old main stands, and players’ jerseys hanging on the wall.

Must-See Attractions to Experience in Liverpool Before and After the Match

Liverpool is an exciting, dynamic, and proud city, rich in history and culture, and building some time into your football itinerary to see some of its most famous sights is a must. Ideally, spend a few days here to take full advantage of everything Liverpool has to offer.

Take a Tour of Anfield Stadium

As well as catching a Liverpool FC match at Anfield, why not enjoy a tour of the stadium, too? There are plenty of tour options, so you can choose the one that best suits your group. Pass through the players’ tunnel to the pitch, peek into the dressing rooms, and admire the memorabilia and artefacts from the club’s amazing history.

Experience the Beatles

You can’t mention Liverpool without also mentioning the city’s most famous sons: The Beatles. Take a tour that includes destinations such as Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, and the Cavern Club, visit The Beatles Shop, and take a trip to 20 Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney’s childhood home and the place where the band wrote many of their early songs.

Check out the Art at Tate Liverpool

Liverpool has long enjoyed an eclectic art scene, so why not take a trip to the Tate when you’re in the city? Here, you can explore art from the 16th century to the present day, taking in pieces by artists including David Hockney, Paula Rigo, Linder, Marcel Duchamp, and Sarah Lucas.

Stroll Around the Royal Albert Dock

No visit to Liverpool would be complete without a trip to the historic and beautifully restored Royal Albert Dock. As well as marveling at the wonderful architecture and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, you’ll find a fantastic range of shops, bars, and opportunities for shopping and riverside dining here.

Start Planning Your Trip to See a Liverpool FC Game Today!

Traveling for sports excursions doesn’t get much more exciting than a visit to see the mighty Liverpool FC play live at the team’s home stadium of Anfield. If this has been on your bucket list for a while, but you’ve not been sure how to plan such an adventure, you can use this guide to get started on the road to Anfield. Literally! From purchasing match tickets to finding the best places to stay, eat, drink, and see, you’ve now got all the information you need to make your Liverpool FC dream a reality.