After a League Cup campaign that has seen Liverpool drawn away in every round, the reds finally get a home game in the competion in January thanks to the two legged nature of the semi final.
However, the club’s allocation of tickets for the home game (the 2nd leg) has confounded many of the clubs fans – often for very different reasons.
The first group available for tickets are, quite rightly, season ticket holders who opted to join the Auto Cup scheme earlier this summer. No problems there – these fans committed themselves to attending the League Cup home games well in advance.
Next up is LFC members who have recorded at least 3 Premier League games this season, and then next up is the season ticket holders who elected not to join the Auto Cup scheme.
Our main gripe with the system is that it does not offer any reward for either members OR season ticket holders who have attended the games in this competition so far – people who have travelled up and down the country in the middle of the week to Exeter, Brighton, Stoke and London.
Whilst those fans are likely to be recognised for the away fixture – it seems a shame that fans committed to travelling to support the reds are not rewarded by being first in line for an Anfield ticket.
Some Season Ticket holders who have not been to a League Cup game, and have not joined the Auto Cup scheme are also upset – however this is a minor issue – as they had the opportunity to join the Auto Cup scheme ahead of any other fans of the club. Last year, only 300 season ticket holders not in the Auto Cup scheme decided to buy a ticket for the Northampton home game in the same competition last year.
We would propose the following system and hope the club decide to reward loyalty to those who have supported the club in to the semi finals and in last years shorter cup run.
1. ST holders who joined Auto Cup scheme.
2. Members/ST holders who have attended a League Cup game this season.
3. Members/ST holders who attended the Northampton game last year.
3. Members with x number of games.
4. ST holders who did not join Auto Cup scheme.
Next summer we anticipate that after ST holders have been offered the chance of joining the Auto Cup, a similar scheme will be offered to the club’s membership.
What are your thoughts on the club’s ticketing plan for the Man City home game?