Wolves at Home and the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket

Whilst not wanting to get too far ahead of ourselves, it’s hard to not have one eye on 12th May 2019. The final fixture of the Premier League season, now just over 3 months away. There is still a lot of football to be played between now and then but there’s significant hope and optimism amongst all reds supporters that this may finally be the year Liverpool lift the league title.

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Scottish footballer and player/manager of Liverpool, Kenny Dalglish holds up the First Division League Championship trophy after Liverpool beat Derby County 1-0 to finish top of the table and be declared champions of the 1989-90 Football League First Division at Anfield on 1st May 1990. (Photo by Professional Sport/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Unfortunately though, that prospect has suddenly turned the potentially historic occasions preparations and anticipation into a contest for who has a bigger wallet. With tout sites already commanding almost £6,000 for a ticket, you can guarantee that figure will rise as we get closer to the season’s climax with Liverpool remaining in pole position.

There is a common theme floating around with a number of regular match going supporters already asking friends around them to let them know of any spare tickets, genuine and face value due to a lack of success in November’s bulk sales and an increasing demand that shows no sign of abating with struggles in late members sales as well as an expected decrease in returns from Season Ticket Holders and sponsors.

This is stark contrast to Liverpool’s last title challenge of 2013/14 where the request for £6,000 for a ticket for the Newcastle game where again, bulk sale issues which saw a free for all over loyal members, led to a lot of discontent amongst the fanbase and ensured that all final home games required some form of previous loyalty to attend. On this day (28th January 2014), Everton were thrashed 4-0 at Anfield in a game where Daniel Sturridge could have completed a famous Merseyside Derby hat-trick only to scoop a penalty into the Kop.

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Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool reacts after missing a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

After that match Liverpool sat in 4th position, 6 points behind leaders Arsenal and then followed that up with a draw against West Bromwich Albion so at this point it didn’t look likely that Liverpool could end the wait, but a run of form catapulted Liverpool into title contenders and after the stunning 3-2 victory over Manchester City, ticket agencies then started to cash in requesting up to £10k for a pair of tickets which, quite frankly, is bonkers. But with the demand set to rise week-on-week, it is likely that the prices tickets could reach this year will be truly eye-watering.

For those supporters who are missing out, it really is a case of a hunt for the proverbial golden ticket. Scam artists will prey on people’s desire to go to a potentially historic day and entice them with tickets that don’t actually exist, whereas others will literally bleed people dry to test their resolve and how much they truly want to be in attendance at Anfield on that day. To get a genuine spare ticket at face value is literally going to be a golden ticket. There will still be a few that will come up, but they will be far between.

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