Liverpool fans were left unable to get to kick-off for the Premier League opener against Sunderland on time after a postal blunder, The Liverpool Echo reports.
The new season ticket cards were not posted out to Reds supporters in time for the 1-1 draw with the Black Cats and despite the club warning fans on their website in the run-up to the game, many missed most of the first half.
One fan said: “You pay nearly £800 a year for your ticket and turn up for the first match of the season to find your ticket does not get you into the ground. It was an absolute joke. Most people did have their new tickets, but they forgot to send mine and there were about 200 people in the same boat.”
“We missed most of the first half, including our goal. Even though the season ticket prices went up again this year, they still could not get it organised to get us into the ground on time. It showed a total lack of concern for fans who are at the heart of the club,” he added.
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Enrique settling in.
New Liverpool signing Jose Enrique believes that the quality of the Reds players will make it easy for him to settle quickly at Liverpool, lfc.tv reports.
Enrique made a promising start to his Anfield career in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday and after only one training session, he slotted easily into the back four. The Spaniard made a £5.5m switch from Newcastle this summer and believes that the calibre of his new teammates will help to make him a better player.
The 25-year-old said: “I am not 100%, because I have to train more with the team. I need to get to know everyone and they need to get to know me, but I was very happy to play and the atmosphere on Saturday was amazing. I think in the next few games, if I continue to play, it will be easy to understand players of this quality.”
Enrique was one of Newcastle’s key figures last season and will look to replicate his form for the Reds this coming season.
Future stars set to taste Anfield action.
Liverpool academy director Frank McParland believes that the NextGen Series will help Liverpool in the long-term, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Champions League-style tournament is used as a way of getting Under-19 players a taste of elite level competition and gets underway at Anfield tomorrow when Sporting Lisbon travel to Liverpool. The Reds are one of 16 clubs across Europe who have signed up for the competition and have been drawn with Sporting, German side Wolfsburg and Norwegian club Molde.
McParland is confident the matches will provide a great stage for development in the young players and they have a great chance of winning. The director said: “We’re delighted to be involved in it and it’s going to be a massive thing for our players to play in this tournament. We hope the fans will turn out in force to watch potential stars of the future.”
“These NextGen games will help the kids get used to playing at Anfield in front of decent crowds and against fantastic opposition. They’ll be playing against players of the same age, of the same level or better from different culutures and be up against different systems and formations. All of that will be great for their development,” McParland added.
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