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Your ultimate LFC fans guide to a Liverpool FC match day

31/01/2020

LFC Fans, this is for you! It’s one of the most famous stadiums in the world and visiting Anfield is a special experience for all Reds.


With thousands heading in the same direction, You’ll Never Walk Alone to a match at the redeveloped stadium which has stood at the side of Stanley Park since 1884, but if you do decide ‘allez allez allez’ there’s a few things it could help to know.

So whether you’re a season ticket holder or first-time visitor to the home of Liverpool FC, here’s how to make the most of your trip.

Getting there

By Train

Lime Street Railway Station is the city’s mainline station for regional and national journeys and is two miles from Anfield. LFC has a dedicated matchday team based there from four and half hours before kick-off to help direct fans to the most convenient transport services, including buses going straight to the ground.

Merseyrail operates regular services across 68 stations throughout Merseyside. The nearest train station to Anfield is Sandhills. It’s run by the Merseyrail Network, and it’s on the northern line linking to Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby, Liverpool Central and Moorfields. From here you can either walk to the ground and it will take you around 25 minutes, or you can take the SoccerBus Service.

Plan your journey here on the Merseyrail website.

By SoccerBus

On matchdays for Premier League, cup games and European ties, Merseytravel runs a SoccerBus from Sandhills station for about three hours prior to each game.

The last bus sets off about 15 minutes before kick-off. Return buses to Sandhills run for 90 minutes after the final whistle. Tickets bought with a rail ticket cost £3.30 (adult return), £1.90 (adult single), £1.75 (child return), £1.00 (child single), or pay on the bus only £3.80 (adult return), £2.30 (adult single), £2.00 (child return), £1.30 (child single).

SoccerBus is FREE to anyone with a valid Trio, Solo and Saveaway ticket or concessionary travel pass.

Follow Soccer Bus on Twitter for regular updates.

By bus

Take the 917 express bus service running directly from Liverpool city centre (St John’s Lane) to Anfield every 10 minutes. There is a discounted ticket on the 917 express bus service, with fans receiving a discount on soft drinks at LFC kiosks within the stadium on presentation of their return ticket.

From Liverpool city centre, fans can also take the 26 or 27 from Liverpool ONE bus station, or the 17 from Queen Square bus station directly to the ground. The stops for 68/168, which operates between Bootle and Aigburth, and the 14 and 19 (from Queen Square) are also a short walk away from the ground.

The 501 football service is also available post-match and operates direct to Lime Street Station from Walton Lane for up to two hours after the final whistle. Adult fares are £2, children £1.

LFC fan support teams are based at Lime Street Station, and Liverpool ONE and Queen Square bus stations to assist fans.

Plan your journey here with Arriva.

By Car

If you are travelling to Anfield by car you’ll need the Sat Nav code which is L4 0TH.

From the North, exit M6 Junction 23 and follow Liverpool (A580) signs into Walton Hall Avenue, pass Stanley Park and turn left into Anfield Road.

From the South & East, take M62 to end of the motorway then turn right under flyover into Queen’s Drive (A5058), turn left (3 miles) into Utting Avenue. Continue into Arkles Lane. Turn right into Anfield Road.

From North Wales, take Mersey Tunnel into City Centre and follow signs to Preston into Walton Hall Avenue, turn right into Anfield Road before Stanley Park.

Parking

Anfield is in a busy residential area, and parking around the ground is restricted on matchdays. If you’re early enough you’ll find spaces in some of the streets around Anfield, although many areas are residents only.

There are also road closures around the ground: Anfield Road closes around four hours prior to kick off; Walton Breck Road will close 90 minutes prior to kick off and will then re-open 15 minutes after kick-off. The road will then remain open until 15 minutes before the end of the game and close for around 45 minutes after.

Car parks include:

St Domingo Car Park off Walton Breck Road (L5 0RS); Stanley Park on Priory Road (L4 2SL) and The Dockers Club in Townsend Lane (L6 0BB).

JustPark is a great website and app which can help you rent a space on someone’s drive – www.justpark.com; and you can also look to www.yourparkspace.co.uk for more of the same.

Fan Zones

Liverpool FC’s Fan Zones open four hours before kick-off on a matchday and are a great place for home and visiting supporters to meet before the game and soak up the atmosphere.

There are two Fan Zones every matchday, Fan Zone Paisley Square, off Walton Breck Road, and the Family Park which is located on Anfield Road. There’s live entertainment and activities, exclusive content on big screens, food and drinks and merchandise to set you up for the match.

You can meet the Club’s official mascot Mighty Red at the Family Park before the game, and get a photo with the famous Liver Bird or get his signature before you go into the ground.

Get following!

There are tonnes of incredible LFC fan sites and news platforms you need to be following in our city and The Anfield Wrap is up there for us as a must-follow for any Liverpool FC fan.

We spoke to Neil Atkinson, Content Manager of The Anfield Wrap about the platform and this season for the reds:

“We’re spending the season telling the story of this fabulous football team from the heart of this fabulous city. We’re writing about it, talking about it and filming it. We have our new app and put out 14 audio and 12 videos a week most weeks. Anything you need you can get with us.

LFC TV is a subscription only channel which brings you exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Club and live news from Melwood, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Visit The Anfield Wrap website for all of the latest content here.

The Liverpool Echo are famed for their coverage of The Reds, bringing you live transfer and team news, plus all the action from the games as it happens. @LivEchoLFC

Then the likes of The Red Men TV, Anfield Edition and the mighty This is Anfield are also up there with providing fans with the latest news, as well as video, podcast and written reaction.

Pubs

There’s no shortage of pubs around the ground promising a warm welcome, a fair bit of banter and a good pint!

The Arkles in Anfield Road (pictured above) is a good place to start offering a ‘friendly atmosphere for home and visiting fans’; as is The Sandon Hotel in Oakfield Road which loads of fans reckon has a ‘good atmosphere’ and doesn’t get too crowded and, of course, it’s where the club was founded which offers added interest. Good prices and super-efficient staff mean it scores highly, along with the fact that it’s just a short walk from the ground.

The Flat Iron in Walton Breck Road fills up with fans before and after the game without fail and gets rousing approval from fans for its cleanliness, atmosphere, great staff and a decent, well-priced drink.

Food

If you fancy sinking your teeth into a pie you’ll find it hard to beat Homebaked, a great non-profit community bakery across the street from The Kop. They do a great range of sandwiches, baked potatoes and – a popular speciality – pies including one named after Shankly himself! As they say: “Homebaked has a special atmosphere pre and post-game and (we) sell thousands of pies, sausage rolls, cakes, teas and coffees to fans…a trip to Homebaked is now a match-day ritual.”

The Sing Fong chippy in Walton Breck Road is a favourite and their salt and pepper chips get regular recommendations from satisfied supporters and, still in Walton Breck Road, the Georgie Porgy Café is one of the best bets for a good breakfast before a game.

Souvenirs

You can find souvenirs and all LFC merchandise in the Fan Zones around the stadium on match days.

Alternatively go to either of the LFC Official Club Stores. Website here.

Independent retailer Hat, Scarf or a Badge on Walton Breck Road is a favourite with fans and former players alike for their LFC inspired clobber.

St John’s Shopping Centre, Williamson Square, open 9am – 5.30pm (except Sunday: 10am – 4pm).

Liverpool ONE, open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 7pm, and Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Stadium store, open 9am – 5.30pm (except Sunday: 10am – 4pm).

Where to stay

Hotel TIA

If you’re coming to a match from outside the city, or if you just want to make a weekend of it, then there are plenty of excellent hotels and serviced apartments to choose from, either in the city centre or near the ground.

For a full-on fan experience, you’ll find a couple within walking distance of the Kop which are Red through and through. Hotel TIA (This Is Anfield) on Anfield Road is totally footy-focused and like staying at an extended ‘family’ home – one which has signed shirts on the walls and bedside tables made out of old stand seats.

Visit the website here.

The Sandon Hotel

The Sandon Hotel isn’t just a great meet-up for pre and post-game drinks, you can stay there too. The birthplace of LFC has a choice of suites (including bridal) and a family room if you’re bringing the kids.

Book your room here.

Shanky Hotel

For a stay in the city centre, The Shankly on Victoria Street is an obvious choice, dedicated to the great man and packed with memorabilia loaned by the legendary Reds boss’s family.

More info here.

Holiday Inn, Lime Street

The Holiday Inn Lime Street is an award-winner, perfectly located opposite the station for anyone arriving by train and a great bar and restaurant that overlooks Lime Street.

Book here.

Lock & Key, Duke Street

For somewhere independent, Lock & Key on Duke Street is a highly-rated, stylish boutique hotel, set in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse near to the Liverpool ONE shopping district and a firm favourite for LFC fans.

Book here.

Hotel Indigo, Chapel Street

Just a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront, Hotel Indigo has lots of contemporary décor touches and a Marco Pierre White restaurant famous for its incredible steaks and great breakfasts.

More info here.

Where to party before, or after the match

A BOSS Night

Because you’ll be looking for somewhere to celebrate once the whistle goes, or get warmed up before the game, it’s important to know the best places for a fun night out.

From the team behind LFC fanzine BOSS mag, BOSS nights – and afternoon BOSS Kids events for under 18s – have Reds supporting special guests, live music and DJs, usually at the Eventim Olympia or Camp & Furnace. They’ll often include live screenings for big matches, especially European ones and are announced on Twitter @aBOSSNight.

Jurgen’s Bierhaus, The Strand

Jurgen’s Bierhaus on The Strand doesn’t just have one of the best waterfront locations, right opposite the Three Graces, it’s also got a big screen so if you’re not actually going to the match, you can still watch it surrounded by all things Red.

More info here.

Doctor Duncan's, Queen Square

Doctor Duncan’s in Queen Square is one of the best-known pubs in Liverpool, and it’s also got one of the most impressive interiors – dating back to 1901, it still has its original fabulous tiled interior, well worth a look while you get the craft beers in. It’s also handy for the bus from Queen Square to Anfield.

Visit the website here.

Popworld

What happens in Popworld stays in Popworld, that’s the rule. Want a night out with a heavy helping of cheese? This Hanover Street club is the place for it, guaranteed, and you’ll find plenty of other fans in there too. Expect lip-synch battles, party games and lots of pop floorfillers.

Check it out here.

The Cavern, Mathew Street

Beatles fans might have already made a pilgrimage to The Cavern on the bus tour, but it’s worth going for a night out there. In fact, it’s a bit of a rite of passage. Visit the most famous club in the world and you’ll find a friendly mixed-age crowd soaking up some live music, all day every day. It gets really busy at weekends, so worth booking in advance.

Visit the Cavern website here.

Motel, Fleet Street

For a cool pick, off the tourist trail, Motel Bar on Fleet Street is a fun place to go for cocktails and karaoke, and again a firm favourite for LFC fans.

More info here.

 

Punch Tarmey's, Cains Brewery Village

Punch Tarmey’s in Cains Brewery Village where there’s live sport on screen, a great atmosphere and a night (or day) of partying with decent pub grub to be had in what has to be the biggest Irish pub in Liverpool.

Head to etc website here.

Baltic Market, Cains Brewery Village

If you are after a great atmosphere and some seriously tasty food after the match then look no further than Liverpool’s first street food market, Baltic Market. The food available caters for all tastes, and keep an eye on their social media feeds for special LFC related events too.

Visit Baltic Market on Facebook here.

Other must-do Liverpool attractions

Anfield Experiences

No visit to Liverpool should really end with the final whistle – there’s so much to see and do in the city so it would be a shame to miss out on anything.

To get a behind-the-scenes insight into the Mighty Reds, book on to one of the official LFC stadium tours  – including on matchday – and visit The LFC Story interactive museum where you’ll find Halls of Fame dedicated to past heroes and The Steven Gerrard Collection which features his shirts, medals, England caps and mementos from Istanbul 2005.

The Anfield Experience gives you the chance to spend the day at Anfield with an LFC legend, listen to their stories and have a 3-course lunch in one of the Main Stand hospitality lounges overlooking the hallowed turf.

Liverpool City Sights

To get to see all the main attractions Liverpool city centre has to offer, without having to schlepp it on foot, the big red City Sights Bus is a hop-on, hop-off option taking in the waterfront and Royal Albert Dock, Cavern Club, both cathedrals, the World Museum and Chinatown. An alternative route adds in extra Beatles landmarks like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

Book your tickets here.

RLB360

If you’ve got a decent head for heights, the RLB360 tower tour at the Royal Liver Buildings will give you a stunning aerial view across the city, and you should have no trouble spotting Anfield from up there.

Book your tickets and get more info here.

Beatles Story, Albert Dock

No visit to Liverpool would really be complete without a Beatles element, so The Beatles Story at the Albert Dock  is a must-do for Fab Four lovers with exhibits including Lennon’s glasses and Ringo’s drum kit.

Visit the website here.

St Johns Beacon Viewing Gallery

For another birds eye view of the city head up to the St Johns Beacon Viewing Gallery at the Radio City tower where you will not only see both stadiums in all their glory, but you will get a full panoramic view of our great city.

Book your tickets here, it’s open 7 days a week!

PINS Social Club, Duke Street

Brand new to Duke Street, PINS Social Club is an entertainment complex like no other with two bowling allies, great food and drink, pool, ping pong and even a private Karaoke room for you to continue the footie anthems at the top of your already strained voice!

Visit etc website here, you can also check out the private bookings that are available. 

Baltic Triangle

We have already mentioned the brilliant Baltic Market and Punch Tarmey’s, two of many places to visit in our Baltic Triangle. You will also find a host of other incredible spaces, eateries and cool street art too.

It’s crazy golf and cocktails on the menu at Ghetto Golf, with three amazing outside space, Birdies Bar. Baltic Triangle is also home to the now internationally famous, Bongo’s Bingo at the new venue Content. Check dates and book tickets here.

Camp and Furnace is a firm favourite for watching the match live and hosts events like Ya Nan’s Big Quiz.

Finally – and totally free – get up close and almost personal with the boss by taking a trip to the Baltic Triangle where, in amongst lots of fantastic street art, you’ll find a giant spray-painted mural of Jurgen Klopp gracing Jordan Street. This has to be one of the top Insta spots for any Reds fan.

Get all of the latest news for Liverpool and beyond here.

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