Liverpool fans followed through with plans to stage a 77th-minute walkout in their Premier League clash with Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday to protest against the club's decision to raise ticket prices.
The day started with a sense of resistance across the ground:
Black flags adorn the Kop at Anfield, protest banners in other parts of the ground; mutiny in the air.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 6, 2016
Football Without Fans Is Nothing on the Main Stand pic.twitter.com/edTyAgh06Q— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) February 6, 2016
Liverpool fought their way into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana before the walkout kicked in on the promised mark:
Anfield is emptying out.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 6, 2016
Liverpool fans are queuing for the exits at Anfield. Not some isolated protest this one.— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) February 6, 2016
Pretty amazing watching Liverpool game on German Sky Sports. Cameras pan to walk-out of some fans chanting Enough is Enough in Tix protest.— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7) February 6, 2016
Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joined in on the protest.
The sense of discord appeared to spread onto the pitch, as Liverpool squandered their two-goal lead to draw 2-2:
Would be a nice irony if they let a 2-0 lead slip with no fans in the ground. #lfc— David Easson (@DavidEasson) February 6, 2016
1) 69’—Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 6, 2016
2) 90’—Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland pic.twitter.com/6luLHamUNP
Proof that teams need supporters more than a few extra quid #LFC— Dexter J Marshall (@DJMarshall92) February 6, 2016
Club is a joke in the boardroom and on the pitch.— Anfield Online (@anfieldonline) February 6, 2016
Bunch of cowards in the board room and on the pitch.— Jack (@JackWatson_) February 6, 2016
Nice show of solidarity by #LFC players, joining fan walkout there.— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) February 6, 2016
Another disappointing result for Liverpool, but the fans will be hoping their actions are at least noticed by those in charge of the club:
The sight of all those empty seats after 77 mins will surely prompt a high level discussion on providing more affordable ticket options— amar singh (@amarjourno) February 6, 2016
Great effort by Liverpool fans by walking out. Can only hope the owners realise the depth of feeling.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 6, 2016
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