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Liverpool Fans Stage 77th-Minute Walkout in Protest Against Ticket Prices

Liverpool fans leave the stands at the Kop End after 77 minutes' of play during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on February 6, 2016, in protest against the recent announcement that prices would rise to £77. / AFP / LINDSEY PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tom WebbUK Staff WriterFebruary 6, 2016

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

Black flags on kop pic.twitter.com/t5CvUutOTd

— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) February 6, 2016

Football Without Fans Is Nothing on the Main Stand pic.twitter.com/edTyAgh06Q

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) February 6, 2016

A Liverpool fan holds a poster denouncing the the announcement of a rise in ticket prices during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on February 6, 2016. / AFP / LINDSEY PA
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Liverpool fans hold a banner as they protest against the recently announced rise in ticket prices during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on February 6, 2016. / AFP / LI
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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

Min.77 reached at Anfield. 💰💷😡 https://t.co/pk2qVTTyLL pic.twitter.com/iS2dDMyvbH

— AS English (@English_AS) February 6, 2016

The Liverpool walk outhttps://t.co/p4UL0X5GJm

— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 6, 2016

The scene outside Anfield now #lfc #walkouton77 pic.twitter.com/3MM2lSlQmf

— Kop Magazine (@TheKopMagazine) February 6, 2016

I like this #LFC pic.twitter.com/TtDP4Ar8dE

— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) 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

Sunderland fans applaud Liverpool fans as they head to the exits in protest in the 77th minute. #YNWA pic.twitter.com/TZkTU9UhuM

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 6, 2016

Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joined in on the protest. 

Jamie Carragher left his season ticket seat to join #WalkOutOn77 protest https://t.co/op6WoLB1oN pic.twitter.com/c6t3N7qnb3

— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) February 6, 2016

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
2) 90’—Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland pic.twitter.com/6luLHamUNP

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 6, 2016

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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