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First Impressions of Liverpool's Anfield Ground

301234711 882a73a9c1 First Impressions of Liverpool's Anfield GroundIn the continuing series of articles about my recent trip to England’s football stadia, today I reminisce about my trip to Liverpool’s Anfield ground.Unable to get a ticket to the recent Champions League match between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven (it was harder to get one than the Man United v Chelsea match), I descended on Anfield on an early Sunday morning late in November.Walking up Walton Breck Road, I passed by the house where by great grandparents used to live approximately a hundred years ago. From the vantage point of the house, I could see the back-end of The Kop in the distance, edging out over the road.When I finally made it to the top of the hill, there stood Anfield ground which looked far more modern from the outside than I expected. The car park at the back of the Centenary Stand was open, so I walked there to get a different view of the ground marvelling at the port holes that were built in the brick to remind visitors of Liverpool’s history as an important port.Returning to Walton Breck Road from the Centenary Stand, I stood outside the back of The Kop and marvelled at the sheer size of the stand. Outside stood the Bill Shankly statue next to the Paisley Gates. To the right was Liverpool’s megastore, which looked a little out of place next to so much history.Walking behind the Main Stand at Anfield, I had to walk past terraced housing that were literally in the giant shadow of the ground. Here, I was surprised to see houses that were condemned. During a bright sunny morning, the sight of the houses was disturbing. I can only imagine how scary it could be on a cold, dark night in Liverpool.After walking around the back of the Main Stand, I came out by the Anfield Road Stand, the away end, and walked past the famous Shankly Gates, which are next to the memorial for the Hillsborough Disaster with an eternal flame and names of all of the 96 people who died permanently displayed in the wall.While the rest of the ground was quiet except for a few people walking in and out of the megastore, there were several cars outside the Hillsborough Disaster memorial as numerous fans paid their respects and placed flowers on the pavement.While the houses behind the Main Stand looked rundown and depressing, the homes behind the Anfield Road Stand, overlooking Stanley Park, were more majestic.And so ended my brief visit to Anfield. Moments later I caught a cab to Lime Street railway station and departed for Blackburn.Overall, the Anfield ground was immaculate. The ground, from the outside, looked very modern and clean. Just like White Hart Lane, you’re unable to see any of the pitch or seats from the outside, but the unique thing about Anfield – of course – is the Shankly Gates, the Hillsborough Disaster memorial and the Paisley Gates. Say what you want about Liverpool, but the club has a lot of class.To see photographs of my visit to Anfield, go visit the EPL Talk Photos site at Flickr.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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5 Responses to First Impressions of Liverpool's Anfield Ground

  1. JC says:

    If the deal with Dubai is finalized, it is my understanding that they will begin plans on a new stadium.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well Said mate! Come back anytime : )

    keenan@liverpoolfc.net

  3. Anonymous says:

    firstly with the new investors coming in. It seems with a bottomless bag of gold why are we only having a 60.000 seater and most of that will go to the coporate and not the proper fans why not go bigger and wipe out this 5yr?waiting list for season tickets and also more tickets for general sale it dosent make sense to have it so small we should have a state of the art stadium thats bigger and better than the scums……LFC fan forever bring on Chelsea…..

  4. Anonymous says:

    have anyone noticed, how difficult it is to get a ticketfor Liverpool.
    I’am from ireland, and there areloads of tickets with the travel agents.
    They charge 500 euro for flights two nights in a hotel, and the ticket for the match, thats readily available.
    C’mon Liverpool get the tickets to the fans, not the touts

  5. StetillUK says:

    As far as I know the houses at the back of the main stand are owned by the club who have waited for people to move out before boarding them up. The idea was to knock them down if they were going to develop anfield instead of which they are building a new stadium 300 yards away. and as for the person who says they will all be corporate tickets.. how do you know? I am sure there will be some extra but also some for the ‘normal’ fans as well. YNWA

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