As fans grapple with the news, attention has turned to the final game of the season at Anfield, where Klopp will bid farewell to the club.
However, the celebratory atmosphere is marred by the exorbitant prices of tickets for the manager’s last match, with some reaching staggering mark-ups on secondary ticketing sites.
The Astonishing Mark-Up:
Reports from The Mirror reveal that tickets, particularly prime ones situated just behind the dugout in Anfield’s Main Stand, are being sold for an extraordinary mark-up.
The face value of these tickets is a modest £60, but after secondary site fees and VAT are added, the price skyrockets to a jaw-dropping £24,480.
This means that eager fans are being asked to pay a staggering 408 times the original face value for the privilege of witnessing Klopp’s final match at Anfield and being close to the action.Embed from Getty Images
Comparisons to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Farewell:
The scale of this mark-up is unprecedented, drawing comparisons to the farewell of another legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
In 2013, after announcing his retirement from Manchester United, tickets for Ferguson’s final game at West Brom were being sold for £3,000.
While this was undoubtedly a considerable amount, it pales in comparison to the astronomical figures being demanded for Klopp’s farewell match at Anfield.
Klopp’s Legacy at Liverpool:
Jurgen Klopp took over Liverpool in 2015, inheriting a struggling side that had consistently fallen short in the trophy department.
Over his nine years at Anfield, Klopp transformed the team’s fortunes, securing several major titles. In 2019, Liverpool won the Champions League under Klopp’s guidance, defeating Tottenham in the final.
A year later, Klopp delivered the coveted Premier League title, ending Liverpool’s 30-year league title drought.
Klopp’s Reason for Departure:
The 56-year-old manager cited ‘running out of energy’ as the primary reason for stepping down. Having achieved incredible success, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup, Klopp hinted that he might not manage in football again.
His departure marks the end of an era for Liverpool, leaving fans reflecting on the indelible impact he has had on the club.