Groundhopping- Anfield Stadium- Liverpool vs Leeds United

Stadium Location
Anfield Stadium is located on the edge of Stanley Park, near the Everton area of the city. The closest station to Anfield is Kirkdale which is a 30-minute walk away. Liverpool’s major stations, Lime Street and Central are around a 40-minute walk away, this is a preferred option for many fans travelling to and from the ground, as a train to Kirkdale would have to go through one of these either way. Car parking is available at the ground in the Stanley Park car park, however, spaces are limited and due to the area being highly residential, it is not recommended to park around here, with many supporters parking at Sandhills station or in the City Centre and getting on the Soccerbus into the stadium (£2 for the bus). Across Stanley Park is Goodison Park, home of Everton FC, which is also in a highly residential area.



The Stadium
With the new expansion to the Main stand, the capacity at Anfield currently sits at around 54,000, with the new main stand being the largest of these following the 7000 seat expansion. The most iconic of the four stands is The Kop, one of the most famous stands in English football, which takes its name from the Second Boer War and its steep stand resembling the hill in the Battle of Spion Kop in 1900 and at its peak, holding around 30,000 fans. Made all-seater in 1994, following the Taylor report, the stadium still holds a rich history in the area.

Match Day Experience
I went along to the EFL Cup quarter-final between Liverpool and Leeds United, both teams in good form in their respective divisions, hoping to do well in the competition. Leeds brought a large contingent of travelling fans, taking up the whole bottom tier of the Anfield Road stand behind the goal. It was an even game, both sides having good chances, with Leeds’ Kemar Roofe almost opening the scoring for the visitors early in the second half. Divock Origi broke the deadlock before 17-year-old Ben Woodburn doubled the lead in the last 10 minutes with his first ever senior goal. The atmosphere throughout the game was electric, with both fans in fine voice. Due to the enclosed nature of the ground, the Leeds fans felt closer than they were, with the traditional pre-match You’ll Never Walk Alone being a spine-tingling moment. Overall, standing on the Kop, watching Liverpool play with the atmosphere that it was, is an experience I’ll never forget.

Feature Image Credit: Robin Pollard



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