Reds defend season ticket rise

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Liverpool insist the seven per cent rise in season ticket prices is due to inflation and the VAT increase.

Liverpool increase prices by seven per cent

Liverpool insist that the seven per cent rise in season ticket prices is due to inflation and the change in the VAT rate. Reds supporters will have to fork out £732 for a seat in the main stand if they apply online while the Kop costs £680. The Anfield outfit feel that their prices remain "extraordinarily competitive" when compared to many of the other leading Premier League clubs. The club said last year's prices were based on a 15 per cent VAT rate which has now risen to 17.5 per cent, while the retail price index - which reflects the rate of inflation - is now running at 5.3 per cent.

No difference

A Liverpool spokesman said: "Inflation and the VAT change are the reasons for the rise - in real terms there's no difference. "Our season ticket prices remain extraordinarily competitive particularly compared with other clubs in the top half of the table." The increase is unlikely to go down well with fans opposed to Liverpool's American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. By comparison, Manchester United season ticket holders are currently paying up to £931 for a season.

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