Football Match Day Guide to Liverpool

Football Match Day Guide to Liverpool


Football in Liverpool

Welcome to Liverpool, the birthplace of the biggest band in history and the home of one of the world's most popular football clubs. The Beatles museum on the banks of the River Mersey tells the story of how the famous five took the world by storm in the 1960s, but just a few miles to the north you'll find Anfield Stadium – the home of Liverpool FC for over 120 years.

Are you heading to Liverpool to watch the mighty Reds in action? Our guide features some top tips and insights from Heather Carroll, who runs the Liverpool Ladies Fans blog which is dedicated to all things related to the reigning Women's Super League champions, Liverpool FC Ladies.

In need of a great night's sleep while you're visiting Liverpool? Take your pick from several Premier Inn Hotels in Liverpool and enjoy easy access to Anfield Stadium and the city centre.

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Travelling to Liverpool by train? Liverpool Lime Street station is the city's main railway hub, ideally located in the city centre. The station is located roughly two miles away from Anfield and on match days you can catch a train to Sandhills Station, from where you can hop on the 'Soccerbus' which will take you straight to the ground. The 'Soccerbus' runs frequently in the two hours leading up to a match, and for 50-minutes after the full-time whistle.

Liverpool also has several centrally located bus stations, whilst Liverpool John Lennon Airport is less than a 30-minutes drive away from the city centre. Numerous bus services run between the airport and the city.

Pre-match pubs in Liverpool

Looking to soak up the atmosphere with a few pre-match drinks in the city centre? Head along to Bierkeller on Thomas Steers Way, where you'll find no less than three bars under one roof. One of those is Shooters Bar, a popular hangout for sports fans thanks to its big screens, pool tables and video game set-up. You'll also be able to get your hands on a few drink deals, as well as a tasty burger menu.

Elsewhere, the aptly named Shenanigans offers everything you'd expect from an Irish bar: live music, live sports and great beer. In fact, they claim to serve the best tasting Guinness in Liverpool.

As you approach Anfield, pop into the The Albert – one of the most popular and traditional pre-match venues just a stone's throw of the ground. Or, join in with a sing-song and check out some Liverpool memorabilia at The Sandon.

Where to eat in Liverpool

Liverpool has an aclectic mix of restaurants and food flavours, giving you plenty of options for pre and post-match meals. Heather recommends Almost Famous, one of the city's many restaurants dedicated to the humble hamburger. Featuring no less than nine different burgers, including the 'Wonderland' (complete with cheese, bacon, fried chicken and more), there's plenty to satisfy your hunger cravings.

Heather also recommends Bold Street for those keen on expanding their culinary horizons, with the Lebanese street food at Bakchich a particular highlight. Alternatively, hit up one of Bold Street's newest establishments, Mowgli – where Indian tapas-style street food awaits. Heather explains what she likes best about Mowgli: "An interesting part to the menu is the Tiffin box for one, priced at £12 and described as 'food roulette, total pot luck' – the chef chooses four dishes for you."

Post-match: Sampling the Liverpool night life

Liverpool city centre is awash with night spots, from cosy bars with live music to multi-floor night clubs complete with resident DJs and busy dancefloors.

Heather suggests kicking the night off at O'Neills Irish bar on the corner of Wood Street and Hanover Street, where you can catch Liverpool highlights on the big screen.
You'll also find a host of bars and clubs in the surrounding streets, such as the Cava tequila bar and the wide range of pubs and clubs located in and around the popular Concert Square area.

As for night clubs, Heather recommends Empire on Seel Street thanks to its irresistible cocktail menu, heated outside area and laid back atmosphere. And if you're fully determined to cut some shapes until the early hours, pop along to Level for house music, r'n'b and pop tunes spread across three levels (open 'til 4am).

Check out Liverpool's cultural attractions

In need of a break from the football and nightlife? Liverpool is blessed with tons of great cultural offerings, so whether you've an hour to spare or a whole day to kill, there's plenty to keep you occupied. You could of course take a Liverpool Stadium Tour of Anfield, complete with a visit to the club's magnificent museum – a must for any true red!

Heather explains: "The tour starts at the Bill Shankly statue, takes you through the press room, allows you to have a look inside the team changing room and touch the famous 'This Is Anfield' sign before taking your place in the dugout, having walked out the tunnel."

In the city centre, meanwhile, you can check out the Museum of Liverpool (which also includes a section on football), learn about a key aspect of the city's past at the Maritime Museum or take the ferry 'cross the Mersey.

A stroll along the gorgeous Albert Dock area is also a must, whilst the Magical Mystery Tour will show you some of the most important locations relating to the history of The Beatles.

Helpful supporter apps

Keep up to date with all the latest club news and features with these helpful apps:

• Official Liverpool FC Match & News Centre
• Liverpool Football News
• LiverpoolFC App

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