In just a little over a week, Liverpool play their first game of pre-season, heading just about 20 miles south from Anfield to take on National League North side Chester FC—and for fans wondering why the Reds are taking on a sixth-tier English side, there’s a good reason.
Liverpool regularly use Chester’s 4,500-seat stadium to host U23s and Liverpool Ladies home games, and they will be giving Chester 100% of the gate for the upcoming match as a gesture of appreciation and to help ensure continued financial stability for the small club.
“It is a great gesture from Liverpool and we will receive 100% of the gate receipts,” Chester chairman David Harrington-Wright noted. “We have hosted their under-23s and women’s team and have a great relationship with them and they have been absolutely first class.
“Liverpool also know they will be playing on a superb surface and that has been a major plus in them wanting to use us time and again, and we are grateful for the support we have received from them over this and the gesture of allowing us to keep the profits.”
Liverpool have already sold out their allotment of tickets, and only a few standing room seats remain on sale for the game via the host club, who expect a full sold out match by the time it kicks off on Saturday, July 7th, with a strong Liverpool side expected.
With Naby Keïta having arrived on Merseyside, it will be a chance for fans to see him in action for Liverpool for the first time—and Fabinho, signed from Monaco at the start of the summer, is also expected to be involved along with any players not at the World Cup.
“It will be a hugely exciting day,” Harrington-Wright added. “Liverpool have told us they will be bringing a strong squad of first teamers, those who haven’t been at the World Cup.”