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Liverpool fans planning walk out over ticket prices

A Liverpool supporters' group has called on fans at Saturday's match at Anfield to walk out in protest at the club's new ticket prices.

Spion Kop 1906 asked supporters to show their unhappiness in the 77th minute of the Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Liverpool have announced a new pricing structure for the 2016-17 season, which will see the most expensive match day ticket cost £77 - up from £59 - in the redeveloped Main Stand.

A message posted by Spion Kop 1906 on Twitter said: "Let's make sure the owners know this is unacceptable.

"On 77 minutes, leave your seat and walk out. Tell your mates and your family. Tell the people around you. Tell them why.

"Walk out on 77 minutes and show you care. Love the team - hate the prices. #WalkOutOn77".

Spion Kop 1906's idea has been backed by fellow fans' group Spirit of Shankly, who on Tuesday said it was "extremely disappointed" with the "unfair and unnecessary" prices.

The new pricing structure will also see the cost of the most expensive season ticket price rise to £1,029. The lowest will cost £685.

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has defended the price changes, saying: ''We always carefully consider ticket pricing to ensure the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the club while listening to the views of our match-going fans to understand the priorities around accessibility and affordability.''

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