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Pool chief hails owners as fans show ticket rage

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has defended the club's owners Fenway Sports Group ahead of a proposed ticket price protest by suggesting fans should "be careful what they wish for".

Supporters' groups are planning the first walk-out in Anfield's 132-year history in the 77th minute of today's match against Sunderland after a £77 match ticket (up from £59) and a £1,000 season ticket were announced this week.

"People should be careful what they wish for," said Ayre, who spoke to try to allay the fears of fans and presented a case for greater accessibility to an increased-capacity Anfield as a £100million redevelopment of the Main Stand nears completion.

"For those of us who were around when we didn't have these types of owners (referring to the previous dysfunctional regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett) making these type of decisions the club was in a real mess.

"We have great owners - that £100million came interest-free and they don't take a penny out of this football club.

"People should make their own decisions but I feel absolutely we have made the right decision and have everyone's best interests at heart."

The protest plans are gathering momentum but it remains to be seen how many supporters will actually take direct action today.

Ayre said: "I respect everyone's right to do what they think is right but for every fan thinking about that I would say 'Have a look at the facts'.

"You might be walking out for something you are not quite understanding."

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