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The BIG freeze; REDS RENEWALS SUSPENDED AND PRICES UNCHANGED FOR FIFTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR.

Byline: IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplccom

LIVERPOOL have suspended the season ticket renewal process for next season - but have confirmed prices will be frozen for a fifth consecutive season.

The Premier League has been on hold since March 13, due to the coronavirus outbreak, with clubs having agreed to resume the season when it is safe to do so. Liverpool, 25 points clear at the summit, have reaffirmed their support for the remaining fixtures to be completed, with a date of June 8 having reportedly been slated for a return to action.

But uncertainty over the potential impact on next season - and whether supporters will be allowed into stadiums - has prompted the club to delay indefinitely their season ticket renewal process, although they have stated prices will remain the same as this campaign. "Until there is clarity around the fixture schedule, we have suspended the up-coming season ticket renewal process," a statement said. "We will continue to monitor the situation, and a new period of renewal will be put in place once there is confirmation of the start date of the 2020-21 season.

"Season ticket holders will be contacted directly to advise them of the new deadline and provide as much notice as possible.

"Prices for general admission season tickets will be frozen for the 2020-21 season, and we will be in touch with supporters once these go on sale.

"We fully support the collective intent of Premier League clubs to complete all fixtures in the 2019-20 season. Should all remaining fixtures go ahead as normal, all season tickets and match-by-match tickets will remain valid for the rearranged date."

Liverpool are still scheduled to play Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Burnley at Anfield this season.

The Palace and Villa games had already sold out, but, if the fixtures have to be played behind closed doors, the Reds - who would stand to lose around PS12m if no fans are allowed - have confirmed they will refund all tickets sold.

The statement continued: "In the event that the remaining 2019-20 home games cannot be played in front of supporters, we will provide either a refund for the equivalent value of the remaining home games to all season ticket holders and hospitality members, or the pro-rata value of the individual affected home matches as credit against their 2020-21 season ticket. This rebate or refund will also be applicable to all official members, general admission supporters and matchday hospitality ticket holders who have purchased for the affected games in the 2019-20 season.

"These supporters will be contacted individually via email to provide further information on the refund process.

"As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to keep supporters updated with any developments relating to the current season and the 2020-21 season.

"We would like to thank our supporters for their understanding and patience during this challenging time. Our thoughts are with you all at this time, and we hope all our supporters are staying safe and at home."

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Author:IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplccom
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2020
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