Luzhniki2008 visited Anfield on 04/04/1988
Game watched: Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United
The majority of my visits to Anfield have been in the away section there supporting Manchester United playing Liverpool our biggest rivals. As a result the atmosphere is usually very high for both sets of fans who see this as a must win match every time. To see my team win here here makes it the best away trip of the season, but to see them lose it makes it the worst away trip of the season.
In the early years of the Premier League 3 sides of Anfield were redeveloped, including the famous Kop. However with capacity at just over 45,000 this has not been big enough to keep up with demand, especially at a time when clubs like Manchester United and Newcastle have significantly expanded their grounds, whilst Arsenal have moved to a much bigger stadium. Liverpool have had plans to move to a new stadium in Stanley Park but nothing has gone further than this. The alternatve option would be to build higher behind the Main Stand or Anfield Road Stands, like they did with the Centenary Stand in 1992, but this would involve the demolition of houses and removal of a street. The current owners of Liverpool have revamped their historic Boston Red Sox Stadium Fenway Park, rather than move to a new stadium. The advantage to staying at Anfield would not only be the historic aspect but also the fact that the fans there are so close to the pitch, which improves the atmosphere and can also work to the home team's advantage when the home fans are really fired up for a game. The away teams can then often feel this pressure and, at times, hatred from the home fans. This could be lost at a new stadium, as seen with the Emirates Stadium in comparison with Highbury. Long term, Liverpool do need to expand though to meet the demands of normal and corporate fans.
Away fans are housed in half of the lower section of the Anfield Road Stand behind the goal. This is without doubt one of the most cramped away sections anywhere as, since this stand was rebuilt in the late 1990s, Liverpool put as many seats as possible into this stand. The back couple of rows are also best avoided because when fans stand up, you cannot see anything because of the overhang of the upper tier.
By car, like at Everton, it is easy to find the stadium off the A580 East Lancs Road. There are some pay car parks around Goodison, otherwise it is street parking and a 15-20 minute walk due to residents' parking schemes in the area. Liverpool's City Centre is a long walk for Liverpool Lime Street Station, so taxis or buses are the best option if you can get one.