Liverpool followers have paid tribute to LASK and the town of Linz after having fun with an unusually hassle-free journey to observe the beginning of this season’s Europa League group stage.
The Reds kicked off their European marketing campaign with a 3-1 win over Thomas Sageder’s males on Thursday, but it surely was not simply issues on the pitch that thrilled the away assist.
Those that have travelled recurrently to observe Liverpool lately have endured points with heavy-handed policing, stunning services, and bother from opposition followers.
Nevertheless, this week’s go to to Linz couldn’t have been extra completely different, making for an gratifying expertise for all those that headed over to Austria.
Reds supporter Matty Johnson informed This Is Anfield: “It was simply so laid again.
“What makes it a bit bitter if you go overseas with Liverpool is the police presence may be heavy for no cause apart from to intimidate us.
“In Linz, there have been police round however they had been simply strolling round, watching us, smiling, and having fun with the truth that Liverpool had been on the town. They had been laughing and joking and taking images.
“And after we obtained to the bottom, there have been no navy police checkpoints exterior, no batons, no armoured stormtroopers, none of that.
“Followers had been allowed to mingle with one another, we had been speaking to some on the bus developing they usually had been actually good enjoyable. They had been simply actually joyful to see us.”
Precisely the way it ought to be
Opposite to legal guidelines surrounding soccer matches in England, followers had been allowed to drink inside view of the pitch throughout the match in Linz.
They had been additionally given €2 each time they returned their plastic pint glass to the bar, an initiative that each helped preserve the stands tidy and inspired recycling.
Kopite and Anfield Wrap contributor Phil Blundell mentioned of his expertise on the Raiffeisen Area: “It was simply very quick access to the bottom by way of realizing the place you’re going and the searches weren’t confrontational.
“Inside, you would get a drink and reasonable-looking meals and it wasn’t significantly costly both.
“Most significantly, we had been let loose at full-time and had been simply capable of stroll again underneath no restrictions or something.
“It was simply humane therapy, in contrast to so many different locations.”
In contrast to throughout earlier European journeys, supporters weren’t required by Liverpool to choose up their tickets for the sport whereas out in Austria.
That additionally helped enhance the expertise, in response to Matty Johnson.
He added: “One factor that was additionally improbable was not having to exit of my solution to choose up my ticket as a result of that system is an absolute shambles.
“Spirit of Shankly have mentioned for a very long time that we don’t want it, however they’re nonetheless persisting with it.
“The very best instance was Inter and Benfica, the place you had been exterior a resort for hours attempting to choose up a ticket that you may print off at dwelling.”
Let’s hope that related is claimed after journeys to Saint-Gilles and Toulouse.