Liverpool news: Peter Moore to discuss Champions League final ticketing with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin – Goal.com

Liverpool news: Peter Moore to discuss Champions League final ticketing with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin - Goal.com

Madrid is united in support of Liverpool ahead of Champions League final against Tottenham

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says he will meet with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, with Champions League final ticket issues to be high on the agenda.

The Reds are preparing for a second European Cup final in a row, but rows over UEFAs ticket allocation have cast a shadow over next weeks showpiece event in Madrid.

Both Liverpool and Tottenham were issued just 16,613 tickets, despite the venue, Atletico Madrids Wanda Metropolitano stadium, boasting a capacity of 68,000.

This week it emerged that Liverpool were investigating five supporters who have listed tickets for sale through unauthorised platforms. The club have already vowed that any supporter found guilty of touting could face an indefinite ban from Anfield. 

Speaking on Thursday, Moore revealed he would be discussing such issues with Ceferin, who so far has remained silent on the issue of ticketing for the June 1 final.

We talk to UEFA every day, he said. We have been talking to UEFA for 40 years as you well know. But we do want UEFA to understand this city, which they do. 

Ceferin was here last year for the Manchester City home game and I spent a lot of time with him. I will see him next week.

Today our football club is focused on helping our supporters everywhere. It was about getting the M&S Bank Arena all done and sorted [for a fan screening of the final] and that was done today. There are a lot of logistics involved there. 

Then we are getting our fan park ready in Madrid – our team is right there now, helping supporters.

I will see him [Ceferin] and usually when I see Alek there are 20-things [to talk about] and it is all the things that you think: what do we do for allocations, what do we do for this? All of the normal stuff. It is a long list. 

The good news is we are going to a Champions League final but there is a lot of work to do to make it work.

Moore was speaking at a press conference to announce a new global partnership between the Liverpool FC Foundation and Right to Play, an organisation that protects, educates and empowers children and young people by harnessing the power of sport and play.

Between them, they hope to raise around £1 million, which will initially be used to fund sports-led programmes in Thailand and on Merseyside.

Moore believes the partnership comes at a time when Liverpools profile is as big as it has ever been. The eyes of the world will be on the forthcoming Champions League final, while the presence of star names such as Jurgen Klopp, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah enables the club to reach all corners of the globe.

Success on the pitch helps enormously, he said. It provides a global spotlight. What were about to do next week amplifies that again. 

These players, and this club, is more loved than ever. Its the way you play, the way we hold ourselves, our manager in particular, and the players, who let me tell you are educated from the moment they walk through the door.

They know who Kenny Dalglish is, they know who Ian Rush is, they know all about Hillsborough and Heysel. 

Three weeks ago, Margaret Aspinall [chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group] sat them all down at the training ground and talked them through what Hillsborough was all about. 

Margaret spoke for the 30th anniversary. She told them about James not coming home, and to hear it from a mother and someone as powerful a speaker, it reinforces it. 

Playing for Liverpool has responsibilities, and wearing the badge on that field is about more than just playing well. Youre carrying people on your shoulders.

Moore went on to point out the work Mane, for example, has done in helping the fight against AIDS in Senegal and Malawi, and the way Salah recently spoke out backing womens rights.

Mohamed realises that he has a platform and a voice, and people love him and listen to him, he added. He realises his responsibility. He has a window of time to do something, in a time when this world is being torn apart in some places by populism and nationalism.

Mo does it, we love having Jordan around, we have Xherdan Shaqiri as a Kosovan-Albanian, we have three Muslims in the team [Salah, Mane and Naby Keita]. So we have this amazing soup of players, a forward line from Senegal, Egypt and Brazil. When I was a lad it was exotic if they were from Wales!

Its brilliant, and the manager makes it all come together. They all understand what it means to play for Liverpool.

When the Dutchman first arrived at Anfield, much of the focus was on his £75 million transfer fee and not the fact that Liverpool had signed one of the worlds most exciting defenders.

However, that world-record price tag is now looking like an absolute bargain and Van Dijk has been integral in the clubs most impressive season under Jurgen Klopp.

Van Dijk showed his class throughout the campaign, is now considered the worlds best centre-back and became the first defender to win the PFA Player of the Year award in over a decade.

As a result, it will come as little surprise that Van Dijk was found in WhoScored.coms Premier League Team of the Season based on statistics.

The football website draws on a vast number of data sets to award each player a match rating, which is then averaged out over the season to compile the best statistical starting XI.

The 2018-19 team went as follows: Lukasz Fabianski, Ricardo Pereira, Van Dijk, Fabian Schar, Lucas Digne, Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, Fernandinho, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero.

As far as the Liverpool star is concerned, he was awarded an average match rating of 7.4 but how does that actually compare to previous Premier League seasons?

Well, despite topping all of his peers this season, its surprisingly average amongst top-performing centre-backs in England over the last decade.

In fact, Van Dijk was actually deemed to have had a better statistical season in 2015-16, finishing the campaign with a 7.6 rating at Southampton.

The stats even show that Phil Jones (2014-15) and Chico Flores (2012-13) are amongst some of the unlikely candidates to have produced better seasons.

There are some surprising names in the list to say the very least and it underlines exactly why we cant completely judge awards on statistics alone.

Besides, it doesnt get much more extensive than this with over 38 games taken into consideration and almost 50 individual date types.

Yet, it hasnt fairly represented just how brilliantly Van Dijk has been this season and we can subjectively say that, surely, he outperformed Flores time at Swansea. 

The data hasnt been completely unfair to the Liverpool man, though, who has made the team on three of the four seasons hes spent south of the Scottish border.

Hes also statistically the Premier Leagues finest centre-back of the last six years, even if he surprisingly shares that title with Otamendi and Vertonghen.

Do you think Van Dijk is the best defender in the world? Have your say in the comments section below.

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