Liverpool v Sevilla: Questions over Basel accommodation for Europa League final
A look at accommodation for fans ahead of the Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla in Basel on 18 May
With English sides tailing away in Europe in recent seasons, Liverpool’s progression to the Europa League final to face Sevilla is a boost to the Premier League.
There has been talk of England losing its fourth Champions League place to Italy should poor form on the continent continue, with the Merseysiders playing a role in ensuring this does not happen.
However, despite an army of Reds fans being destined to travel to Basel to support their side against the Spanish outfit on May 18, a lack of hotel rooms could well be a real issue according to a survey conducted by cheaprooms.co.uk.
The survey details that the vast majority of accommodation options in the modest Swiss city are already sold out, with those remaining being hawked at prices upwards of £500.
Although the potential of disappointed fans of defeated semi-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk and Villarreal cancelling pre-booked hotel bookings still could happen, Liverpool fans would be advised to look at other options.
The research shows that hotels in neighbouring city Freiburg are still available at a reasonable price, with a return train to Basel from the German location costing in the region of £50.
Despite the drawback of no return train after the game until 5am the following morning, staying in the German city seems like a much more affordable option than overpaying in Basel.
Jurgen Klopp has urged those Liverpool fans not lucky enough to receive one of the 10,236 allocated tickets to stay away from the Swiss city but this is unlikely to deter a faithful and passionate supporter base.
The Anfield fans will hope that next Wednesday’s final will be the first of many in forthcoming campaigns and there is every reason for optimism around the Merseyside club.
Klopp’s infectious personality and strong footballing beliefs are clearly starting to sink in at the English club and with a summer of recruitment ahead there is every chance that the Reds will be fighting for honours next season.
Should Liverpool beat Sevilla in the final, Champions League football will also return to Anfield and this would attract a higher calibre of player this summer too.
As such, fans of this historic English club will be weighing up whether to travel to Switzerland to support their team next week or to wait until the next time Liverpool are in contention for major silverware.