Liverpool trails only Man United as Premier League clubs massively benefit from foreign visitors
Liverpool given financial boost thanks to international fans
When you are one of the biggest clubs in the world plying your collective trade in the most popular league across the globe, your coffers are sure to benefit. And that is precisely what has happened to Liverpool according to the latest report from VisitBritain’s Football Tourism in the UK findings.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool received 213,000 foreign visitors to home football matches in 2019; the last time accurate data was able to be collected given the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Liverpool behind only United as £152m international boost revealed.
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Those visits to Anfield by hundreds of thousands of devoted foreign supporters netted £152million in revenue to the local economy. Liverpool were unsurprisingly behind only Manchester United in the table after the Red Devil’s received 226,000 visits to Old Trafford which grossed £225million visitor spend.
Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium, England‘s Wembley, and Tottenham‘s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium rounded out the top five on the list, with Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters praising the growth seen by comparison to data collected in 2011 which saw 66% growth across the UK;
“The Premier League and its clubs provide competitive football, featuring the world’s best players and managers, in front of brilliant fans. We are very proud of the positive impact the League has on both national and local economies.
Seeing the competition in action is fantastic and we look forward to welcoming more international visitors to our stadiums in the future.”
The Premier League juggernaut continues to grow
Liverpool are but one piece of the Premier League puzzle, but the Anfield outfit certainly pulls its weight when it comes to drawing fan viewership both on TV and in the flesh in grounds across the country.
No other league can come close to competing with the financial muscle that the English top flight can collectively muster, even down to those clubs that sit bottom in any given season.
It is no coincidence that outside ownership from foreign billionaires continues to flood into the English market, with Newcastle United becoming the 14th club currently in the Premier League to be taken over by billionaire backing.
Four of the top-five highest valued clubs in the world reside on English shores, and if that list is extended, seven of the top-fifteen are Premier League-based.
When a league boasts the best TV rights commitments, countless big name footballers, and ownership power that outstrips the competition, the Premier League – and Liverpool – are certainly showing no signs of slowing down in terms of growth and financial potential.