The Reds set up a trip to west London when Neil Critchley and the club’s youngest-ever side secured a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury in the fourth-round replay.
It was a marker of the quality in Liverpool’s academy, and the power of Anfield, with a sold-out crowd roaring the youngsters on and intimidating their opposition.
That will not be a factor for the next round, given it is an away fixture, but Chelsea have now limited the impact of the travelling Kop too.
Liverpool announced ticket information for the March 3 clash on Tuesday morning, and revealed that the Blues have provided just 5,466 seats for visiting supporters.
This is almost 800 fewer than the Reds would have expected for Chelsea‘s 41,631-seater stadium.
“[We] have been informed that the decision to have a reduced allocation is made by Chelsea’s Safety Advisory Group and based on a number of factors,” they explained.
“Chelsea said that the decision is final and will not change.”
This comes after Chelsea were forced to reduce prices for their own fans for this fixture, following pressure from the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) after a 35 percent increase was originally implemented.
“The CST is once again dismayed by the continued disregard shown towards match-going supporters, who have been subjected to expensive and challenging travel arrangements throughout this season.”
The movement was described by Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly as a “big win for fans.”
This, however, cannot be considered a big win for Liverpool supporters, who were already restricted from watching the replay against Shrewsbury after the FA opted against issuing rights to worldwide broadcasters.