Liverpool announced on Tuesday that they have a new ticket price structure to run in line with the opening of their rebuilt £114million Main Stand for the start of the 2016-17 but it has been criticised by fans.

The Main Stand will increase the capacity to around 54,000 and the range of new ticketing measures are to include a special scheme for 17-21 year-olds with tickets starting as low as £9. There are plans to give more than a thousand free tickets a season to local Merseyside pupils as recognition for good behaviour, attainment and attendance.

But with season tickets now ranging from £685 to £1,029 and some seats costing as much as £77 next season, the structure has been described as “morally unjustifiable” by its own supporters committee, who had hoped to see prices for at least 70 per cent of fans reduced to £30 per game.

Consultations had been ongoing over the past year and the main two issues that had been raised were accessibility and affordability for young and local supporters.

The Liverpool Supporters Committee released a long statement condemning the rises which included the following points:

“The outcome is extremely disappointing and a missed opportunity for LFC to lead in a fairer approach to ticket prices.

“After months of time and effort, meetings and debate of ideas and plans to lower supporters’ costs, the owners have chosen to increase prices for many. In the context of the huge income rises the club will receive next year, to up their revenue from fans through season and match-day tickets is both unnecessary and morally unjustifiable.

“There will be some new initiatives, but the major issues of ticket cost and categorisation remain unresolved, unappreciated by the owners and a further setback for loyal supporters trying to afford to watch their team play.”

But Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre insisted they had listened to match going fans and they were “delighted to be launching these new ticketing initiatives.”