By Matt Jones
The truth hurts but it needs to be articulated now and then. It is true that, according to a recent survey, only about 30% of Man United and Liverpool supporters actually reside in the North West.
However, Liverpool have the biggest number of supporters in the UK alone. If that means Liverpool’s UK supporters is 10 times the size of Everton’s UK supporters (about 49% of whom are local), then the number of “local residents” who support Liverpool will probably outnumber Everton’s by almost 6 to 1.
In short, mathematically, about 84% of the people in and surrounding Merseyside area in fact support Liverpool.
Self-styled people’s clubs cannot fill a 40-thousand-seat ground every week when less than 20% of the locals are their supporters. This is why Everton constantly find their ground too big for them at 39,000 capacity; whereas Liverpool have had no problem filling Anfield after expanding it to a 54k capacity.