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Date: 19th Jun 2017

Fans #FaceTheKop for once-in-a-lifetime match at Anfield

MBNA have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Liverpool FC over the last 19 years and are delighted to extend that partnership into its third decade.

Through our renewed relationship with Liverpool FC, we recruited first team players, Sadio Mané, Joël Matip, Philippe Coutinho and legend Ian Rush to ask fans to imagine what it would be like to play at Anfield in MBNA’s #FaceTheKop prize draw.

Photo of both teams before the match

3,500+ fans took to social to join the ‘Home’ or ‘Away’ team and for forty winners, that dream of playing at Anfield became a reality as they were lucky enough to #FaceTheKop.

Of the winners, 20 joined the home team to face 20 away fans with every winner receiving the full match day experience of being a first team player.  They were provided with kit, boots, a training session and team talk with Liverpool Legend Ian Rush, before getting ready for kick-off.

The teams line up and shake hands

When the time came, the teams were led out of the tunnel to the deafening sound of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, while the iconic sounds of the Kop stand echoed around the stadium as the winners lined up in front of their friends and families.

In a closely-fought game, it was the reds of Liverpool FC Home who came out on top, winning 5-2, to be crowned our #FaceTheKop 2017 Champions. Both teams were presented with a commemorative #FaceTheKop trophy by Ian Rush.

The reds celebrate a 5-2 victory with Ian Rush.

Fans can also experience the thrill of the Kop at the National Football Museum in Manchester until 30 June with an interactive, virtual exhibition that recreates the atmosphere of the legendary Kop.

So, ‘What would you give to play at Anfield?’ Watch this space, as next time it might be you who grabs that winning goal as #FaceTheKop returns in 2018…

MBNA presents face the Kop.

Liverpool FC first team players and legend Ian Rush asked fans, ‘What if it was you?’

Clip of forward Sadio Mané, midfielder Philippe Coutinho, defender Joël Matip and legend Ian Rush... all in and around the stadium at Anfield.

Facebook post reading:
Have you ever wanted to not just walk out onto the pitch at Anfield, but also play on it?

Number of likes and shares adding up, and up.

Series of replies including ‘Home from home’, ‘Biggest dream’ and ‘Would be a dream come true’.

Shot of the exterior of Anfield, the iconic home of Liverpool FC, emblazoned with the club crest.

And inside, the view from the centre of the pitch... red and white chairs making up the initials ‘LFC’ on the terrace known as ‘the Kop’.

20 home fans.
Shot of the genuine changing room (used by real players), laid out with new home kit and boots.

Faced 20 away fans.
Shot of the away changing room, again decked out with brand new kit for our visiting players.

Excitement builds as everyone gets changed... socks pulled up, shirts pulled on. Goalie straps up his gloves.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush enters to give the home team players some pre-match pointers.

And the away team coach steps in to give them some advice. Everyone listens closely, clapping at the end.

Nearly match time. You can see the anticipation on the faces of the players, about to walk through the famous players’ tunnel onto the pitch.

For luck, the players touch the club crest hanging above the door. The cheering of spectators gets louder and louder as the players make their way out... LFC anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ chiming in their ears.


The players shake hands... Ian Rush looks on nervously, and the crowd’s excitement intensifies.

Liverpool Home. Coach: Jack Best.

MBNA Away. Coach: Jamie Copley.

With the flip of a coin, MBNA Away kick things off...

...but Liverpool Home score the first two goals.

MBNA Away score their first, but Liverpool Home respond with a further two goals.

It’s 4-1 to Liverpool Home... but the challengers don’t give up.

After some fantastic defending from both sides, and some narrow misses, MBNA Away score their second goal.

Rapturous cheers accompany the last goal of the match from Liverpool Home.

The final score: 5-2 to Liverpool Home. The cheering intensifies as the players celebrate.

All players share a sportsmanlike handshake, before the victors (joined again by Ian Rush) proudly raise their trophies. Every face is animated... beaming with pride.

MBNA | Liverpool FC


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