The battle for tickets at Anfield was as heated as the action on the field between Liverpool and Chelsea last night.

Illness prevented George Gillett from attending, but his son Foster did the honours, while former Liverpool chairman David Moores and embattled chief executive Rick Parry forsook their usual front-row vantage point to keep a safe distance away from Tom Hicks, three rows behind him.

Demand for tickets in the directors' box for the boardroom bunfight was such that Sven Goran Eriksson and Alex McLeish, England and Scotland managers of the recent past, had to settle for seats at the front of the press area.

As he looked down at the battery of cameras, Manchester City boss Eriksson might have mused that life under Thaksin Shinawatra wasn't so bad after all.