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Uefa draw up contingency plans for second stadium to help host Europa League final with tens of thousands set to attend

UEFA are already making plans for Liverpool fans at the Europa League final on May 22.

And you can hardly blame them.

The Gaelic football stronghold of Croke Park could be used

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The Gaelic football stronghold of Croke Park could be usedCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription
The Aviva Stadium is hosting the Europa League final on May 22

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The Aviva Stadium is hosting the Europa League final on May 22Credit: Getty

The Reds head into Thursday’s last-16 Anfield clash against Sparta Prague with a 5-1 lead.

And when you look at Liverpool’s current form, it would be a huge surprise if skipper Virgil van Dijk didn’t end up leading them out in   Dublin.

The Aviva Stadium officially holds 51,700 fans.

And when you consider half of Ireland seems to support Liverpool and the proximity of Dublin to the UK, a huge number of fans without tickets will converge on the city.

Uefa are looking at setting up giant screens at Croke Park, the home of Irish Gaelic sports, where the capacity is a whopping 82,300.

The stadium could also be used if West Ham make the final as there would be a mass ­exodus from East London to Dublin.

Accommodation in Dublin is already costing a fortune for the night of the final.

Three-star hotels currently start from £400 a night, with hostels at least £160.

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A Darwin Nunez double plus goals from Luis Diaz, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai have set up what should be a second-leg cruise for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

It comes amid claims outgoing boss Klopp has recommended Wolves wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri to the club.

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Manchester United are also being linked with the Algerian 22-year-old.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been previously mentioned in connection with Ait-Nouri.

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