A private hire driver has been forced to pay out more than £1,000 after illegally trying to pick up football fans outside Anfield.
Liverpool Council tweeted that a driver from Wolverhampton had been in court after being caught illegally plying for hire outside Liverpool's stadium.
The council's licensing team said the driver ended up having to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs after a trial and has collected six penalty points for their driving licence.
The conviction comes as the city council continues to try and clamp down on rogue practices by some in the private hire and hackney industry.
For years now, there have been complaints of drivers coming from elsewhere in the UK to Liverpool to try and pick up fares during busy days in the city - particularly around Liverpool matches.
Plying for hire is the illegal act of private hire drivers trying to pick up random fares off the street.
Under current regulations, private hire vehicles can only pick up passengers when pre-booked, rather than from a rank or in response to being hailed.
If a passenger is collected by a private hire off the street, without a booking, then it invalidates the driver's insurance.
The city council has been working to clamp down on football fans being targeted by unscrupulous drivers for several years now.
As well as illegal plying for hire, there have also been examples of drivers cherry picking fares and over-charging fans who don't know the city well.