I am trying to figure out how much time it will take me to catch a train at Lime Street station after a Liverpool match. The match will be on Saturday August 25 at 15:00. Presumably it will end just before 17:00, and the stadium will almost certainly be filled to capacity (it's against Manchester City).
How long will the following items take?
1. Exiting Anfield (not sure how well the stadium handles large crowds)
2. Getting to my hotel via public transport to pick up my bags. It's the Days Inn on James Street, near Albert Dock (I will have already checked out).
3. Getting to Lime Street from the hotel, again via public transport
I would prefer not to take taxis, and I realize that the crowds leaving Anfield at the same time will likely make for a slow process. There are two of us traveling together and we're quite mobile (long walks and standing are not an issue).
Is it possible to have an "open return" ticket so we can take any train that evening? (I admit I'm not entirely sure what "open return" means in the British rail system.) This will be a return trip from London; we will arrive in Liverpool on Friday morning. If I could book a specific train on Friday morning and "any train" on Saturday that would be ideal, but I'm open to other options (rail passes, etc).