Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s supporters after booing UK national anthem

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The manager of Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp has shown an atom of support to the fans of the club who booed the United Kingdom national anthem before the kick-off of the 2022 FA Cup final.

The Spanish tactician who admitted that he does know why the fans decided to boo the national anthem, insisted that the fans would surely have a reason for doing so.

Recall that on Saturday, May 14, 2022, Liverpool was at the Wembley Stadium to play the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Before the kick-off of the match, the teams were made to sing the UK national anthem ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.

Note that it is the tradition for the teams playing in a league cup final or FA Cup final in the United Kingdom to recite the national anthem. This practice has been a regular feature in FA Cup finals for 150 years.

But on Saturday, May 14, the Liverpool supporters that made it to the Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup final between the club and Chelsea decided to boo the national anthem immediately it came up.

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At the end of the day, the match ended 0-0 in both regular time and extra time. Liverpool emerged the winners of the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties which earned the club the 8th FA Cup title in the history of the club.

Ahead of Liverpool’s 37th Premier League game of the season which is against Southampton on May 17 at 19:45, reporters asked coach Jurgen Klopp to comment on the decision of Liverpool’s fans to boo the national team.

The Spanish tactician who has been coaching Liverpool since 2015 admitted that he does not enjoy booing in football arenas, adding that the best question that should be asked was why the fans decided to boo the national anthem.

“It’s always best to ask the question – why does this happen? They wouldn’t do it without a reason”, coach Jurgen Klopp said.

“Maybe I’m not here long enough to understand. I am sure it’s historical…

“I know a few fans from different clubs see this slightly differently but the majority of our supporters are wonderful people, really smart.

“They go through lows, go through highs, suffer together. They wouldn’t do it if there was not a reason.”

On the other hand, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson through a spokesman condemned the decision of Liverpool’s fans to boo the national anthem.

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Unlike Jurgen Klopp that believes that there could be a reason why Liverpool’s fans booed the national anthem, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said there was “no” reason for such a “shameful” action.

“Obviously the events over the weekend, it was a great shame that as we were marking 150 years of the FA Cup, an event that brings people together, a small minority chose to act in that way.”

Why did Liverpool supporters boo the UK national anthem ‘God Save the Queen’

Why did Liverpool supporters boo the UK national anthem 'God Save the Queen'

‘God Save the Queen’ is the national or royal anthem in most Commonwealth countries and British Crown Dependencies which was adopted in September 1745, which means that it has been 276 years since the anthem is being used to honor the British crown.

The alternative to the anthem is “God Save the King” if the British ruling figure is a male. Whenever the anthem comes up, people are expected to honor it by singing along and/or standstill.

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But on Saturday, May 14, Liverpool’s fans decided to boo it making millions of people across the world start asking why they chose to do so on live TV.

Though there is no official reason why Liverpool’s fans decided to boo the national anthem, it is being speculated that the people of Liverpool want a fairer society where things would not be perfect for only the British crown but all British people.

John Gibbons from Liverpool fan podcast ‘The Anfield Wrap’ told the BBC that those who are interested in how Liverpool’s fans booed the national anthem should ask why the people of Liverpool feel “a disconnect from a royal family sat on gold thrones telling people they are going to have tough times ahead”.

“It’s something Liverpool fans feel strongly about. It’s a city that wants to be vocal about how we think this country should be and how we should live in a fairer society”, Gibbons added.

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