A significant number of Liverpool fans booed the national anthem ahead of their Premier League match against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
As the first notes of God Save The King began to play as both teams lined up around the center circle, the majority of the Anfield crowd protested, before The Kop began chanting “Liverpool”. “.
The Premier League has asked all clubs playing at home this weekend to play the national anthem to mark the King’s coronation.
Liverpool confirmed on Friday morning that they would do so despite a longstanding animosity between the club’s fans and what they see as grassroots.
“Just over a week ago, the Premier League contacted all the clubs in the country and offered to mark this historic event with home matches this weekend and provide a list of activities. encourage clubs to join,” they said.
“Before the game starts and in recognition of the request to mark the Premier League’s coronation, players and officials will gather around the center circle as the national anthem plays.
“Of course, it’s a personal choice how the folks at Anfield on Saturday mark the occasion and we know some supporters have strong views on that.”
Potential trouble was warned when the club played Fulham in the league on Wednesday night, and fans sang: “You can stick your coronation on your a**e”.
In May last year, supporters also booed the national anthem during the FA Cup final attended by the Prince of Wales.
The club’s manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that “the position of the club is my position. I have said a few times this is definitely a topic on which I cannot comment. correct”.
Journalist Caoimhe O’Neill told The Athletic that “it’s something that Liverpool fans have been doing for a long time. It’s always been an anti-establishment protest”.
“It feels like it’s a movement and a protest and something that’s probably not always respected – people just rush into it like something is going to upset the king or something like that. .
“It’s not necessarily about him or the royal family. That’s the important point to make: it’s about the whole establishment, this consortium of things Liverpool fans don’t agree with.”