Liverpool vs Ajax: Why are fans afraid of holding a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth?


Asked if Klopp is calling for a minute’s silence before the game, he said: “Yes, I think it’s the right thing to do.

“But I don’t think our people need any advice from me to show respect.”

The German mentioned his team’s fans joined Manchester United fans at Anfield last season in support of Cristiano Ronaldo and his family after the death of his child.

“There were plenty of examples where our people showed proper respect,” added Klopp.

“One that surprised me, and I was very proud of that moment, we played Man United last year about the very sad situation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s family, and that’s what I hope for.

“To me, that’s clearly what we have to do. That’s it.”

Booing the national anthem

But why was Klopp asked if he expected the tribute — requested by the club itself — to be respected by the Anfield faithful?

In May, some Liverpool fans chanted “Abide With Me” and “God Save the Queen” during last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley. Prince William was also booed when he appeared on the field.

At the time, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, condemned those who were booed.

After that game, Klopp said the booing of the England national anthem “wasn’t something I liked”, but added: “It’s always the best: ‘Why is this happening?’ They wouldn’t do it without reason.”

The fans’ reaction to the FA Cup final became headline news in the UK. But it wasn’t the first time it happened.

Fans had the same reaction to the national anthem at the Carabao Cup final in February and the 2012 FA Cup final. It’s a way for some of the club’s supporters to express their opposition to the organization, and it’s an opportunity to do so in front of a worldwide audience.

Speaking on BBC Radio Merseyside in May, John Gibbons of Liverpool fans’ podcast The Anfield Wrap said: “It’s something that Liverpool fans feel strongly about. It’s about how we think this country should be and how we should live. it’s a city that wants to express a fairer society.”
Liverpool was a city that suffered particularly during the deindustrialization of the UK economy in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1981, dire economic conditions combined with tensions between the police and the African-Caribbean community led to nine days of rioting in the city.

After the disaster, Margaret Thatcher’s government spoke of the “managed decline” of the city.

During this decade of Conservative rule, Liverpudlians saw themselves as outsiders, separate from the rest of the country, and the state’s handling of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 further cemented these anti-establishment feelings.
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The waving of the national anthem at football matches when the team played at Wembley — a frequent occurrence given Liverpool’s dominance of English football at this time — became widespread and remains so today. The reaction in the English media is still shocking.

The UK is once again in an era where millions of people in the UK are facing financial hardship or the prospect of what is being described as a ‘cost of living’ crisis this winter.

Social and economic inequality is something that continues to anger many in the city on the left. Significantly, it was Liverpool and Everton supporters who launched the Fans’ Supporting Foodbanks in 2015, an initiative aimed at tackling food poverty in the UK.

In the same interview in May, Gibbons said: “Maybe come to Liverpool and talk to people and visit food banks and see how some people in this city are struggling.”

According to journalist Tony Evans, during the 1965 FA Cup final, Liverpool fans started chanting “God Save Our Team”, and in the 1970s, “the boos got louder and louder”.

“It’s now an ingrained Wembley tradition,” he wrote earlier this year.

That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean fans will observe a minute’s silence at Anfield on Tuesday night in honor of Queen Elizabeth.