Team manager Jürgen Klopp from Liverpool FC criticized their own fans for homophobic chants and prompted them to rethink.
“When they start singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it gives you goose bumps and a boost. The other songs are a complete waste of time, and if you believe in what you are singing, then you are an idiot”, said Klopp.
In the Premier League opening game last Saturday, supporters of the Reds had insulted professional Billy Gilmour hosted by Norwich City as a “hustler”. The club condemned the behavior, Klopp met on Thursday with Paul Amann, founder of the Liverpool LGBT fan group “Kop Outs”.
“I will never understand why you sing a song against something in a football stadium,” the coach was quoted as saying on the club’s Twitter account. And further: “I never understood that. I never liked it.”
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Klopp: “It would be nice if people listen to me”
Especially at Liverpool such excesses are completely unnecessary. “We probably have the best songbook in the world,” said Klopp. It is therefore easy to stop singing the offensive song. “We can now decide: this is no longer our song. I’m not sure if people will listen to me, but it would be nice.”
Klopp remembered mistakes from old times. “I’m 54 now and when I was 20 we said so many things that we didn’t even think about,” said the former professional: “And now, 34 years later, thank God we’ve learned that it just doesn’t is right to say such a thing. “