Unity Is Strength: Everyone Playing Their Part In The Reds’ Run In6 min read
With less than a month to go in the 2018-19 campaign, this Liverpool team is on course for an historic season. Their staggering progress in three and a half years under Jurgen Klopp can be explained by numerous positive changes on and off the field.
But it’s one distinguished part of this institution’s footballing fabric that remains as influential as ever.
This Is Anfield
The power of the Anfield roar is written in folklore while still being as prominent as ever today. Countless successes on the pitch have been attributed by those involved to the support in the stands.
Bill Shankly famously once said of the Kop “Sometimes they suck into the back of the net”. It feels just as accurate a statement now as it did in 1965 after those late winners at the Kop end against Everton and Tottenham recently.
Take a trip back to 2005; Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho implied that the Kop influenced the awarding of the decisive “Ghost Goal” against his team in the Champions League semi-final: “a goal coming from the moon or from the Anfield Road stands”.
🎬| Liverpool vs Chelsea 2005 Anfield 🔥
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) April 13, 2019
The rest was history, but not before the Reds’ travelling European support was at it again, rousing the team back from the impossible at half-time in Istanbul.
The compliments on Anfield’s magic continue to stack up to this day. Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted after a Champions League defeat that it left his side “running around like headless chickens”.
Last season, Pep Guardiola twice acknowledged that the “special” atmosphere affected his team during their losses in the Premier League and Champions League.
Passion Beyond Reason
Unity is strength. Club owners FSG recognise this and have taken lengths to develop and preserve a unique relationship between the club and its fans.
Today we’ve confirmed that ticket prices for the 2019/20 season will be frozen.
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) March 29, 2019
The bond is now stronger than it has been for over a decade. It has helped to create a platform for the manager, players, and fans of this generation to write some history of their own together.
Nothing accentuated this sense of union more than last season’s Champions League campaign.
The most iconic images of the season were the scenes at the end of the away legs at the Etihad stadium in Manchester and Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Players and travelling fans deliriously celebrated their brilliance together – the happiest moments for a long time. Unity is strength.
One Last Rallying Cry
This season, supporters have upped their game along with the players for this relentless push for the league title. Ahead of the home match with Bournemouth in February this year, supporter group Spion Kop 1906 urged fans to “get in early and enjoy the best Liverpool team in recent years.”
Liverpudlians duly obliged and it didn’t go unnoticed. Several players let their feelings known about the exceptionally positive and raucous Saturday afternoon support.
“Some people go to the game and maybe don’t understand how important they are at affecting it but they are.” – Andy Robertson
A week later, the manager’s message as they prepared for an early kick-off against Burnley was “go to bed at 10pm latest, don’t drink and be on your toes from the first to the last second.” This newfound pre-match call-to-arms routine from Klopp to the supporters was delivered again for the recent home victory over Chelsea.
Gini Wijnaldum, Dejan Lovren and Xerdan Shaqiri paid tribute to the home crowd in a recent interview filmed exclusively with BetVictor.
The message keeps coming through during this no-margin-for-error season: The supporters matter in all this.
The cauldron that the Anfield devotees create can strike fear into any opponent and simultaneously inspire its own recruits. It could yet make all the difference in one of the most intense title races in English football history.
Liverpool’s famous followers will have plenty to shout about for the foreseeable future. How it all ends this season for this outstanding football team remains in the balance, but when everyone is together – to quote Gini Wijnaldum in the video – everything is possible.