Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool fans for booing British national anthem ‘God Save the King’ on the day of coronation

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Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, has defended Liverpool supporters for jeering during the playing of “God Save the King” before the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Brentford on Saturday, May 6, the same day King Charles was crowned as the new monarch of the United Kingdom.

After the league management contacted the clubs playing home games and requested that they take notice of the occasion, Liverpool football club announced that it will play the “God Save the King” song.

Before the game began, the club played the national anthem, but there were resounding booing from the crowd even before it began.

In the 1980s, Liverpool supporters began jeering the national anthem in opposition to Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party and her alleged neglect of the city.

Because of this, many Liverpudlians felt alienated from the rest of the nation; at Anfield, placards declaring “Scouse not English” were frequently visible among the throng.

Before the FA Cup final a year ago and the Community Shield in July, Liverpool supporters booed the former national hymn God Save the Queen vociferously.

Manager Klopp of Liverpool responded to the jeers by saying:

‘First and foremost, [it] is a big day for England and I respect that a lot.

”Everyone who wants to be happy about it and wants to celebrate it is allowed to celebrate it. We have, thank God – and not everything now is better than it was in the past – but we have freedom of speech. That means a free opinion as well.

‘It was clear that something like this would happen, I think everyone knew it. And that is allowed, meanwhile. That is fine.

‘Nothing else happened and there was not any kind of chants or anything like that. It was just that the people showed [their feelings].

‘I don’t know exactly what it is, some things I know about, not all. But the people of Liverpool in the past were not always happy with how the city or the club was dealt with. So that is what they did.

‘I think really today, for all other people who love the day – and I am not sure if you say congratulations to the King but if you did then I do that here – but people who celebrate it, they do that here.

‘Other people who are not happy about it they say it and then that’s it. I think that is absolutely OK.’

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