The Premier League has asked Premier League clubs to play the national anthem ahead of next week’s fixtures (Picture: Getty)
The Premier League has requested that every Premier League club staging fixtures next weekend plays the national anthem ahead of kick-off.
While that demand, intended as a mark of respect during King Charles III’s Coronation weekend, is unlikely to cause any issue at the majority of top flight grounds, it places Liverpool in something a quandary ahead of their game against Brentford.
The Reds are due to take on Thomas Frank’s side next Saturday at 17.30 at Anfield in a game that is also due to be aired live on Sky Sports.
A large group of Liverpool fans were condemned last May when they booed the national anthem ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
‘Of course I have thoughts,’ said Klopp when asked for his take on the reaction which marred the build-up to last year’s Wembley showpiece. ‘But in these situations I think it’s always best to ask the question ‘why do they do it?’
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‘I know our people well enough that they would not do it if there was no reason. I am not here long enough to understand the reason. But it is for sure something historical, and that’s a question you can answer better than I ever could.
‘Our fans, and I know a few fans from other clubs see it slightly differently, the majority are wonderful people, smart and go through lows and highs, suffer together.
‘They wouldn’t do it if there was no reason. That’s what I know. Maybe we should ask this question.
Prince William, meanwhile, President of the Football Association since 2006, was jeered back in August when he shook hands with players from Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the Community Shield at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are yet to make a decision as to whether the anthem will be aired next weekend.
The booing stems less from the objection to the Queen or King and the monarchy, and more to do with the city of Liverpool’s opposition of the class system – spearheaded by the Royals – which has contributed to poverty, unemployment and hardship in the city dating back to the 1980s.
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