Sunday , July 3 2022

Jurgen Klop changes Liverpool's Anfield rule – but only two players follow


Jordan Henderson and Ginny Wijnaldum were the only two Liverpool stars to touch the famous "It's Anfield" sign before the Reds' victory over Norwich.

Manager Jurgen Klopp banned his players from approaching and caressing the emblematic sign when they took to the field at Anfield, as was Merseyside tradition until they won a trophy at the club.

Klopp said in 2016: "I told my players not to touch the 'This Is Anfield' sign until they win something.

"It's a sign of respect. I touched him when I was Borussia Dortmund's manager, but we lost by 4-0."

After the Reds lifted the Champions League last season, after their 2-0 triumph over Tottenham, the rule has changed.

But only Captain Henderson and midfielder Vijnalum slaughtered their pre-match rituals to include the tunnel exit section.

Dutchman Wijnaldum wrote on Instagram: "The boss wouldn't let us tighten the mark until we won a trophy … now is the time. #ThisIsAnfield."

No other player, not even Klop, decided to leave their fingerprints on the framed image.

Virgil van Dyke walks under the famous sign "It's Anfield"

Jurgen Klop has relaxed his rule on the sign

Liverpool opened the season with a 4-1 win, with Grant Hanley's own goal followed by hits by Virgil van Dyke, Mohammed Salah and Divok Origi.

Despite the new change to Anfield rules, Clope decided to show the Champions League trophy.

"Nobody told me they should!" He said when asked why they hadn't taken the glass. "I touched the European Cup (at the CL final) on the day of the match and the day after, not since.

"We are now in the new season and I don't need to think about it anymore."

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