Why Liverpool fans traditionally booed the English national anthem at the FA Cup final

The national anthem was traditionally played again before the showpiece final at Wembley, but Liverpool fans did not respond positively to the tune

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Liverpool fans booed the national anthem again ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Traditionally, “God Save The Queen” was sung along with “Abide With Me” before kick-off at the National Stadium, but the Reds fans in attendance booed both tunes. However, this is something Liverpool fans have been doing for years.

Both anthems were booed by large sections of Liverpool supporters, having done so against the same opponents ahead of the Carabao Cup final earlier this season – the Reds eventually emerged victorious via a dramatic penalty shoot-out in February.

Some will surely wonder why Reds fans despise this tune so much, but it seems the boos can be traced back to the 1980s. Fierce opposition to the then Conservative government and the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy drove a wedge between the city and the rest of the country.

Those on Merseyside also feel the current government continues to put their welfare aside, with food banks outside Anfield and Goodison a regular fixture. Indeed, Liverpool supporters have further expressed their disdain for patriotism with a sign reading “Scouse Not English” which is regularly seen at the home of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The German himself has previously shared his thoughts on the boos and fans did the same ahead of the 2019 Community Shield against Manchester City. He said: “I don’t think I’m the right person (to ask), I know a bit about the story but it’s not up to me to judge.

Liverpool fans booed the national anthem at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

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“I know Liverpool fans are respectful. If they give that sign, it might be a bit in the past. But I have nothing more to say about that.”

While the pre-game boos were controversial, it didn’t seem to have affected the side’s preparations for the clash with Chelsea. The Reds started with a terrific pace, with Luis Diaz in particular causing the Blues some trouble and forcing Edouard Mendy to make a handful of saves.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s troops eventually managed to gain a foothold at Wembley as the Reds were crushed by some injury problems. Brazil goalkeeper Alisson required treatment after a violent clash with Marcos Alonso, while star striker Mohamed Salah was substituted in the first half and replaced by Diogo Jota.

The result at Wembley notwithstanding, Liverpool still have another opportunity to grab some season-ending silver with the upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid. Klopp will be hoping to call on the battered Salah as the Egyptian was withdrawn when the sides last met.

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