Shame about poverty and cruel songs are a sad reflection for some, but real soccer fans know what solidarity means.


He would have witnessed a remarkable performance by the Reds – as close to perfection as Jurgen Klopp’s side had achieved – and another transcendent performance by a 21-year-old West Derby player named Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Had Boris Johnson decided to tune in to the coverage of the breathtaking demolition of Leicester City by Liverpool from its £20,000-a-week Caribbean Christmas retreat, he would have noticed several other things.

While some try to spread the division from the terraces, solidarity remains, writes Liam Thorp

For the second time within a few weeks, a number of Foxes fans (certainly not the majority) took it upon themselves to chant the name of the prime minister in the direction of the Sound fans.

However, if the conservative Prime Minister had steered clear of the sound of popping champagne corks and listened carefully, he would have heard his own name ring out in parts of the King Power stadium last night.

And if Mr Johnson had casually browsed social media after the game, perhaps relaxing by the pool in his mustique villa, he would have seen several videos of a small number of Leicester fans holding logos of The S*n newspaper against the Reds’ travelling fans.

In Goodison before Christmas there were chants about Mr Johnson selling the NHS, while last night there were numerous reports of a song suggesting that the newly elected Prime Minister will “take away” the benefits to the people of Liverpool.

He has probably also noticed the strange verse of the “Feed the Scousers” song, which can be heard on a few properties at this time of year.

At this point it is crucial to point out a few things.

The first one is that these actions were of course not the work of the majority of the fans, but of a vociferous minority who saw it as their duty to insult those who ended up on the outside.

Football fans will always be aiming at each other – a tribal feeling of rivalry and competition is one of the most important facets of the game we all love, and football would be a much weaker proposition without them.

And secondly, fans of all clubs are known to abandon their team – nobody is suggesting that this is a specific issue for Leicester – but the proximity of the events at the last two matches makes this remarkable.

However, one must not forget that this is traditionally a working class game. Five of the 12 founding members of the Football League were clubs from mill towns.

Leicester, like Liverpool, has great problems with poverty-which has increased sharply in the past nine years as the conservative government has worn down austerity policies.

In Liverpool, one in three children is placed in this grim category, as countless families worry daily about where to get their next meal.

One can assume that this new idea of chanting Liverpool and Everton fans about Boris Johnson and the Tories is based on the fact that the city flatly rejected the conservative prime minister in an election when many other former Labour strongholds decided to support him.

In 2018, figures indicated that 34,000 children in the city in the East Midlands were growing up in poverty – a figure that was and still is rising.


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