LONDON (AFP) – Manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool fans on Thursday (Aug 19) to stop their homophobic chanting, labelling those who did during the 3-0 Premier League victory at Norwich last Saturday as “idiots”.
Choruses of “Chelsea rent boy” – aimed at Billy Gilmour who is on loan at Norwich from the Champions League holders – could be heard emanating from the away fans section.
Liverpool subsequently denounced the chants and the German did not hold back on his disdain after he met Paul Amann, the founder of Liverpool LGBT+ fans group Kop Outs, on Thursday.
“I never understand why you would sing a song if it was against something in a football stadium,” Klopp said in an interview on Liverpool’s official Twitter account.
“I never got that. I never liked it. In our case we have probably the best songbook in the world.
“It’s easy to decide not to sing the song any more.
“So, we can decide now, this is not our song any more.
“I’m not sure if people listen to me but it would be nice.
“I don’t want to hear it any more, for so many reasons.”
Klopp added that with age comes a certain amount of wisdom and choosing one’s words with more care.
“I’m 54 now and when I was 20 we said so many things which we didn’t think about,” said the German.
“And meanwhile, thank God 34 years later we learnt it’s just not right to say.”
Klopp said the song did nothing to motivate him or the players.
“It’s definitely a waste of time,” he said.
“When they start singing ‘Bobby Firmino’, ‘Mo Salah’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ this kind of stuff, that gives you goosebumps and a push.
“The other songs are completely a waste of time and if you think (believe) what you sing, you are an idiot.”
Klopp will know if he has been listened to come Saturday when his 2020 champions host Burnley.