Klopp and the players thank the crowd.

Jurgen Klopp can rekindle Anfield atmosphere at Liverpool

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Much was made of Jurgen Klopp's decision to thank the Anfield faithful after their 2-2 draw at home to West Brom last weekend.

It may be a common thing to do in Germany but it has never been seen in England, certainly not after a disappointing result.

In truth, the atmosphere for the majority of the 90 minutes was pretty ordinary. However, the fact that the crowd stayed until the final whistle would have pleased Klopp immensely.


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Towards the end of Liverpool's 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace last month, many fans left with a few minutes remaining, giving up hope of a late equaliser.

Klopp responded by stating that he "felt alone" towards the end of the match and felt that the players need to give the fans the belief that they can grab a late goal to prevent them from leaving.

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Fast forward a month and not one fan dare leave their seat as the Reds pushed for a leveller against West Brom. During the eight additional minutes the Anfield crowd came alive. The noise was incredible.


And it helped the team as Divock Origi's deflected effect found it's way into Boaz Myhill's net in the 96th minute, sending the Kop into raptures.

Klopp had no hesitation but to thank the fans immediately afterwards, similar to what he did with Dortmund after every match. The players, however, were slightly reluctant, not wanting to seem pleased with another disappointing result at home.

But it was the gesture more than anything.

By thanking the fans, Klopp's relationship with the Liverpool fans has truly started.


When he arrived at Liverpool, he was probably expecting an atmosphere like he had seen on those famous Champions League nights. He was probably expecting an atmosphere like he had experienced at Dortmund. 

Dortmund's Kop, the 'Yellow Wall', can hold 25,000 standing fans during a Bundesliga match and probably boasts the best atmosphere in the world.

Liverpool's Kop can hold just over 12,000 fans and, in recent years, has been lacking its famous atmosphere - especially during matches against lesser teams.


Fortress Anfield

But Klopp has the ability to bring back the intimidating Kop once more and turn Anfield into a fortress once again.

His thanking of the fans was a message. A message to the fans to repeat that noise that they created in the last five minutes in future matches.

A little thank you from Klopp and his players could go a long way to transforming the team's fortunes at home. They have picked up just 12 points from their eight matches at home failing to beat the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and West Brom on home soil.

There is no doubt that you can expect a much more fiery Anfield in future matches after Klopp's antics last week and there definitely won't be anyone leaving early.


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Steven Gerrard
Premier League

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