Liverpool fans were in full voice at Anfield as they belted out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal on Thursday night.
The Reds are hoping their rapturous fans can inspire them to turn around a 1-0 deficit against their Spanish opponents.
And if their performance is anything like the fans’ rendition of Liverpool’s famous anthem, they’ll breeze through to the final. Scroll down to watch the spine-tingling footage.
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The streets around Anfield were a sea of red as fans prepared for the big game.
In the quarter-final clash against Borussia Dortmund, the fans pushed Jurgen Klopp’s side over the line in a pulsating 4-3 win and it will be up to those packed inside the stadium to spur them on again.
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Liverpool fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'
Liverpool trail thanks to Adrian Lopez’s 92nd-minute winner at the Estadio El Madrigal last week. They have work to do but there are few better places to play in when the chips are down than Anfield.
Kopites cherish these moments; in front of the floodlights, their team with work to do. Last month’s win over Dortmund joined that game against Olympiacos 11 years ago in memorable European nights in the club’s history.
Fans will be key
And Klopp knows exactly how important the fans will be in tonight’s game, asking them to create a similarly imposing atmosphere to the one Thomas Tuchel’s side ultimately floundered in.
“If we can create - with our game - a similar atmosphere as we did against Dortmund, then it will be much more difficult for Villarreal than they imagine in this moment. That is how it is,” Klopp said, per the Telegraph.
“It's another atmosphere, it's another game.
“I do not know what they know about Anfield. In the moment they scored in the last minute of the game to make it 1-0 and if you don't celebrate then there's something wrong. So it's not a big surprise that they celebrated like this. It's more about when my colleague said after the game that 1-0 was the result he dreamed of.
“The only thing I felt at this moment was half time. Nothing happened, you have to come to Anfield. It was what I felt and I'm still feeling this.”
The term ‘12th man’ is often thrown around without too much meaning. But in Liverpool’s case, the fans genuinely play a part in the team’s success.
It didn’t take Klopp, who arrived on Merseyside in October, long to realise this.
“I have not enough words to describe the support,” he continued. “It is one of the things in life you can not buy.
“It is most special. The main thing in football is the moment when you are all together. I saw some videos of how our fans celebrated our fourth goal (against Dortmund). It’s a moment – it’s only football – but this for the whole Liverpool world.”
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