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“Don’t like this”: Klopp condemns homophobic chanting by Liverpool fans aimed at Chelsea loanee

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Jurgen Klopp left unhappy by homophobic chants from Liverpool fans towards Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, sat down with KopOuts founder Paul Amann, the club’s LGBTQ+ fans group (h/t Sky Sports), and condemned the homophobic chants towards Billy Gilmour.

The Reds played Norwich City in their opening Premier League game last weekend. They went on to produce a sublime performance in a 3-0 win against the Canaries, who won promotion to the first division last season.

But a good day on the field was marred by some fans in the stadium that targeted Gilmour with abusive chants. The 20-year-old midfielder is at Carrow Road on loan from Chelsea.

The chants, believed to be referring to the word ‘re** boy”, have previously been condemned as well. Nevertheless, Klopp’s interference in the matter should yield considerable results.

The German manager flat out stated his disliking for the chant. He rightly mentioned that the wordings would make non-Chelsea fans uncomfortable too.

“I never liked it and I don’t like this. Especially in our case, we have probably the best songbook in the world. It’s easy to decide not to sing the song anymore. I heard it. It’s from no perspective the nicest song in the world, so it’s not necessary. It obviously makes people uncomfortable of our own fan group. For our supporters group and for me, that means: done, let’s go for another one.”

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool fans to stop using the homophobic chant aimed towards Chelsea loanee, Billy Gilmour.
Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool fans to stop using the homophobic chant aimed towards Chelsea loanee, Billy Gilmour. (GETTY Images)

The former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz manager is spot on. The Reds fans have one of the best songbooks in the world and it is easy to stop using this particular chant.

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Banter is a part and parcel of life but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Unawareness about an issue can push people towards doing, or saying, wrong things – and hopefully, Klopp’s intervention is all it takes to leave this tasteless chant in the past.