Liverpool fans loudly boo God Save The King before Carabao Cup final vs Chelsea | Football | Sport

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Liverpool fans were heard booing during the singing of God Save the King before the start of the Carabao Cup final. Harry Lineker sung the national anthem minutes before kick-off but it was largely drowned out by noise from the Liverpool end at Wembley.

Liverpool fans have gained a reputation for booing the national anthem at cup finals and other high-profile matches over the years. It has been going on since the 1980s, with many Reds supporters having a fractured relationship with national institutions.

The ‘managed decline’ of the city of Liverpool by successive Conservative governments created a feeling of hatred between many of its people and the country’s leaders. The covering up of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 also did irreversible damage to the relationship between the city’s residents and those in power.

Supporters of Liverpool use their booing of the national anthem to express their frustrations with the establishment. It has happened multiple times in recent years, while they also jeered the anthem during last year’s coronation of King Charles before a game against Brentford.

On that occasion, Liverpool decided to play the anthem at Anfield despite being aware of the reaction it would likely provoke.

They said in a statement at the time: “The Premier League had advised clubs to play God Save the King before kick-off, but did not make it compulsory. It is, of course, a personal choice how those at Anfield on Saturday mark this occasion and we know some supporters have strong views on it.”

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