Klopp insists ‘wonderful’ Liverpool fans would not boo national anthem ‘without a reason’

Jurgen Klopp has defended the Liverpool fans, insisting they would not boo the national anthem and Prince William “without a reason”.

Reds fans booed the national anthem at Wembley before kicking off their FA Cup final against Chelsea.

They also jeered when the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was introduced to the crowd, drawing criticism towards the club’s fanbase.

Following their FA Cup success on Saturday, Liverpool are preparing to take on Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Klopp was asked about the booing and he was quick to defend the fans, calling them “wonderful people”.

“Of course I have thoughts, but I think always in this sort of situation it is best to ask the question ‘Why did it happen’”, Klopp explained (quotes via Metro).

“I know our people so well that they would not do it if there is not a reason for it. I have not been here long enough for sure to understand the reason. That’s for sure something historical and that’s probably a question you can answer much better than I can.”

The German manager added: “I know some from other clubs see it slightly different, but the majority of our fans are wonderful people, really smart.

“They understand, they go through lows and highs, suffer together. They wouldn’t do it if there was not a reason, that’s what I know. It was not something I enjoyed or whatever, but that’s the answer.”

As well as discussing the Premier League title race, Klopp was asked about the Champions League final. Liverpool will take on Real Madrid in Paris on May 28 and the German does not think his side are “massive favourites”.

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He said: “It would be massive if we win in two weeks’ time in the Champions League. But we play the most experienced Champions League team.

“We aren’t massive favourites. They win the league already. Between now and then, two massive games.”

Klopp continued: “If we play a season like we play and we win the Carabao and fight for the title until the end, I think it’s a good season.

“The FA Cup is a massive competition. It felt great. It takes pressure off and makes it more enjoyable.”

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