Remember when Jose Mourinho moaned at Chelsea’s supporters to be more like Liverpool ones?
That must have been absolutely horrible to take for Stamford Bridge regulars, and since then – it’s always been obvious that the Portuguese rates the power of Anfield immensely highly.
So much so, the Manchester United boss – who spent a barbaric amount of cash in the summer – asked Jamie Carragher in a private conversation how big Anfield will be once the expansion is complete.
Carragher explained the chat to the official website, ahead of Liverpool’s first home game in front of 54,000 people since the 1970s.
“I think everywhere you go, when you are with England or you speak to foreign players, Anfield around the world is renowned for a huge atmosphere,” he began.
“I speak to Thierry Henry doing Sky and he always talks about it. They always wish they had it at their own clubs and I think that says it all.
“The interesting one was Jose Mourinho. At Soccer Aid he was the manager for a charity game and he asked me how many more people were going to be at Anfield with the new stand. I told him it would be an extra seven or eight thousand and he was like ‘that is massive’.
“So he’s well aware of the atmosphere. But not just him, I think everybody is and going there when Liverpool are playing well on the front foot with the crowd behind you as well [will be tough]. I know we’ve said it before and it’s a cliché, but it’s certainly true at Liverpool, [they are] the extra man – the 12th man.”
Now it’s the job of the fans to make bigger, better Anfield even noisier, and for the team to inspire them with on-field performances. It’s about give and take – us helping them when they need support – and them getting us off our seats!
It would be fantastic if Liverpool can hit the ground running at home and collect three points against the Premier League champions.