Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the Reds squad are now allowed to touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign in the tunnel of the legendary stadium following the Champions League victory last season.
Around three years ago, the boss had said: “I’ve told my players not to touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something. It’s a sign of respect.”
Following the Champions League win in Madrid, though, the players have now earned the right. Klopp says that was one of the questions that the players asked him in the aftermath of the final.
Via the Daily Star, he said: “The boys asked me if we will now touch the sign in the stadium, so why not? It’s OK now. I’m not sure if I will do it, though, because last year we had done so well and didn’t touch it. It’s just good to have the licence.”
It’s a very small detail but it shows the respect and the class of the man – and his players – that the rule was implemented in the first place.
Since the Reds last won a trophy, the League Cup in 2012, the Anfield sign has moved thanks to the new Main Stand’s construction. It’s still iconic in Reds folklore, though, and it will be nice to see that tradition of touching it for good luck back at Anfield for the new season.
Hopefully, the Reds can back up last season’s Champions League win by putting another trophy in the cabinet, and there won’t any need for another rule like this one to come in again any time soon.