Liverpool legend John Aldridge has waxed lyrical about the Anfield faithful, and believes their supportive power is so good that they’d be able to push Manchester City to a Champions League final if they switched allegiance.
Prior to the big game last weekend, between City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola said that Anfield is like no other stadium in the world – which, when you consider his CV, is very flattering.
And it’s this atmosphere that can be found inside the red cauldron that Aldo thinks is so special.
“The atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous again and the Anfield crowd know exactly to react when they’re asked to by the manager,” he wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“When our lot are on it and really get behind the team, there really is nowhere better.
“For Guardiola to say, it’s the hottest ground in world football, wow what a show of respect that is from a man who’s played and coached all over the world.
“He knows that if City had a crowd like ours, they would get to the Champions League final because they are able to help so much.
“Unfortunately for him, it’s like a concrete jungle at the Etihad, there’s no atmosphere there.
“Anfield is a hotbed and we know that it has made the difference on many occasions in the past and pushed the Liverpool team beyond what they thought they were capable of.
“Liverpudlians have always good at responding to calls to arms but the Klopp factor has taken it onto a new level, such is the respect and love the fans have for the boss.”
Like Also, we are bias, but he’s absolutely spot on – Anfield is renowned for its incredible atmosphere, so much so rival fans try to take the p*ss when it’s a bit quiet for, like, ten minutes.
The power of the “12th man is a real thing”, and Anfield is proof of that. How many times in the past have we really needed something special, for it to deliver at our home?
Special stadium. Special fans. Special club.