Wednesday 28 June 2017

Paul Hayward: The Liverpool tribalists who are destroying a great club’s legacy

Liverpool players wear t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez during the warm-up before a Premier League game. Photo: Getty Images
Liverpool players wear t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez during the warm-up before a Premier League game. Photo: Getty Images

We were there as neutrals, but the impression stuck. All football clubs radiate distinct characteristics. They have a feel and a mood and a tone. For too long now Liverpool’s communal outlook has been obscured by a kind of free-floating rage which passed from the Hicks and Gillett years to the Luis Suárez saga, torching all in its path.

We were there as neutrals, but the impression stuck. All football clubs radiate distinct characteristics. They have a feel and a mood and a tone. For too long now Liverpool’s communal outlook has been obscured by a kind of free-floating rage which passed from the Hicks and Gillett years to the Luis Suárez saga, torching all in its path.

As the Suárez uproar finally recedes (until the Manchester United game on Feb 11), the light settles on the astounding tide of vilification and anger stemming from some Liverpool fans, who have used Twitter, blogs and other social media sites to express volcanic indignation at outsiders who dare to be critical of the player or Liverpool’s myopic handling of the case.

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