Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp calls fans involved in homophobic chanting ‘idiots’

Travelling supporters targeted Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour at Carrow Road

 Norwich City’s  Billy Gilmour challenges Liverpool’s   Roberto Firmino   during the Premier League match at Carrow Road. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Norwich City’s Billy Gilmour challenges Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino during the Premier League match at Carrow Road. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

 

Jürgen Klopp has told Liverpool supporters he does not want to hear any further homophobic chants as he labelled those who targeted Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour as ‘idiots’.

Liverpool won 3-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday in their opening Premier League game of the campaign but the victory was marred by chants aimed at Gilmour, on loan at the Canaries from Chelsea.

Choruses of “Chelsea rent boy” could be heard from the away section, with Liverpool quick to condemn the chants after the game, labelling it “offensive and inappropriate”.

Klopp sat down with Paul Amann, the founder of Liverpool LGBT+ fans group Kop Outs, on Thursday to express his dismay at the abuse and call on supporters to stop such chants.

“I never understand why you would sing a song if it was against something in a football stadium,” Klopp said in an interview on Liverpool’s official Twitter.

“I never got that. I never liked it. In our case we have probably the best songbook in the world.

“It’s easy to decide not to sing the song any more. So, we can decide now, this is not our song any more, so I’m not sure if people listen to me but it would be nice.

“I don’t want to hear it any more, for so many reasons. We obviously live in a time where we learn a lot in the moment.

“I’m 54 now and when I was 20 we said so many things which we didn’t think about. And meanwhile, thank God, 34 years later we learned it’s just not right to say.”

Klopp also suggested such chants do not help him on the touchline or the players on the pitch do their job and was not impressed with those who sang at Gilmour.

“From a player or coach perspective, I can see these songs don’t help as well as it’s like a waste of time,” he added.

“It’s definitely a waste of time because I hear in the stadium when they start singing ‘Bobby Firmino’, ‘Mo Salah’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

“This kind of stuff, that gives you goosebumps and a push, the other songs are completely a waste of time and if you think [believe] what you sing, you are an idiot.

“If you don’t think about what you’re singing in that situation. It’s just a waste of time, forget it and go for another song.”

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