Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp underwent a barrage of abuse from several quarters following his side’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. With his decision to get the players to join hands and salute the Kop after the Reds managed to score a late goal to salvage a point heavily criticised.
Many people laid into the 48-year-old German manager for making his players celebrate the 95th minute goal that rescued a point against Tony Pulis’ bruisers, with a draw against a team like West Brom certainly not seen as an achievement.
Others meanwhile, saw it for what it really was, the team thanking the fans for their support and showing the paying customer that no matter how bleak the situation may look, with the crowd behind the team nothing is impossible. This is arguably something that the management at Arsenal should embrace as well.
In Germany, Klopp was well-known for getting the team to thank the fans at the Westfalenstadion following home games, and it would now appear as though he wants to keep the tradition alive on Merseyside.
We admire this type of team spirit and togetherness that Klopp is trying to instill at Anfield, and feel that it is perhaps the right time for the bosses at Arsenal to see if they can find a way to give something back to their loyal supporters – who pay more money than any other fan in the Premiership to watch their team play (via the Mirror).
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Klopp, of course, is a product of the Bundesliga, where fan ownership of the team and affordable tickets come above corporate profit. With the German league allowing safe standing areas for their supporters, it not only aids in the atmosphere at the grounds, but makes ticket prices affordable to the average working man.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror quoting last season’s average tickets prices in the Premiership compared to the Bundesliga, English fans pay on average four times more than their German counterparts.
At the Emirates many fans struggle to attend matches due the enormous cost of tickets, and feel as though they are disconnected from the multi-million pound players that they are paying to watch.
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Modern football is a far cry from how it used to be when you could walk into your local pub and see your Saturday afternoon heroes having a pint following the match, and while these days will never come back it is nice to see a manager urging his team to re-connect with their fan base, making everyone feel as though they are all one big family.