Is Anfield's famed atmosphere disappearing?

Published on 22 December 2023 at 20:01

Despite a terrific beginning to their “rebuild season”, Liverpool’s historically endeared fortress is failing to live up to expectations. 


Perhaps a symptom of a more concerning disease, Anfield, one of world football’s most famed stadiums, is suffering from a lack of energy and excitement in recent months. While many are not fortunate enough to secure a ticket to see the famous grounds in first person, my own personal experiences visiting the grounds may provide some level of valuable insight into the current predicament Anfield is facing. 


From phone-zoned tourists to fatigued day trippers, it has become evident that the crowds Anfield once attracted have slowly vanished into obscurity amongst the new normal.  


Holding my ticket into the famous Kop in my hand (albeit digital), I eagerly anticipated what was sure to be the most exciting night of football I have ever been able to physically attend. Liverpool’s derby day showdown against Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United had thunder written all over it – particularly following the Red Devil’s last visit to Anfield which ended in a historical 7-0 victory in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. A win which would see Liverpool remain the league leaders alongside a massive six-point advantage over Manchester City, the pre match atmosphere at Anfield all the way up until the cherished songs of old were sung before kicking off was electric – until a unified quiet which remained amongst the fans until the final whistle.  


It is no secret that Anfield has always been Liverpool’s number one weapon, especially in Europe. Known for being a cauldron of intensity and passion, some of football’s most iconic figures including Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have declared their disdain for visiting the ground in any fixture. Once such a power is diminished, the question arises in what way it may affect the squad. 


Speaking after Liverpool’s fantastic 5-1 victory over West Ham on Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp stated: “We need Anfield on their toes from the first second without me having an argument with the opposition coach. We need you from the first second. 

"If you really want, if it's too much football in December, I don't know. Sorry we have to play it as well. But if you are not in the right shape, give your ticket to somebody else." 


While the issue persists, how must it change? In the modern era of football is reverting to a more classic approach of filling up stadiums practical?  

Liverpool supporter group Spirit of Shankly had this to say about the matter; "We do have concerns though about the lack of opportunities for young supporters to go to the game, catch the bug and preserve this decades-long culture of The Kop. And deep-rooted worries that our culture is being watered down by greater corporate offerings and out-of-reach ticket prices - echoed by supporters across the Premier League. 

"We are in constant dialogue with the club to explore ways we can improve the situation, get more youngsters to experience Anfield and create the best atmosphere possible. Every game". 

Hope is not lost for Anfield’s atmosphere, and any recent issues can become undone. The question, however, is no longer a matter of when – but if. 


Written by Oisin O'Sullivan

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