The Premier League has asked its clubs to play the national anthem before their matches in light of King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6.
However, as per the Daily Mail, this move is likely to cause a potential issue with Liverpool whose fans repeatedly express their disdain for the establishment.
With the Reds due to host Brentford next Saturday live on Sky Sports, the officials may find themselves in a difficult position.
Liverpool will likely face criticism if they don’t play the anthem next week at Anfield, but they risk more booing from the supporters if they choose to do so.
Most Premier League clubs are expected to play God Save the King ahead of their games over Coronation weekend.
Why do Liverpool fans boo the national anthem?
Many Liverpool fans live by the mantra of ‘Scouse not English’ – a sentiment borne out of anti-establishment feelings around their city.
Perceived persecution by Conservative governments dating back to Margaret Thatcher’s era is central to how many people from Liverpool feel.
The concept of a Royal Family is also alien to Liverpudlians, who refuse to ‘doff their caps’ to a group of people they view as overly privileged.
The Premier League are undoubtedly well within their rights to ask clubs to play the national anthem.
Liverpool fans will feel they are justified in booing if it is played by the club.
By contrast, royalists will argue they are disrespectful and it is not difficult to remain silent for the duration of the anthem.
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