I have watched English football for many years and often spend Saturday mornings with matches on in the background. I know many of the most popular players, but have never mustered enough interest to pick a team and become a true supporter. As an American with no regional affiliation, it seems rather arbitrary, as if they are brands on a shelf.
Even from this distance, I am aware of Liverpool and the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” that is sung by fans at the beginning and end of each match. This song (and Liverpool football history) became much more fascinating to me to after listening to an episode of John Green’s podcast Anthropocene Reviewed in which he tells two stories about Liverpool.
Even if you’re not a football fan, John’s podcast is scripted and his writing is amazing. You should listen.
It should be noted that Liverpool had a record-breaking season that started in 2019. They were ready to cruise to their first EPL championship since 1990. With just a handful of matches remaining, coronavirus stopped all play and the season was canceled or postponed. The heartbreak!
Here’s a video of the fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone