It’s a special thing, that Anfield sign.
It may not be stuck above the gladiator-style tunnel of old, which intimately positioned battle-ready players within inches of one another, but the forewarning message remains very much the same: “This is Anfield.”
Not since 2016 had any Liverpool star been deemed worthy enough to caress the iconic poster’s borders on their way to the pitch. That particular honour was restricted by Jurgen Klopp, who decided he’d only allow his players to do so when they won something.
Well, fast forward to present day and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham in last season’s Champions League final now means the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino and Alisson can all slap the plaque to their hearts’ content. Lucky them!
Friday night’s bout against Norwich City presented the squad with their first opportunity to enjoy their newfound freedom, and Georginio Wijnaldum seized it with an open hand…
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There’s plenty more success to come as well, by the looks of things.