Liverpool fans are undergoing a crazy rollercoaster of emotions this season. They can’t seem to figure out exactly how to react to their side’s topsy-turvy form in the early part of the campaign.
So far, the Reds have defeated the likes of Manchester City and Napoli (in the Champions League) – but lost to the likes of Nottingham Forest and Leeds United in the Premier League.
The loss to Leeds came at the weekend. Jesse Marsch’s side capitalized on Liverpool’s nervousness by going away with a thrilling win thanks to a very late winner from Crysensio Summerville in the 89th minute.
In doing so, they ended Virgil van Dijk’s unbeaten record of over 60 games at Anfield and dealt another loss to Liverpool.
The result left the Reds 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal and 8 behind the Premier League top 4 as well.
While fans were treated to a dramatic, thrilling spectacle inside Anfield – some ugly scenes took place outside the stadium before the game kick-started.
Thousands of Leeds supporters travelled in from their city to Liverpool for the game. While the majority were peaceful and just had a good time in a rare win at Anfield, there were some who looked to cause trouble.
One Leeds United fan decided to try and trigger the Liverpool faithful by waving The Sun newspaper outside Lime Street station. He was clearly looking to start a fight or trouble, an unfortunate habit among some football fans.
The hatred that the Liverpool fans have for The Sun is well-known across England. This goes decades back due to the newspaper’s shocking coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy that took place in 1989.
97 Liverpool supporters lost their lives due to the incident, which saw the police fail to properly guide the supporters – resulting in a stand being horribly overcrowded and a major stampede taking place.
The Sun infuriated the Liverpool supporters by running a front-page news story covering the tragedy, in which they put much of the blame on the fans themselves rather than the police. This has caused the Liverpool fans to detest the newspaper, which they see as evil after that coverage.
Knowing that history, the Leeds supporter decided to rile up some of the Liverpool faithful. However, he’s received a sweet dose of Karma for his actions. Leeds United have taken swift action against the supporter to ensure this doesn’t happen anymore.
The Whites have confirmed through an official email that the Leeds fan in question has been punished after an investigation from the club.
They have confirmed that the supporter will be banned from attending any of Leeds United’s fixtures going forward – be it home or away.
Leeds also warned other supporters from doing such a thing in the future, insisting that ‘persons who behave in such a way will receive sanctions’.
This has been deemed as a classy gesture from the club, which proved that any rivalry between the two sides is strictly on the pitch and not outside of it.