There was a social media uproar after Manchester United’s Wout Weghorst recently touched the “This is Anfield” sign, but it turns out there are tougher guidelines for touching the sign than you may think
In fact, several Liverpool players are prohibited from doing so.
Jurgen Klopp enforced a rule in his early days at the club that Liverpool stars may only do so once they had won a trophy.
“I’ve advised my players not to touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something,” he declared at the time, at the outset of his reign at Anfield. “It’s a gesture of respect.”
This means that six members of the Liverpool squad have yet to perform the pre-match protocol.
January enrollment Cody Gakpo, Calvin Ramsay, Arthur Melo, Nat Phillips, Stefan Bajcetic, and Rhys Williams have all yet to win a title with the Reds.
It comes after Weghorst irritated many United fans following their 7-0 loss to Liverpool.
In a video shared online, Weghorst was seen touching the famed “This Is Anfield” sign as both sides exited the tunnel before kickoff
Weghorst has since addressed the criticism. The striker claimed on Instagram that he touched the placard to “wind up” teammate Dutchman Virgl van Dijk. He stated: “I know from the national team that Virgil constantly touches the symbol. My only objective was to keep him from touching it and wind him up.”
The 30-year-old went on to say: “Usually, I don’t respond to media topics, but this one is worth it since you fantastic Manchester United fans mean a lot to me.
“As a child, I was a fan of FC Twente, and as a proud Manchester United player now, my loyalty to the club will never be called into question.
“Sunday was a bad day for all of us, we are putting all into making it right in the next weeks. We will regroup and fulfill our goals this season.
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