Liverpool beat Wolves 4-0 at Anfield and it was a delightful performance. An extremely enjoyable 90 minutes of football. But that’s not why we’ll remember this game in five years.
We’ll remember it for the return of fans for the first time since the pandemic. A moment when things finally felt right in a Liverpool game again. Jürgen Klopp seemed downright moved by it.
“Wasn’t it the perfect night?” BBC Sport report the Liverpool manager as saying. “Imagine 10 months ago people would have told us we would have a game and 2,000 people would turn up. When we came out we all had goosebumps. I had no idea how it would feel. It was perfect. The noise, what the people did, they were on their toes you could see and feel and smell. They had waited so long for it.
“It is so much more enjoyable with people involved.
“The game, the atmosphere, it was so nice. I had goosebumps. They started ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ - really nice. I never knew it could feel that good.
“This started in February and we were waiting to get normality back. normality is good - I don’t think we appreciated it as much. It was very very touching.
”Having people inside the stadium, hopefully we can build on that as a society, not just a football society. As long as nobody tells me someone was injured then it’s been a perfect night. Getting out of the dressing room for the warm-up, that was a proper goosebump moment.
“There were a few challenges before the game - Wolves play different systems. I gave the boys information about how to press them. The boys were outstanding with how they dealt with them - our best result against Wolves.”
Klopp is speaking the truth here. Football is starting to feel like football again.