10 Liverpool Stars Jurgen Klopp Has Banned From Touching Iconic 'This is Anfield' Sign

10 Liverpool Stars Jurgen Klopp Has Banned From Touching Iconic 'This is Anfield' Sign

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 7, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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  • Liverpool players are accustomed to touching the 'This is Anfield' sign before matches
  • However, the pre-game tradition is only reserved for select players, with others banned
  • Klopp directed in 2016 that only players who have won a trophy with the club can partake

The 'This is Anfield' sign is one of the standout and most revered features of Liverpool's stadium.

The iconic sign is placed in the tunnel of the facility, away from the full glare of the public.

Virgil van Dijk touching the "This is Anfield" sign during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield. Photo by Andrew Powell.
Virgil van Dijk touching the "This is Anfield" sign during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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According to SPORTbible, the sign is the last thing the players see before making their way onto the pitch.

Given its significance, Liverpool stars have made it a tradition to touch it on their way out of the tunnel.

However, this tradition is reserved for only a special lot of players, with more than 10 of the current squad banned from engaging in the act.

It is understood that Klopp put a stop to the tradition back in 2016 until they won something.

Liverpool stars banned from touching Anfield sign

Given that Liverpool last won a trophy in 2022 and with Klopp's directive still in place, there are at least 10 players not allowed to touch the Anfield sign.

The players include Darwin Nunez, who joined the Reds from Benfica just a month after the club had won the 2022 FA Cup.

Cody Gakpo, who arrived from Ajax, and Alexis Mac Allister are the other players banned from the pre-game ritual.

Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, Ryan Gravenberch, and Ben Doak are joining the trio on the list.

Academy graduates Jarell Quansah and Conor Bradley also do not enjoy that privilege.

Be that as it may, the 10 players have a chance to end their ban in the coming days when Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.

According to Goal, the match is scheduled for Sunday, February 25, at Wembley Stadium.

Klopp could have left Liverpool earlier

Meanwhile, it has now emerged that Klopp could have left Liverpool earlier than his anticipated date of end of the season.

Sports Brief reported on Pep Lijnders disclosing that the German contemplated departing the club at some point.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.