Phil Thompson: Leaving Anfield early is not the Liverpool way
By Coral Barry
Phil Thompson has insisted he would never leave Anfield early and suggested that to do so isn’t ‘Liverpool-like’.
The club legend, who won three European cups as a Liverpool player, was speaking after Jurgen Klopp commented on Liverpool supporters leaving after Scott Dann got the late goal which proved to be the winner in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Klopp said he felt very “alone” after witnessing a stream of fan exits before the final whistle and Thompson understands the manager’s view.
“This is a way of life at a Premier League ground,” said Thompson. “People leave early. I wouldn’t, even if I was getting wet, but people are different, and live different distances [from the ground].
“I could say it is not Liverpool-like, but people do have to leave early.
“I would love it if people stayed, like Jurgen Klopp. Everybody should stay, see the team through to the end. We have seen, particularly in the Premier League, plenty of late goals turn games.
“Fans leaving was not the reason Liverpool lost that game. You just have to look at Klopp at the end, he was drenched – it was a downpour. All those areas around Jurgen are where people will get wet too.”
Klopp put the exodus down to his players’ inability to inspire the Anfield crowd after the 82nd minute goal from Scott Dann put Palace ahead.
“We are responsible that nobody can leave the stadium a minute before the last whistle because everything can happen,” explained the German.
“Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals, if you want, but you have to work for it.
“That is what we have to show and we didn’t, and things are like they are. We decide when it is over.”