This is Anfield: The history.

This is Anfield. The most famous sign in Liverpool FC club history. The feared sign that both home and away players see as they walk down the tunnel onto the Anfield pitch.

Where does the ‘This is Anfield’ sign originate from?

This is Anfield is a famous phrase that Liverpool FC are known by. One of most feared stadiums and atmospheres in world football is Anfield. Both home and away players are greated to this famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign in the Anfield tunnel. This inspires Liverpool players but can intimidate opposing players. Could you imagine seeing this prior to the electric welcoming by the fans singing the famous ‘You’ll never walk alone’?

However, who actually knows where this famous phrase and sign come from? When did it start? Who had this idea?

Would you have ever thought that this longstanding tradition originated from the Liverpool FC groundsman at the time? He suggested that a ”Welcome to Anfield” sign should be placed in the players tunnel at Anfield. Bill Shankly was very keen on the idea but wanted it to be more intimidating. Therefore ‘This is Anfield’ became the famous motto.

Why did Bill Shankly change it?

Why would you want to welcome your opponent when you are trying to win. As mentioned above, Bill Shankly wanted a more intimidating sign to put fear into the away team.

Bill Shankly's famous quote when putting up the  'This is Anfield sign'. It is there to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against.

This is Anfield.
The famous quote by Bill Shankly

Additionally, he wanted to remind those in red were aware of the stature of club they were playing for. The famous statement spoken by Shankly was “it’s there to remind our lads who they’re playing for and to remind the opposition who they’re playing against”. Since then, it has always been a tradition to have this sign in the Anfield tunnel.

Klopp honours ‘This is Anfield’ sign

Since Klopp’s arrival, he has made it very clear that he is superstitious and loves the famous sign. He made it very clear to his players that nobody is allowed to touch that sign until they have contributed to Liverpool FC’s history. It wasn’t until 2018 that players were given permission to do so, after winning the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp has showed respect and highlighted the importance of this sign, which has started a growing tradition within the Liverpool camp. There is no doubt that is something we will see for many years to come.

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Published by Brentton Barrett

a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry, MSc in Pharmaclogy and currenly I am entering the final year of my PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology. With science aside, I have always enjoyed writing, so why not write about my alternate passion; sport! BleachSport is my blog which allows me to put science to one side, and express my ideas with those around the world who share the same sporting interests. Born and raised in London, UK with a particular love for football/soccer and the NBA. I am always up for discussions or debates on various sporting topics so if you want to propose a topic or ask something directly, do not hesitate.

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