Jordan Henderson Decision to Sing National Anthem Divides Fans in Premier League Clash with Brentford
The Premier League match between Liverpool and Brentford on Saturday evening was marked by controversy when the national anthem played to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III and the Queen Consort, at the request of the Premier League.
Anti-monarch Liverpool supporters inside Anfield booed and drowned out God Save The King, while signs and banners reading ‘not my king’ were held aloft before kick-off. The hostile reaction was widely expected, but still shocked onlookers, with some labeling Liverpool supporters who revolted as “pathetic.”
Amidst the controversy, Liverpool captain and England national team player Jordan Henderson was one of the few players who sang along from the bench. However, Liverpool-born players Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones appeared to remain silent, sparking further debate and division among Liverpool supporters.
While some fans praised Henderson for his decision to sing, others labeled him a disgrace and called for his immediate departure from the club. Similarly, some fans celebrated Alexander-Arnold for refusing to sing, calling him a hero. Other fans joined rival onlookers in condemning the actions of the protesting Liverpool supporters.
Despite the divisive reactions, some viewers expressed sympathy for Henderson and his decision to sing, highlighting his English roots and long-standing career with Liverpool. One onlooker questioned why Henderson was being “terrorised” by his own fans for singing the national anthem.
The playing of the national anthem at the game has sparked strong reactions and exposed deep divisions among Liverpool supporters. The incident highlights the intersection of sports and politics, and the tensions that can arise when national identity and personal beliefs clash with team loyalty.