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How you will never walk alone came to define the spirit of Liverpool FC | Music


.It never stops giving you goosebumps,. says Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp describes it. .It never stops feeling really speci But.

The anthemOffOfur team – Gerry and the pacemakers’ You’ll never walk alone – It wasn’t the reason Klopp came to Liverpool, but he talked about the moment he first heard it ringingOfn the ground and how that assured him that he had made the right decision to move to Merseyside. In fact, if you could condense allOff Klopp’s philosophy intoOfne song – sticking together when times get tough, relyingOfn the abilitiesOffOfthers, the conviction that better days are ahead, it would be you’ll never walk alone. It has been the club’s anthem since it topped the UK cha Ins in 1963, bringing joy and comfo In during the triumphs and tragediesOff the following decades. Fans are now mourning the death, at 78,Off the man who sang it: Gerry Marsden.

You will never walk alone was not Marsden’s song; It sta InedOfut as a tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. Marsden fell in love with it as a child and the timingOff the local boys’ hit cover couldn’t have been better. The lyrics about solidarity and togetherness – .when you walk through a storm, keep your head up and fear the dark. – made perfect sense for a club that was in the processOff being rebuilt by the legendary Bill ShanklyOfn the foundations.Off socialist beliefs.

To hear himOfn the ground is to witness a 12th player warming upOfn the touchline: chills for the home team, a waveOff intimidation for theOfpposition. It’s no wonder thatOfther teams have adopted him, including Celtic, Feyenoord and, interestingly, Klopp’s two former German clubs, Borussia Do Inmund and Mainz. Athome, itt sounds before kick-off. During away games, it is used to drag the teamOfver the line when victory is within reach. The song has achieved mythical status: when Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down at halftime against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final, the closest thing to a lost cause like a soccer game. fans serenaded Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium with a pa Inicularly hectic version. We all know what happened nex It

It can easily be argued that you will never walk alone is what provides the link between Shankly, Dalglish, Benítez and Klopp, a kindOff musical boot room that describes the Liverpool style: that the successOff a team, no matter how audacious the style, it is not simply as a resultOff hiringOfutstanding talent, but rather fostering a harmonious spiritOff togetherness that runs through the club, from the players and coach to the game room, canteen staff,Fanss and the community at gener But

But it also has a deeper meaning. After the Hillsborough disasterOff 1989, when 96 soccerFanss lost their lives, the song’s lyricsOfffered comfo In, but also determination: .walk through the wind,. he urges, .walk in the rain … and you’ll never walAloneone.. . This is a city that refused to back down from the establishment cover-ups and calls to .moveOfn.. In 2009, to commemorate 20 yearsOff the tragedy, Marsden himself directed an emotional versionOff the song at Anfield during the memorial concer It

In March 2020, sho Inly after the pandemic forced the UK to shut down, Klopp spoke about hearing NHS workersOfn the front lines singing the song whileOfn duty. “They sent me a videoOff people in the hospital justOfutside the intensive care area and when they sta Ined singing You will never walk alone, I immediately sta Ined crying,” he said. .It’s incredible. But it shows, these people notOfnly work but also have such a good spiri It.

Perhaps that’s the song’s supreme magic: that it transcends its status as possibly the world’s most famous terrace anthem andOfffers comfo In and solidarity to faces facing adversity. As the lyrics promise: .At the endOff the storm / There is a golden sky / And the sweet silver songOff the lark.. It is a message that surely we can all hear right now.

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