News From Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp thanks LFC fans for ongoing efforts to stamp out homophobic chanting

The Reds boss says the role played by supporters in trying to put an end to this type of offensive chanting will allow fans from the LGBT+ community to feel as welcome as they should feel.

Klopp has been vocal on this issue in the past and met with Paul Amann founder of Kop Outs to discuss the impact such incidents have on fans from the LGBT+ community, following homophobic chanting at Norwich City in August 2021.

Kop Outs, which is backed by the club, is a fan group that was formed in 2016 to provide a voice for LGBT+ supporters, representing their needs and raising awareness of the challenges and concerns they face.

Now the LFC manager has used his voice once again as his side prepares for Saturdays 12:30 kick-off against Graham Potters Chelsea at Anfield.

In his programme notes for tomorrows game he writes:

With Chelsea being our opponents, it makes sense that I also show gratitude to our supporters for the work they have done in stopping a chant which does not fit in with the traits of our city, our club or our people.

I will not refer to it by name in this column because I think the less we can hear about it and see it the better but the really, really positive thing is that fans have come together to try to make it a thing of the past.

We can already feel the effects of this. Positive steps have been made and hopefully this will allow our supporters from the LGBT+ community to feel as welcome as they should.

This was the message I received when I spoke with Paul Amann from Kop Outs a couple of years ago. He just wanted the chant to stop so that our all our fans could feel more welcome.

I did not think it was too much of an ask then and I do not think it is too much of an ask now so it is good to see the support Kop Outs are receiving. Hopefully this will carry on not only today but also in the future.

Red Together is Liverpool FCs commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and brings together the clubs aims to be the most inclusive in football, provide fair opportunities to as many different people as possible, and welcome and meet their needs in the best way possible.

Incidents of abuse or discrimination, either online or in person, can be reported to the club at www.liverpoolfc.com/reportabuse.