ALTHOUGH the Liverpool team had to be content with runners-up medals after their Carling Cup defeat, their fans proved they were the victors in terms of who can make the most noise.
Environmental health officers were stationed at either end of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium during Sunday's Chelsea-Liverpool clash in a bid to find out which team had the loudest supporters.
Decibel meters, often employed in a bid to settle noise disputes, were used and results were compared to discover which set of fans achieved the highest decibel reading. The test is the first time that the volume of spectator noise at the stadium has been measured and council officials believe it could be the first time a reading has ever been taken of a football crowd.
Despite Chelsea beating Liverpool 3-2, Liverpool supporters still managed to roar ahead in the volume stakes with a maximum reading of 130.7 decibels.
This was four decibels higher than Chelsea and two higher than the current world record for the "Loudest Stadium Roar," which was set by the Denver Broncos in October 2000 with a reading of 128.74 decibels.
The loudest point came when John Arne Riise put Liverpool ahead in the first minute. Chelsea fans reached a high of 126.5 decibels. Liverpool's average volume level was also higher, at 93.5 decibels, compared with Chelsea's 92.2 decibels.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard recorded a decibel count four higher than any other player as the team line-ups were announced.
Sam Ward, Carling Cup Sponsorship Manager, said: "The Carling Cup is all about the fans and what a performance from both sets of supporters. This year's competition has attracted more fans than any before and smashing the world record is a great way to top it off."
As was the case when Liverpool played Arsenal and Manchester United in the same Cardiff stadium in recent years, the Liverpool supporters not only made the most noise but also provided the most colour, with hundreds of banners and flags on display.
And among the more unusual sights was a massive framed portrait of Rafael Benitez, which was carried down Cardiff's Westgate Street before the match.