ANFIELD is famous worldwide for being one of the true footballing Cathedrals. So now, available now for everyone of the Red faith, is the revered ‘hymn’ book.
The Anfield Songbook contains the lyrics to every anthem sung on the Kop throughout the generations, as well as the songs reserved solely for away days.
From Shankly and Spackman, to Houllier and Hamann, as well as ditties to a whole host of cult heroes such as past players Torben Piechnik and Erik Meijer, they are all in there.
A major part of Anfield’s enduring magic is not just the club’s unparalleled trophy haul or it’s star-studded Hall of Fame, but also the unique atmosphere generated by the Kop when in full flow and voice.
While the newly published songbook stops short of claiming it is entirely definitive, the book does a remarkable job in documenting the hundreds of songs performed by Liverpool fans throughout the years.
The Kop’s legendary reputation has long since earned the respect of famous football names all over the world, including Johan Cruyff, who once mused: “There is not one club in Europe with an anthem like You’ll Never Walk Alone.
“There is not one club so united with the fans.
“I sat there watching the Liverpool fans, and they sent shivers down my spine; a mass of 40,000 people became one force behind their team. That’s something not many teams have. For that I admire Liverpool more than anything.”
Thierry Henry has also previously waxed lyrical about the Anfield sound: “There’s something about it that you can’t explain,” he once said
“I love it when you step out of the dressing-room and you see the Kop, the scarves, and (hear people) singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. Just that, that would do it for me.”
The sound of the Kop has even left an impression on Linda Pizzutti, wife of new LFC owner John W Henry.
As reported last month she said, via social networking site Twitter: “...and finally experiencing the famous Kop. Hearing, seeing and feeling the massive force of it is incredible.”
Reds legend, John Aldridge memorably claimed that ‘Chelsea fans should bring ear mufflers’ in anticipation of the atmosphere, ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash of 2005 and 70s superstar Kevin Keegan has even admitted to shedding tears at Anfield.
He once said: “When they start singing You’ll never Walk Alone, my eyes start to water. There have been times when I’ve actually been crying while I’ve been playing.”
Filled with a finely balanced mix of the humorous and the heart-warming, The Anfield Songbook takes fans down memory lane with the sound of the Kop ringing in their ears.
There are the emotional, sobering and sincere lines about the Hillsborough disaster in ‘Fields of Anfield Road’, ‘Beside the Hillsborough flame, I heard a Kopite mourn, Why so many taken on that day? Justice has never been done.’
As well as songs sang with tongues firmly in cheeks, such as ‘Who needs a Zidane, when you’ve a Cheyrou’ in reference to an ultimately misguided comparison by former Reds manager Gerard Houllier.
The renowned Scouse wit is rife throughout with lines like ‘He’s quick, he’s Red, he talks like Father Ted, Robbie Keane.’ and ‘So before immigration break down the door, you can’t take Gonzalez, he isn’t illegal no more.’ (in reference to Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez being granted a work permit to play for the Reds).
The Kop’s current favourites are in there too.
‘The Torres Bounce’, ‘Steve Gerrard, Gerrard’ and a ‘Team of Carraghers’ as well as the timeless classics ‘Scouser Tommy’ and of course, the most famous anthem in football ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
And to the tune of the Beatles anthem Hello, Goodbye, there is even a song musing on the pronunciation of French striker David Ngog’s surname which goes:
“You say Ngog, and I say Ngog.....Ngog N go, I don’t know why you say Ngog I say Ngog....’
So for anybody who doesn’t quite know the second verse of the Anfield rap, or anyone who dreams of resurrecting a long forgotten chant, then this one is for you.