Liverpool fell to defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, and Steve Nicol has spoken to ESPN to criticise the fans who left Anfield early after seeing the Eagles take the lead.
Nicol said: “I definitely think there will be some sort of impact [after Klopp’s comments]. Anyone that gets up with five minutes to go better be ready for some vitriol from the rest of the supporters - and rightly so. I don’t think some fans realise the difference they actually make.”
Liverpool fans started leaving when Scott Dann headed the winning goal, although at the time it was scored, there was still plenty of time for the Reds to potentially score an equaliser.
In the aftermath of the game, head coach Jurgen Klopp also expressed his disappointment with the Liverpool fans, and Nicol believes that Klopp’s comments will have an effect upon the supporters from now on.
Nicol wants to see fans who continue to leave criticised by those who are staying to support a side, because they do actually make a difference if they remain at the ground.
A late surge of passion from the crowd can urge a team into scoring another goal, whilst players are surely downhearted if they see their own fans leaving before the end of a game.
Nicol shares the same opinion as Klopp on how the Liverpool supporters should act, and it would be good to see Anfield remaining packed to the rafters for every minute of every game for the rest of the season.