When they weren’t, there were choruses of the Steven Gerrard chant, sung while the manager responsible for that 2-0 loss to Chelsea in 2014 was in their own dugout.
Chants about poverty are nothing new at Anfield, but they certainly brought the Liverpool supporters into life on Wednesday night, producing one of the most ferocious atmospheres seen during Jurgen Klopp‘s reign.
The players responded with a stunning fightback to draw 3-3 in normal time and then win 5-4 on penalties, while a suspiciously strong Leicester lineup time-wasted and play-acted.
Liverpool players mob goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher after he made two saves in the penalty shoot-out to take them through to the semi-final ? ? pic.twitter.com/vnhDqZKpLe
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 22, 2021
Something clearly got to Diogo Jota, scorer of the Reds’ second goal and the winning spot-kick, as after he clinched victory, he tore over to the away supporters.
— Jacob (@AllAboutTheMane) December 22, 2021
— Jan Aage Fjørtoft ???? ?? (@JanAageFjortoft) December 22, 2021
They were brilliant scenes which fit the spirit of the night, as Liverpool came back from the brink and sealed a semi-final place.
I hope you enjoyed that as much as me ?
Merry Christmas Reds ? pic.twitter.com/ORgZsXTq93
— Diogo Jota (@DiogoJota18) December 23, 2021
Watching on, Liverpool fans took to social media to praise Jota for his celebrations:
Loved Jota giving it the big one to the morons in their end after the winner.
Support foodbanks and fuck anyone who thinks poverty or kids going hungry is a laughing matter. pic.twitter.com/sMjW0W30Lx
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) December 22, 2021
Diogo Jota has the biggest balls in the league. FACT.
1.) Kasper Schmeichel trying to shithouse and make Jota walk for the penalty. Jota ignores it, ref has to go and collect it.
2.) Jota twats one in the bottom corner.
3.) Celebrates in front of the Leicester fans.
Love him. pic.twitter.com/ryYSVPDRgj
— Jay (@ScouseSocialism) December 22, 2021
Fuck I love Jota
Schmeichel dropped the ball in front of him wanting Jota to come up to him to collect the ball but Jota just stood on the penalty spot.
In the end the ref had to go and get the ball. ?
Then gave it large to the Leicester fans ??
— Darren Brodie (@brodobaggins5) December 22, 2021
Some venom in Diogo Jota's celebrations with the penalty (you might not get to see one of the camera angles before the watershed) but no question his intensity was transformative for Liverpool. An absolutely outstanding signing.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) December 22, 2021
Jota's celebration here ? https://t.co/dUtiOKPNeb
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) December 22, 2021
HAHHAAHA Jota is such a shithouse man, he got the Suarez and robbo gene ??
— Eden (@theKloppEnd_) December 22, 2021
Really really good sticking it to their end by Jota btw pic.twitter.com/27RAa79LCu
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) December 22, 2021
Jota is a certified comrade and he fucking hates the feed the scousers chants as much as the rest of us https://t.co/Q2WFVTrLQr
— Anfield Fix ?? (@AnfieldFix) December 22, 2021
I’ve not seen a Liverpool player celebrate so exuberantly in front of Leicester City fans since Robbie Fowler ‘adjusted his jockstrap’ at Filbert Street on Boxing Day 1994 #LIVLEI #LFC pic.twitter.com/V2e7fh0sU5
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) December 22, 2021
Jota’s goal on Wednesday night was his 12th of the season, putting him only one behind his total for the previous campaign and bringing his overall tally to 25 in 52 games for Liverpool.
It was a remarkable impact from the No. 20, who sparked the Reds to action alongside the likes of Williams, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, and his celebrations showed he completely gets it.
Feed the Scousers? Feed the Jota and he will score.