As Liverpool and Real Madrid face each other in Paris in the Champions League final, the battle for Europe’s top club glory has polarized football viewers. The Merseyside team has always enjoyed support from their loyal fan base, who more than make their presence felt at the Kop end of Anfield. Going into Stade de France, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp can be sure to receive a semblance of this support, which Liverpool fans often display through their choice of chants. 

The electrifying atmosphere, which is tangible in any CL final, is accentuated by the songs fans sing in unison, some of which praise individual players in the team while others point to the rich history of the Premier League club, which comes from the birthplace of The Beatles. Here are five Liverpool chants to watch out for in the Champions League final. 

You’ll Never Walk Alone

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ has become more than a song for Liverpool. It is a tagline for the club, and is often used in the abbreviated form “YNWA”. Such is the power of the track, popularized in the UK by Gerry and the Peacemakers, that others like Celtic and Borussia Dortmund have adopted it too. 

It plays before every Liverpool game and sets the tone for the match, and will surely do so in the final as well. 

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Legend has it that Gerry Marsden presented a copy of the song to Bill Shankly, who managed the Reds at the time. Tommy Smith, a player on that team, noted that Shankly was “in awe of what he heard”, as per Goal. 

Shankly also picked the song ahead of the FA Cup final in 1965, while appearing on BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio show. Footage of that game is the first evidence of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ being sung. 

Since then, the track became a phenomenon, to the extent that Pink Floyd sampled Liverpool crowd chants of the song in ‘Fearless’, which appeared in their ‘Meddle’ album. 

Allez Allez Allez!

While YNWA is Liverpool’s mantra and philosophy, this chant is relatively new and started gaining traction during the Reds’ attempt at European glory in the 2017-2018 season. 

A group of Liverpool fans in Porto started the current version of the song which the PL side has adopted. It is inspired by the 1985 song “L’Estate Sta Finendo” (“The Summer Is Ending”). The “Allez Allez Allez” chorus was simple and catchy, which got many in the stands singing along despite not knowing the lyrics. 

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Scouse musician and Liverpool fan Jamie Webster, was present when this chant began and he sensed its potential, thus getting his own version out. 

“I’d heard murmurs of it at Anfield before”, Webster told New York Times, adding “But in Porto there was a group of lads singing it. People didn’t know the words, but they were trying to follow them. I wanted to get it out there.” 

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The chant started in 2018, and then bellowed out from the stands in 2019, when Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur to win the CL trophy. It’ll be heard tonight as the Reds take on Los Blancos. 

Calm as you like, he’s Virgil van Dijk

The Virgil van Dijk chant is a testament to the enormous impact the Dutch defender has had at Liverpool.

Inspired by the tune of Celtic punk band, The Progues’ ‘Dirty Old Town’, the chant praises the defender’s ability, skill, and habit of scoring goals whenever he moves up the pitch. The defender himself is a fan of the song. 

The Gini Wijnaldum chant 

Simple and easy to remember, with only the Liverpool midfielder’s name appearing, the ‘Gini Wijnaldum’ chant has nonetheless become a favourite among Liverpool fans. 

The Dutch midfielder’s known for his ball retention and fans chant this whenever Wijnaldum makes a solid tackle, pulls off a great cross, or finds the back of the net. The tune comes from a song by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners, called ‘This Girl’. 

One kiss was all it took – Liverpool’s love affair with Dua Lipa

One of the most recent but intensely popular chants on Liverpool fans’ lips is Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”. It began in 2018, when she performed at the CL closing ceremony in Kyiv. The chorus “One kiss is all it takes/Fallin’ in love with me/Possibilities”, has become a favourite since then, with the singer saying to the club’s official website in 2020 “I felt very honoured”. 

While Dua Lipa describes herself as an honourary Liverpool supporter and has claimed that she loves Liverpool, which has a special place in her heart, the singer has split loyalties, since her father and brother support Arsenal, as told in a Wired interview.