Liverpool FC’s legendary defender, Jamie Carragher, has started a petition with the aim of Budapest hosting all home matches of the club. Although the initiative is in jest, recent results prove that Liverpool footballers feel at home at Puskás Aréna.
Liverpool has been struggling in the English Premiership for months. They did not bag a home win since December, and what is even worse, they have broken records with six straight Premier League defeats at home- the worst run ever in the history of the club, which is unexpected from one of Europe’s best teams that won the Premiership last season.
However, Budapest’s Puskás Aréna feels like home for Liverpool players these days, unlike their own Anfield Road. The Reds played their last two Champions League matches against RB Leipzig in Hungary due to Germany’s coronavirus restrictions. Although Liverpool’s German manager, Jürgen Klopp, voiced his concern over choosing a country with worse actual pandemic data than Germany or the United Kingdom, Budapest brought Pool luck.
Liverpool won both matches against Leipzig, a team that reached the CL semi-final last year, paving their way to the quarter-finals. The double success meant that Liverpool also managed to win their first “home” match since mid-December.
No wonder that club legend, Jamie Carragher, jokingly started a petition addressed to the UK’s government and Parliament, asking them to “Let Liverpool play all their remaining home games of this season in Budapest.”
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