By George Overhill

1st Nov, 2022 | 6:30am

BBC journalist describes 'feral' moment in Anfield away end as Leeds United beat Liverpool

The Leeds United fans produced “football in its purest moment” as they celebrated Crysencio Summerville’s late winner at Anfield, according to Adam Pope.

The young Whites winger took control of a touch from Patrick Bamford after a Wilfried Gnonto cross and poked an 89th-minute strike past Alisson to secure a 2-1 win, inflicting a first home league loss on Virgil van Dijk in his time with the Reds.

United fans in the away end erupted as the Dutchman removed his shirt and set off in celebration, and BBC journalist Pope has celebrated the “special” nature of it, clear from the press box high in the main stand, in an age of manufactured supporter passion.

Speaking on the BBC’s Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast on Monday (31 October, 11min 55sec) Pope said: “There’s something very special about seeing a Leeds end limbs go like that, because there’s very few clubs who do it without flags, without manufactured stuff, it’s a proper, just feral thing.

“To witness it from where we were, six floors up in this main stand, it’s a long way away and you can hear the noise erupt, but it’s something really special.

“When we’re sat around half-and-half scarves and flag city… what we’re seeing is football in its purest moment and it was great. There was no VAR to ruin it, it was just pure Leeds, it was ace.”


Whatever the calibre of the product on the pitch the fans tend to maintain their place as leading purveyors of the “limbs” that Pope described.

But away at a Liverpool side that barely ever loses at home, with the manager in danger of losing his job having not recorded a victory in over two months, it was always going to take it to the next level.

Make it a winner at the death and it is pretty much the perfect combination to set off a memorable reaction in the stands, as it no doubt did in pubs and front rooms all round West Yorkshire.

The result lifted Leeds United out of the relegation zone and gave a the side a crucial emotional boost at a time when things seemed to be slipping in the wrong direction without control.

It will mean nothing however without consolidation against Bournemouth on Saturday (5 November), but surely has taken some pressure off that game and lifted the spirits of the players.

Jesse Marsch lives to fight another day, and if he gets his players to fight like they did on Merseyside again he will stay there.

It was one result, but it was a huge one claimed in dramatic circumstances, and could be the start of a crucial revival, but either way it will be a moment those fans in the away end will remember for a long time.

In other Leeds United news, the behaviour of the 49ers in relation to the Whites is causing Phil Hay doubts.