With this week being the anniversary of Hillsborough, it was an opportunity for me to learn more about what happened that day and the subsequent hurt and animosity that came as a result.
I, like many others watched the events of that day on the news and was horrified by what I saw, but living in another country could never really understand it's impact, until this week. Many of the posts and survivors accounts really brought it into some perspective.
Without wanting to take away from the magnitude of this week and what it means, it got me thinking about other aspects of the mighty Liverpool Football Club and the strong emotions attached them. I thought "well I've been educated on Hillsborough, why not the other areas I know about but don't really understand".
1) We hate Everton
To me this is self explanatory. It is a local rivalry with supporters crossing each others path every day. There are strong bragging rights associated with it.
2) We hate Manchester United. I also hate Manchester United, but why more than anyone else. Is it because of their success in the Premier League over a long period or are there other reasons (than Neville)
I have become a hater of Chelsea. I think it's because they tried to buy the premiership, because of Mourhinio and his arrogant antics and our recent history in the Champions League.
I also am starting to hate Arsenal. I think it stemmed from the brawling in a match a few years ago when they carried on like a bunch of girls. I think it was against the Mancs. Gallas has only intensified those feelings along with his petty whinging manager Wenger. I actually found myself sniggering quietly when Gallas gave away the penalty last week and taking some satisfaction from a Manc win.
I know this was wrong of me because the Mancs are our worst enemies, right?
But why? Why so much more than Chelsea and Arsenal? I seem to hate them all equally.
It would be great for those who live in the culture to put the facts straight and help those of us who can only dream of being able to go to Anfield each week in the light!
Any other cultural lessons would also be appreciated.