Liverpool fans want to avoid tempting fate by not taking any banners that make it look as though the Reds have already won, with superstitions too strong to over-come ahead of the Champions League final.
There is nothing wrong with getting excited when your side has made it to the final of a tournament as prestigious and coveted as the UEFA Champions League. Hell, there’s nothing wrong with being a little cocky and goading opposition fans.
On the other hand, there are some things you just don’t do. One would be to take a banner to Kiev which has six European Cups painted on it – even if it’s meant only in jest.
With an opponent as strong as Real Madrid standing in the way of continental domination, a very realistic outcome is that Liverpool don’t win next Saturday. While this is torturous to think about, it’s possible and supporters don’t want to tempt fate by carrying such a banner to Ukraine.
The above banner was sent to a fantastic Twitter account owned by Liverpool fans that shares all the best banners and when this one was shared on the weekend, the responses were less than positive.
While the actual banner is actually really funny, ahead of a massive game in Kiev, there aren’t many fans who will want to tempt the football gods into making the creator of the banner look the fool.
And this is the prevailing sentiment on social media.
Nothing like tempting fate nearly bought a 19 times champions t shirt back 20 odd years ago at the market glad I never.
— Richie (@dickyminty2) May 20, 2018
Keep that folded away till after the game lads ….
— Andrew ? (@andrewpaulish88) May 19, 2018
Fuck that tempting faith shit ?
— TheFamousKopites (@TheFamousKop) May 20, 2018
Noooo why does it have 6 on before the games over
— ⁷ (@Milnxr) May 19, 2018
Mate took one with 6 cups on it to Athens he’s been warned not to take it to Kiev #temptingfate
— VinnieMc54lfc (@vinniemac54) May 19, 2018
While I love the enthusiasm and confidence ahead of the final, I can’t help but side with those that say there’s no place for that banner at the game.
If Jürgen’s tricky Reds get the job done and do bring back number six, then, by all means, unfurl that fantastic banner but until then, hide it under the bed.