£12m Man United star actually touched the 'This is Anfield' sign in the tunnel before walking out v Liverpool
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£12m Man United star actually touched the 'This is Anfield' sign in the tunnel before walking out v Liverpool

Manchester United forward Wout Wehgorst was spotted touching the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign before facing Liverpool on Sunday.

Weghorst has become a fixture in the United side since making a shock loan move in January. Starting once more at Anfield, LFCTV cameras caught him performing a pre-match ritual reserved for Liverpool players only.

Lining up parallel to Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk, Weghorst reaches up to pat the sign that hangs above the Anfield tunnel.

Opposing players have done this in the past, that must be said. But as far as we know, none of those played for Liverpool’s biggest on-pitch rivals.

Having failed to make an impact in the game, Weghorst was hauled off after less than an hour. With this new footage now coming to light, he won’t be the most popular man at Carrington right now.

Weghorst realises Anfield dream

This is a rather unfortunate look for Weghorst, especially given the game that followed. But in reality, you can’t blame the 30-year-old for taking his chance.

As per his quotes to DAZN via CaughtOffside in 2020, it seems that Weghorst is actually a big fan of Liverpool.”I always found Liverpool very special. I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,'” said the Dutchman.

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CaughtOffside also carry quotes that Weghorst made to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf two years before that. “I’ve dreamt of [playing for Liverpool] since childhood,” the on-loan Burnley man revealed.

Given these quotes, and that Sunday was the first time Weghorst had been given the chance to play at Anfield, his actions on Sunday make a lot of sense.

But the fact remains that you simply cannot do that as a United player. He may only be at Old Trafford on a temporary basis following his £12m move to Burnley in 2022, but it should still be off-limits.

Perhaps Weghorst thought nobody would see his moment of self-indulgence. Perhaps he felt he wouldn’t get another chance. But whatever the reason, it doesn’t help the narrative that United were a little too sure of themselves in a stadium that can be as unforgiving as any on the planet. This certainly is Anfield Wout, you won’t forget that anytime soon.

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