Southampton played national anthem at half-time prompting Liverpool fans’ chant

Southampton poked fun at Liverpool by playing 'God Save the Queen' at half-time at St Mary's on Monday night – only for Reds fans to hit back with a foul-mouthed reply.

Liverpool supporters booed the national anthem at Wembley ahead of their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea on Saturday – an act which drew heavy criticism. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has since insisted the club's fanbase wouldn't have done so for "no reason", a response which led to condemnation from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

During the half-time interval in Liverpool's 2-1 comeback win over the Saints, the hosts light-heatedly teased their opponents by playing 'God Save the Queen' once again. And in response to the provocation, Reds' supporters made their feelings known by sending out a message of their own.

The Times' Henry Winter took to Twitter to broadcast Southampton's cheeky choice of half-time music, writing: "'God Save The Queen' being played at half-time of #SOULIV. The Sex Pistols version."

Saints fans reportedly continued to ridicule Liverpool's travelling faithful by singing along to the national anthem, which then drew a response from the away end. The Athletic's James Pearce tweeted: "A section of Southampton fans singing the national anthem. The away end respond with 'f**k the Tories'."

Addressing the conduct of the club's supporters on Saturday, Liverpool manager Klopp told reporters early this week: “Of course I have thoughts. The question is why does it happen?

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“They wouldn't do it without a reason. The majority of our support are wonderful people. Really smart, go through lows and highs. They wouldn't do it without reason.”

However, the German's defence of his fanbase hasn't gone down well with the country's leader. On Monday, via his spokesperson, Johnson declared it was a "great shame" for Liverpool supporters to boo the national anthem.

When probed over whether there was ever a reason to behave in such a manner towards the anthem, the Prime Minister's spokesman said: "No. Obviously the events over the weekend, it was a great shame that as we were making 150 years of the FA Cup that brings people together that a small minority chose to act in that way."

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