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It took ten years for us to truly realise what Heysel did to us, I. Ever remember any murderers stuff until about 96ish.
And all seater stadia, kopite used to bunch together in the st end when it was terraced. As soon as they were isolated they became easy targets.
It was very one way at first to be fair, they were happy to carry on with the friendly derby nonesense and even for the first 7-8 years of all seater there’d still be loads of blues on the kop yet from about 96 onwards reds in the st end would wisely keep their heads down. Now I’d say the hatred is a two way street but they blame us for all that.
Back in the day the merseyside derby was a big spirited competitive game, but it was known as 'the friendly derby'. I think this was to do with the rivalries being with Manchester (United) and the London clubs.
What happened? My take: reds fans got majorly frustrated when they stopped winning in the 90's and going into the 2000's. The internationalization of their fanbase (Norwegians and Indians, etc) lost the local feel it had back in the day and the spirit of competition changed to become snide and condescending.
Shame because I've plenty of mates on the red site of the city, but it's just not the way it used to be.
Anyone else got a take on this? Why did it change?