4 years ago. Liverpool came to Jakarta for a friendly match. Almost 90,000 loud and passionate fans came out decked in Red and carrying banners to see their heroes play in Saturday evening’s friendly.
From before kick-off the atmosphere at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta was rocking.
A euphoric rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone greeted the players on their arrival onto the pitch, and the place didn’t stop singing for the 90 minutes that followed.
From the moment I entered the stadium, I knew something magical was going to happen. This was the first football match I’ve ever attended, and the closest I’ve ever been to experiencing the beauty of Liverpool FC was a short visit to Liverpool and Anfield. Even before either teams began warming up, the crowd laid out a hero’s welcome, singing classic chants such as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Fields of Anfield Road, to tributes to our great scousers with the Gerrard and Carragher songs.
When the Reds finally entered the pitch, the atmosphere was simply amazing. Every thrilling chance was greeted with rapturous applause, and the audience made sure that Liverpool’s first visit to Jakarta would be memorable. Flare-lit banners bearing “Justice for the 96” and “JFT96” were particularly amazing. On the 23rd minute, applause rang out throughout the stadium in tribute to the recently-retired Carragher, and each touch of the ball that Gerrard received was greeted with excitement and applause.
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