While the coronation of King Charles III was celebrated by many across the UK this morning, not everyone is overjoyed at the scenes that took place in London today.
The huge amount of adoring members of the public that linked the streets in the British capital might suggest that the whole country was thrilled with the festivities, although that is not the case. Quite a few people have spoken out about the monarchy as an institution in the buildup to the event, while protests were also planned.
Northern Ireland, in particular, would have had hugely varied opinions on the matter, as evidenced by James McClean's message earlier today.
Those who may have wanted to avoid the occasion altogether by attending this afternoon's football fixtures were also out of luck. The Premier League asked all clubs to play the British national anthem ahead of kick-off. While this was not mandatory, it was said that the authorities 'strongly suggested' that it be done.
This left Liverpool in an awkward position. Large sections of their support have been outspoken on the British government and monarchy down through the years and have been booing the national anthem since the 1980s.
The reasons for this are well-known, with the decision makers in the UK having purposely neglected the city during the 1970s and 1980s, as well as being at the centre of some disgraceful behaviour in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
Liverpool opted to play the national anthem regardless, although they certainly did so hesitantly.
Liverpool fans drown out 'God Save The King'
It was predicted in the buildup to the game that Liverpool fans would once again boo the anthem ahead of their game against Brentford this evening, something that would no doubt lead to a meltdown in some quarters of British society.
That proved to be the case.
Once the announcement of the upcoming national anthem was read out, the boos already started. This soon changed into chants of 'Liverpool' from the home fans, although the booing did resume when the anthem did begin.
The music could barely be heard due to the boos, which chants then taking over to drown out the music further.
National anthem can barely be heard over the boos and chanting at Anfield 🔊 pic.twitter.com/QM41Bg1yUv
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 6, 2023
A predictable outcome, one Liverpool fans were perfectly entitled to perform.
You can only imagine what the reaction will be to that in the next couple of days.