Liverpool fans are noisiest in Premier League

Liverpool fans have been voted as the Premier League’s noisiest – with Manchester United supporters even conceding the Anfield club have their favourite rival song.

The findings were made in a poll of over 4,000 followers of top-flight teams, former players and managers conducted by Barclays and YouGov.

Those surveyed placed Liverpool fans first when they were asked which club had the loudest backing and whose supporters sing the most for their team both at home and away.

Similarly, the Anfield anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was edged out by West Ham’s ‘I’m Forever blowing Bubbles’ and Stoke’s ‘Delilah’ as the favourite song sung by fans of other clubs.

Included in those placing Liverpool highest in that respect were Manchester United fans, who were seen as fourth noisiest at home despite previous complaints of a lack of atmosphere at Old Trafford.

Noisiest fans and most likely to sing for their team (top five only)

Team Noisiest home fans Most likely fans to sing for their team at home Noisiest away fans Most likely fans to sing for their team away
Liverpool 1st 1st 1st 1st
Newcastle 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd
Crystal Palace 3rd 2nd 5th 4th
Manchester United 4th 4th 3rd 2nd
Stoke 5th
West Ham 5th 4th 5th

The research also found the supporters questioned value playing with heart and commitment more than winning, with 28 per cent opting for the former against 22 per cent for the latter.

More than four out of five fans (81 per cent) said they feel they have a positive influence on live games, with those in the north and Midlands in particular saying they make the biggest difference.

Favourite rival song as voted by other Premier League fans

Rank Club and song
1st Liverpool – You’ll Never Walk Alone
2nd West Ham – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
3rd Stoke – Delilah

Similarly, 86 per cent said they believe their role is to support their team vocally rather than simply sitting and watching, with 82 per cent of Stoke’s followers saying singing was important.

An average of 36 per cent said they can be a 12th player for their team while almost a quarter (24 per cent) went further, claiming their support of their team can change games for the better.

The most important things Premier League fans want from their teams

Rank Role Overall percentage (highest individual team)
1st Play with heart and commitment 28 (Everton, 37%)
2nd Win 22 (Brighton, 31%)
3rd Play well 18 (Burnley, 30%)
4th Play entertaining football 13 (Arsenal and Man Utd, 21%)

In a vote of games this season where fans made the most difference to the result, Liverpool’s 4-3 win over then-unbeaten Manchester City in January came out on top.

The full list of findings will be included in a report called ‘Game Changing fans – the 12th Player in every Premier League team’, which will be published in early May.