It’s that time of year again, isn’t it?
The weather’s turned colder, we briefly pretend to care about Halloween and everyone’s talking about poppies.
Poppies, eh? For some, it’s a quiet sign of Remembrance. To others, it’s an icon of Brexit nationalism.
To us, it’s a reason to remember that James McClean is still a footballer who actually exists.
Much like in Great Britain and the countries of Commonwealth, Armistice Day is celebrated in Serbia, where it has been a statutory holiday since 2012.
Difference is, their chosen emblem is the Natalie’s Ramonda, or the Ramonda nathaliae, which is a a lilac coloured flower that grows in Serbia and is considered a symbol of the Serbian Army’s struggle during World War I.
So, for those of you wondering, that’s what Jurgen Klopp was wearing in Liverpool’s match against Red Star Belgrade this evening.
Many eagle-eyed viewers noticed the Reds boss sporting the pin on his coat in the away clash, while Sadio Mane and Alisson wore the jersey version.
Pin-badges or not, the Reds suffered a shock defeat in Serbia, with two goals from Milan Pavkov handing Red Star the win to make their Champions League group rather tasty.
A win would’ve given Liverpool a four-point advantage at the top of Group C, but Napoli and Paris St-Germain now have a real opportunity of overtaking last season’s finalists.
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