and this is coming from a life-long Scouse
As for mic'ing up refs and the commenst re' language of the players, I would say that the crowd is also a factor, given that the average player and the average fan are pretty much on par with each other, intelectually and socially..... as the above demonstrates
YES, its traditionally a working class sport and tempers run high, but that doesnt excuse behaviour that we see from fans, players and team staff that we see these days
so, when are you sacking the ego-maniac that is Brendan Rodgers? I think Liverpool are finally waking up to the fact that Rodgers didn't create what you see at Swansea, he inherited it, but has managed to cash in off the back of being involved with Swansea until last night.
oh, and if you don't recognise a bit of bating when you see it then who's the more intellectual?
Swansea oh Swansea oh city said I,
Standing on the North Bank 'til the day I die,
Take me to the Vetch field way down by the sea,
were I will follow Swansea, Swansea City