Anthony Gordon has just let slip the Liverpool truth many rivals can't accept

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The question was simple and the answer was almost unanimous in verdict for Liverpool.

Indeed, when several of England's top stars raved about Anfield when asked what the best club atmosphere by Channel 4's official TikTok, it was only Everton's Jordan Pickford who, perhaps understandably, chose not to mention the home of Liverpool FC.

Arsenal's star man Declan Rice had no hesitation naming Anfield as the best away stadium he regularly turns out in, with Conor Gallagher also marvelling at the "pretty special" arena.

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The Chelsea captain said: "I'd say Anfield has got to be up there. It's a pretty special atmosphere. You know, when they sing their song before the game, it always gives me goosebumps."

Kieran Trippier was another to namecheck Anfield but perhaps the most telling contribution came from Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon, whose time at previous club Everton and feisty relationship in games against the Reds didn't colour his opinion of the Liverpool supporters.

He said: "Other than St James' Park, it's Anfield by far. I think because I'm from the city, I grew up watching it. Before the game when they sing You'll Never Walk Alone, it's top level."

If Newcastle's star man and Chelsea's captain are both willing to publicly praise Anfield and admit how special it is to play there, then it speaks volumes about the pull of Liverpool's stadium.

And it goes further, with Real Madrid star VInicius Jr and former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor joining the chorus of Anfield admirers in recent weeks, with the latter telling Sky Sports: “The atmosphere there is not the most beautiful but it’s definitely the most, the atmosphere really is crazy.

“It is so loud and you can tell the fans are behind their team. You’ll Never Walk Alone is beautiful.”

The Anfield love-in is nothing new, of course, with Liverpool's rivals regularly unable to deny the sheer brilliance of the iconic stadium, especially on big occasions.

Indeed, in a world of snap judgements and hot takes, when the likes of Pep Guardiola declare that the Anfield atmosphere is "no myth" or Sir Alex Ferguson labels his most hated rivals ground as "marvellous" then the truth is clear for all to see.

And it will provide Arne Slot with a major advantage over many of his rivals when it comes to his first transfer window at Liverpool this summer.

Some have suggested that Slot's name power will not provide the same pull as that of Jurgen Klopp's, and while that can hardly be denied, what he does have is a stadium that, thanks in no small part to his predecessor once again engaging and harnessing the power of the supporters, as well as Fenway Sports Group's not insignificant investment into the infrastructure of the stadium to the tune of around £200m, clearly resonates throughout football.

And the chance to play in red on a Champions League night is one that many players won't be able to pass up.

That is clear from the England camp and is certainly significant when it comes directly from Gordon, a player who is admired by Anfield chiefs but somebody who Newcastle will be desperate to ensure stays put.

But despite the Saudi millions being poured into the Magpies right now, and the reputation of St James' Park as a great place to play football in its own right, it's not hard to read between the lines of Gordon's statement and come to the conclusion that, if push came to shove, he'd jump at the chance to play for Liverpool.

Indeed, Liverpool and Anfield's place in football's pecking order is secure.

Slot needs to lean into that this summer in the way that Klopp did before him and ensure the club's most unique selling point gives him the advantage it certainly should in a crowded transfer market.