Newspaper Language: Rampant Reds

Rampant RedsIn this football language post we look at a headline from the Guardian newspaper ‘Rampant Reds’ which is all about Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Leicester. You can see more explanations of newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Newspaper Headline: ‘Rampant Reds’

This newspaper headline is all about Liverpool and the way they completely outplayed Leicester City at the weekend. The Reds, Liverpool, easily defeated Leicester 3-0 although it could have been a much bigger scoreline.

The headline uses alliteration, words beginning with the same sound, so we have the nickname of Liverpool – the Reds and the other word to describe them, rampant, which can mean to spread quickly. This word is not always used in a positive manner – but here it definitley means something positive as it suggests that Liverpool were extremely impressive in their win. A team that is described as rampant is one that has easily scored a lot of goals and the suggestion is that the other team simply cannot stop them. Indeed, the image used in this story shows Liverpool striker Diogo Jota celebrating his goal with three Leicester defenders all helpless as they can do nthing to stop the ‘Rampant Reds.

The sub-headline gives more information about the significance of the result: ‘Liverpool join Spurs at top after breaking Anfield record‘. First of all it explains that the win means that Liverpool are now joint-top of the Premier League table with Tottenham (Spurs), while the win also means the club has broken a record – they have not been defeated at home (Anfield) in 63 games. Rampant Reds indeed!

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