I think Liverpool has always been like this it just thar we were never in their sites before as either we were rubbish or they were (to a lesser extent) But now I’ve had a taste of it I won’t forget just because we aren’t fighting each other for trophies. United will always be our rivals as they are our local adversaries but Liverpool take some beating when it comes to their fan base. I’ve met lots of nice scousers and married a girl from the Wirral so I’m not sure if it’s a scouse thing or a world wide fan thing. It’s probably a little of both. Liverpudlians have always stuck together through difficult times which is a great quality but the downside is the victim mentality and sense of entitlement talked about on here and elsewhere which has prevailed. They seem to attract a certain type of individual but like any other set of fans there are some who are OK. If you were an alien and were talking to a Liverpool fan, you would think they had won a trophy a season for the past 30 years. Some of them just dont shut up and, for fans with a reputation as knowledgeable, it’s difficult to have a conversation with some of them. The cult thing is an apt term if only in so much as their ability to rewrite their history until it becomes true and unchallengeable in their minds. My other half is a Liverpool fan herself and quite rightly would never switch to City (though we are her clear second favourite team) but she is outright ashamed of her own fanbase.