Enter the extrovert! How Littler goaded Liverpool crowd

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Enter the extrovert! How Littler goaded Liverpool crowd

Luke Littler has led a darting boom over recent months – but was subjected to some darting boos when he headed to Liverpool for Night 13 of the Premier League.

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The Manchester United fan expected a rough ride from the crowd and dealt with the hostile atmosphere to secure his third nightly win of the season and move five points clear at the top of the table.

Littler loved engaging with the audience and even signalled ‘2-0’ as he walked to the stage for his quarter-final, referring to Everton’s win over Liverpool in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby.

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The 17-year-old also celebrated right in front of the crowd after nailing double top to take his semi-final versus Nathan Aspinall to a deciding leg, before nicking that match 6-5 from 5-2 down.

Littler then averaged 105 as he breezed past Rob Cross 6-2 in the final and now looks all but certain to make the play-offs in London on Thursday May 23 in his debut Premier League campaign.

Luke Littler moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Night 13

Image: Littler is now five points clear at the top of the Premier League table

Littler’s wild night in Liverpool: The best bits!

Littler spoke to Sky Sports before Night 13 got under way, saying Liverpool fans could not handle the banter…

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Littler said he was expecting the worst from the Liverpool crowd ahead of Night 13

He then irked the red half of Liverpool but delighted the blue…

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Littler referenced Everton’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby

The teenager was jeered by the crowd in his quarter-final versus Gerwyn Price…

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The fans in Liverpool jeered Littler’s opening dart

Have some of that! Littler gave it back to the fans after levelling his semi-final against Aspinall…

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Littler celebrated wildly after taking his semi-final with Nathan Aspinall into a deciding leg

Littler edged Aspinall 6-5 to reach the Liverpool final…

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Little pointed at Aspinall’s missed double before wrapping up victory and reaching the final

Is there anything Littler cannot do? Well, open a water bottle by the looks of it!

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Littler struggled to open his water bottle ahead of the final, so had to get one of the markers to do it for him!

I used to think Littler was an introvert!

Speaking about the youngster’s crowd-baiting antics in Liverpool, Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle said: “He was different. He showed more personality, more adrenaline.

“Maybe he came out of himself because of the booing? I don’t know. Up until now, I would have called him an introvert but there was nothing introverted [about what he did in Liverpool].

“He is right up there with Eric Bristow and Michael van Gerwen at 17 because he is that good.

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Wayne Mardle enjoyed Littler’s antics in Liverpool

“To show that confidence for someone so new to this – not new to darts or new to winning but he is new to this. He has fitted in and is going to be here for many a year.”

Littler told Sky Sports: “I knew what was coming this week, I was building up to it. I always engage with the crowd and in the semi-final I was playing with complete freedom. I felt comfortable.”

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Sky Sports commentator Stuart Pyke said of Littler on the Love the Darts Podcast: “He looks so at home, nothing fazes him. He is just box office.

“On a Thursday night, the Sky Sports viewing figures go through the roof. Everybody wants to see Littler, we all want to see Littler. He is a 17-year-old superstar.”

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Littler was pleased to give himself breathing room in the race for the Premier League play-offs

Littler: Maybe I can top the table

On moving five-points clear of second-placed Luke Humphries in the standings, Littler added: “I am glad to push myself away from the other people.

“I can now look on to [winning the league phase]. There are only three weeks left so maybe I can top the table.”

Premier League Darts, Night 14, Aberdeen – live on Sky Sports from 7pm on Thursday May 2

Quarter-finals
Peter Wright vs Michael Smith
Luke Littler vs Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen vs Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price vs Luke Humphries

2024 Premier League Darts schedule

Night 1 Cardiff Feb 1 Winner: Michael Smith
Night 2 Berlin Feb 8 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 3 Glasgow Feb 15 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 4 Newcastle Feb 22 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 5 Exeter Feb 29 Winner: Nathan Aspinall
Night 6 Brighton March 7 Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 7 Nottingham March 14 Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 8 Dublin March 21 Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 9 Belfast March 28 Winner: Luke Littler
Night 10 Manchester April 4 Winner: Luke Littler
Night 11 Birmingham April 11 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 12 Rotterdam April 18 Winner: Nathan Aspinall
Night 13 Liverpool April 25 Winner: Luke Littler
Night 14 Aberdeen May 2
Night 15 Leeds May 9
Night 16 Sheffield May 16
Finals Night The O2, London May 23

Watch Premier League Darts Night 14, from Aberdeen, live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Thursday May 2 or stream with NOW.

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