ANFIELD FAMILY ‘LIVERPOOL FAN OF THE WEEK’
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A few weeks ago, our team got a message from a South African fan, Graeme, who has been passionately following Liverpool FC from his childhood days. He has a really interesting story to tell you all, so you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this interview from this passionate lad.
Name: Graeme Lazarus
Address: Douglasdale, Fourways, South Africa
Occupation: Treasury Consultant
Interests: Liverpool FC
1. How long has it been since you supported Liverpool FC?
I have been a Liverpool supporter literally since birth! I inherited the support for Liverpool FC from my late dad, who actually named me after the Reds legend Graeme Souness. So, I consider that I have been a supporter from the time I was given a name.
2. How did you become a Liverpool fan?
I still have fond memories of watching several Liverpool games with my dad and going with him to the local supporters club during my childhood days. It didn’t take me very long to feel the passion and the glory which my dad felt and watching those games with him gradually made me realize the fact that Liverpool is more than just a football club, it’s a religion. However, my dad passed away when I was only 13 years old. So honestly speaking, watching Liverpool’s games reminds me a lot about my dad and Liverpool FC somehow spiritually and sentimentally connects me with him. One of my fondest memories was watching the magical 2005 UEFA Champions League final with him and celebrating the victory together.
3. Who is your favorite Liverpool legend and why?
Without a shadow of a doubt my favorite legend is definitely Steven Gerrard: he may be still playing, but in my eyes he is a living legend! Growing up, Steven Gerard was my icon and my role model. I simply admire his commitment, passion and hunger for the game! I really respect Gerrard for the reason that he put his passion first over big money moves to other clubs. Yes, he could have been more successful at other clubs like many other players who moved from Anfield, but I feel that those players who left Anfield will eventually be forgotten, yet Gerrard will still be remembered. He spent most of his active playing career at Anfield and for this reason his name will always be engraved in the hearts of many loyal Liverpool fans: he is a true ambassador of Liverpool FC and a hero! I also admire Jamie Carragher very much. I think that the two legends are irreplaceable.
4. Who is your current favorite player in the team?
Well, obviously Gerrard is my favorite player, but I really admire Jordan Henderson of late. I genuinely spot a resemblance between him and Gerrard. He may never be a Stevie G but if he is even half of that he will still be a Liverpool hero, and I see him heading that way, as he too has an equally immense passion for the game.
5. Which one player do you suggest the Liverpool board to buy for the next season and why?
I would love to see Saido Berahino join Liverpool. He is young and talented and certainly has a bright future ahead of him. I believe that he could thrive under Brenden Rodgers like many other English players at Liverpool. I love the fact that Liverpool have many young English internationals at the club. Many big clubs prefer to buy foreign players, but Liverpool stick to building the team around British players, which probably was one of the major reasons why Liverpool were so successful in the 70’s and 80’s. So a move to Liverpool would benefit the team and him as well.
6. Given the chance to watch Liverpool play at Anfield, which opponent would you choose and why?
It would be tough to choose between Everton and Manchester United, but if I had to choose only one I would prefer going for a Liverpool Vs Manchester United game as this was the first rivalry I learnt growing up because many of my friends and family members are Manchester United supporters.
7. Which new signing in Liverpool are you most happy with in the current season?
I like Emre Can. I love his versatility: he has been the most consistent out of all this season’s signings. I think he has immense potential and signing him at Liverpool was a real bargain. I love his power when driving forward and calmness under pressure in the back. Certainly one to watch out for in the near future.
8. Your favorite Liverpool match (that you watched live)?
On TV, the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final was definitely my favorite game. However, I have not watched a Liverpool playing at the stadium just yet. But I have made all preparations to go and watch Liverpool Vs QPR on the 2 May 2015 at Anfield and I can almost guarantee that this match will live in my memory for a long time, as it will be my first live match and will be my favorite, whether we win or lose
9. Your favorite Liverpool goal?
There are many goals that have been truly memorable, but the first one that comes to mind is Jon Flanagan’s cracker goal against Tottenham, I really enjoyed that goal. I absolutely admire Flanagan’s passions and fearless character. He is a typical Scouse and when he scored that goal I was really happy for him. I could almost feel the emotion he went through scoring that goal: it was a great moment!
10. What’s your expectation for Liverpool this season?
After our bad start to this season, I would have accepted finishing 5th, but I think that we are on a good run of form of late and want us to finish higher in the league. If we can get back up and win our remaining games I think that we have a great chance of finishing 4th, which would be an outstanding finish given our start to the season. I think Brendan Rodgers did an amazing job this season in getting us back on track.
11. What’s the most memorable thing that you have done as a Liverpool fan?
The things not so memorable are, turning down plans with friends and family on match day, just to ensure I don’t miss out on a minute of the game. But, it’s all for the love of my team! They eventually get over it.
My most memorable thing is perhaps about to happen soon, which is going Anfield to watch Liverpool Vs QPR. The reason this will be so memorable is the fact that it is my first time seeing Liverpool play in front of my eyes at Anfield. As soon as I heard that Stevie G my icon is leaving Liverpool I immediately decided that this is my only opportunity to watch the Legend play wearing an LFC shirt and so I went on and tapped into every savings I had, and sacrificed the luxuries just to get a match ticket: definitely something I will never ever regret. I can’t wait, it’s a dream come true!!
12. Your message to other Liverpool fans.
Despite last season’s disappointment “we weren’t denied the title, we simply delayed it”, I feel that it’s only a matter of time before we win the Premier league and if we stick with Brendan it might be sooner than we think!