ANFIELD FAMILY ‘LIVERPOOL FAN OF THE WEEK’
Anfield Family’s special fans feature section ‘Liverpool Fan of The Week’ has already proven to be the platform for 17 passionate LFC fans from 5 different continents to speak their mind and it’s just the start. Our goal is to feature Liverpool fans from every nation on Earth and if you wish to be the next one to be featured, just send us a message through our Facebook page and we will contact you back very soon.
This week, we have a fan from ‘the land down under’. Meet trailblazing Liverpool fan Nathan Rundle, who has been supporting Liverpool for 13 years. This interesting feature will certainly amuse you till the end. So, it’s over to him.
Name: Nathan Rundle
Address: Present: Medellin, Colombia; originally from Brisbane, Australia
Interests: Computers, Sport, Brewing beer
1. How long has it been since you supported Liverpool FC?
It will be 13 years later this year.
2. How did you become a Liverpool fan?
I moved to London to live and work around April 2003 on a working holiday visa. Before I went there, I literally hated Soccer (as I used to call it in the past). One of the reasons for the perception, is that I grew up in Brisbane, which was a Rugby League heartland and even though I played ‘Soccer’ at school and quite enjoyed it, it wasn’t the spectator sport for me that Rugby League was. To me and to many other Australians, the sport was only watched by ‘sheilas, wogs and poofters’ as the late great Johnny Warren put it.
But soon I discovered whilst living in London that it was all you would read about in the papers and all that people would talk about at the pub. So given how much I love beer and a good old yarn at the pub, I soon worked out that if I didn’t want to be standing in the corner of the pub talking to myself, I had to pick a team! I went with Liverpool because arguably the most famous Australian athletes at the time was Harry Kewell and he was playing for Liverpool. It also helped that a couple of friends I had made in London, Damo from Ireland and Wayne from London (I actually met Wayne in LA on the way to London, but that’s a whole other story!!) were also Liverpool fans. So that’s where the passion for ‘Football’ and Liverpool started and it’s been getting stronger even since… to the point where I think even Rugby League takes a back seat to my beloved Football at times….
3. Who is your favorite Liverpool legend and why?
Can’t go past Gerrard, so good for so long! He carried the whole team on his back on so many occasions and loyal to the bone! I hope we see him back at Anfield in the very near future in another capacity.
4. Who is your current favorite player on the team?
This is a tough one now! It was definitely Gerrard before we forced him out or Sterling before he became a spoilt brat. But now it’s hard to go past the player of the season, Philippe Coutinho. However, if we sign a world class striker or someone from Colombia, that baton could change hands pretty quickly!
5. Which one player do you suggest the Liverpool board to buy for the next season and why?
Radamel Falcao, because we need a world class striker and if you sign the Colombian captain, as I saw last season when he was on loan with Man United, you will have every Colombian who currently doesn’t have an allegiance to another Premier League Club, supporting Liverpool. It will also make it easier for me to get Colombian friends to watch the Liverpool games with me and obviously easier to find places to watch the games with atmosphere! I watched far too many games last season by myself at the local corner store or on my laptop at home!
6. Given the chance to watch Liverpool play at Anfield, which opponents would you choose and why?
Manchester United: do I really need to explain why? Biggest game of the season for me: arch-rivals! I know hate is a harsh word, but I hate them to the bone. Can’t wait to get some revenge next season!
7. Your favorite Liverpool match (that you watched live)?
Champions League Final, 2005. I was at the Puzzle Pub next to Hammersmith Hospital with a group of ex-work colleagues. At half time I remember saying to them “it’s a game of two halves boys, it’s a game of two halves”. By the end, I was dancing on the table swinging my Liverpool shirt around my head!
8. Your favorite Liverpool goal?
Gerrard’s goal vs Olympiakos, I was in the Puzzle Pub for this one as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJEk_yLZ4kI
9. What’s your expectation for Liverpool next season?
I expect them to jump back into the top 4. But I think that will only happen if we sign 3 or 4 established world class players. Now more than ever with Gerrard gone, we need some quality established players to lead this young team.
10. What’s the most memorable thing that you have done as a Liverpool fan?
Was lucky enough to see Liverpool vs Middlesbrough at Anfield in 2005, and whilst the game ended in a draw, I’ll never forget being in a little Pub just outside the Kop stand before the game, standing shoulder to shoulder with other Liverpool fans, struggling to get a beer, but with a smile from ear to ear, soaking up the atmosphere and learning all the Liverpool songs.
11. Your message to other Liverpool fans.
Stand proud, stand tall and you’ll never walk alone…