ANFIELD FAMILY ‘LIVERPOOL FAN OF THE WEEK’
Anfield Family’s feature section ‘Liverpool Fan of the Week’ is your chance to be in the spotlight as a fan of the mighty Reds! This week we feature a professional footballer from Egypt, who aspires to play for the Reds someday. We would advise the scouts to monitor him for sure! Over to him!
Address: Habib Elmasry Street, Egypt
Twitter/ E-mail: Saifullah1@windowslive.com
Interests: Playing football
1. How long has it been since you supported Liverpool FC?
It’s the 14th year of me becoming a sworn Red! I was only 8 years old when Liverpool became my obsession and it’s only been growing ever since.
2. How did you become a Liverpool fan?
Well, my dad is a football fanatic and he has passionately supported only two teams in his life: Al Ahly (which is one of the biggest teams in Egypt) and Liverpool. Although he couldn’t speak or understand English, he always watched the games of both the teams. Those days, I even used to think that both were the same club, with one team playing in Egypt and the other in England. However, I did come to know later that both were obviously two different clubs. In particular, I really liked Michael Owen, while I also liked El-Hadji Diouf. However, I grew up idolizing the great Stevie G, who is one of my biggest inspirations as a professional footballer.
3. Who is your favourite Liverpool legend and why?
My favourite Liverpool legend is definitely Robbie Fowler! He was an unstoppable goal-scorer and had charisma like no other. He was always there for the team. I even remember his infamous cocaine snorting celebration, which did certainly shock me at the time, but I took it as just a joke by the legend. Another legend, whom I will always respect is Steven Gerrard because of his amazing talent and his loyalty. My dream was to play beside him in midfield for Liverpool, but I am sad that it’s not going to happen.
4. Who is your current favourite player in the team?
I would pick Jordan Henderson as I spot similarities between him and Gerrard. He looks equally passionate and gives everything he can for the team.
5. Which one player do you suggest the Liverpool board to buy for the next season and why?
I know this will sound strange, but I would suggest the club to hire me for the next season. I believe that I have all the abilities that team is looking for. I can play in several positions and will do my best for the team. It would be a dream come true for me and I certainly haven’t given it up!
6. Given the chance to watch Liverpool play at Anfield, which opponent would you choose and why?
It would be AC Milan. Seeing them play against one another would bring back those happy memories and that ‘Anfield Experience’ would be a wonderful addition.
7. Your favourite Liverpool match (that you watched live)?
Definitely the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul. I had started crying like a little child when Liverpool were 3 goals down. But all that changed miraculously in the second half time. After Dudek saved that last shot, I ran out in the streets!
8. Your favorite Liverpool goal?
Steven Gerrard’s screamer against arch rivals Manchester United during the 2001-2002 season. It is perhaps one of the best goals ever scored in football.
9. What’s your expectation for Liverpool next season?
If I am in the team I believe that we’ll definitely make it to the Champions League and with the Reds spirit we will have the title.
10. What’s the most memorable thing that you have done as a Liverpool fan?
It involved retaliating against a torturous teacher. While in school, I once wore a Liverpool jersey as a mark of respect for Steven Gerrard. I loved that jersey to the death. But the teacher beat me and tore my shirt for no apparent reason. I got very angry at him and I kicked him back and took off his glasses. I then ran away from the class and the whole school was behind me.
11. Your message to other Liverpool fans.
We always need to have that winning spirit. Never forget what it means to be a Red. YNWA.