As we edge nearer the Champions League Quarter Final first leg between Liverpool and Manchester city, I’d like to share how this fixture will always have a special place in my heart. With the current crop of players in both dressing rooms and the talent that will be on the field, it’s easy to see why football fans in general are excited to watch the tie unfold.
For me personally this fixture will be remembered more for the occasion than what could be at stake for either side. The connection I have with football and Liverpool FC is rooted and the memories will live longer than the occasion itself.
We first go back to October 2008 - Sunday 5th After having my Sunday league match called off, which turned out to be a blessing as my wife goes into labour with our first son. Calm and prepared, we frantically get up the hospital in time for kick off and we watch the match in the hospital bed.
Man City v Liverpool in the Premier League. After trailing 2-0 at half time through goals from Stephen Ireland and Javi Garrido, a rejuvenated LFC ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a 2nd half brace from Fernando Torres and a 90th minute winner from Dirk Kuyt.
A few hours later our Son was born at 20 to the hour and all was well in the world.
Jump forward 16 months to February 2010 - Sunday 21st Oddly again, my Sunday League match was cancelled due to weather. Which was lucky as my wife goes in labour with our second son. Again we watch from the hospital bed as the Reds take on Man City away in the Premier League. The match is end to end with both sides wasting chances in abundance and after a hard fought, yellow card merry go round, it ended with an anything but stale 0-0 draw.
A few hours later at 20 to the hour, our 2nd son was born and was right in the world.
Whilst watching this fixture I’ve had two of the best and most important occasions in my life happen and as a father, being able to share this with my sons is something quite spectacular. Not only unbelievably coincidental but almost fitting for football. Regardless of the outcome, the LFC v MCFC fixture has and will now always be, a permanent occasion in our household.
May the best attacking team emerge victorious!
Allez Allez Allez.