Today I walked into the living room to see Tyler and Fox watching a soccer (football) match on television and immediate recognized the red jerseys, remembering that Liverpool FC was playing in the Europa League Final today. While the boys went down to Sevilla, it brought me back to one of my favorite days of our recent trip to Great Britain.
We arrived in Liverpool early in the evening, which meant we were able to grab some takeaway fish & chips before settling into the hotel after a long drive from Stirling, Scotland. The city was eerily quiet, except for every pub packed with fans and blasting the announcers of the Liverpool FC v Everton match that was taking place at that time nearby at Anfield.
Seeing that energy helped prep us for the next day, which included a full tour of the stadium and pitch. While literally everything went over my head (and most likely went over Tyler’s as well), it was such a unique experience to see this historic sports landmark, especially seeing the stadium full on the television just the night before.
We were told about the history of the stadium, the background of the naming of each of the four grandstands, and heard plenty of jokes about rival clubs that we laughed along with. The tour was fast-paced and stretched from the top of the stands for gorgeous panoramic views all the way down to the field. Tyler even took home some fresh-cut Anfield grass.
At the end of the tour we browsed through the Liverpool FC Story, an interactive museum that helped demonstrate the significance of the club and what it means to Liverpool residents and fans around the world. All 120 years of the club and its fans’ history are documented, and we were able to see the club’s 5 European trophies on display right in front of us. Before the exit, a haunting rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” sung by thousands of fans plays on repeat, a tradition that takes place before the start of every home game.
Even though we had a tight schedule, we couldn’t leave without a stop for lunch at the Boot Room Cafe, a large restaurant with televisions in every booth, and even FIFA video games set up nearby.
Fox was lucky enough to get a home jersey and Tyler picked up a Liverpool FC half scarf. I think it’s fair to say that we are all fans now.