Steven Gerrard once said “If Liverpool played a Cup final on the moon our fans would find a way of getting there,” a group of Kopites look set to prove the Reds legend right to an extent. A squadron of Liverpool fans are preparing to watch the Reds play Aston Villa in the League Cup on the 17th of December before jetting off to watch the lads in the Club World Cup in Qatar a day later.
The League Cup has caused a lot of controversy with the Reds this year. Liverpool edged past Arsenal on penalties after a 5-5 thriller at Anfield but Jürgen Klopp told the press that he may be forced to withdraw from the competition if the powers that be couldn’t find a sensible date.
A sensible date was needed due to the Reds Middle East obligations. The quarter finals of the League Cup are scheduled for the 17th and 18th of December, the semi finals of the Club World Cup are scheduled for the 18th. Eventually an agreement was reached and the squad will be split in two in order for the team to fulfil two fixtures in two days across two continents.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Liverpool fan Matty Johnson revealed how his plan fell into place:
“My mate, Doug, is in charge of all the bookings and everything, he’s got an eye for a deal, and he found a route flying from Birmingham on the Wednesday morning and back on the Sunday morning to Birmingham. Then it all came about with Aston Villa in the League Cup on the Tuesday night and we were obviously staying in Birmingham that night so it made perfect sense to go to the game. It was a case of it just happened for us.”
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Although (as it often does with these things) serendipity has played its part, it is testament to the will and character of the Anfield faithful that these fans will watch their heroes play in the League Cup and Club World Cup despite the obvious obstacles.
Liverpool fans have been critical to the team’s success throughout history. Without the twelfth man that Kopites provide, we would not have been able to pull of some of the comebacks that we have. Fingers crossed that these wanderlust stricken Reds fans will be able to spur their team on once again.