As the Reds prepare to visit Australia for the first time this summer, we asked the followers of our @LFCANZ Twitter page and fans on our Australian Facebook page to explain just why they decided to devote their lives to a team over 9,000 miles away. The answers may come from Australia but for anyone born outside of the UK, many of the reasons put forward may sound rather familiar...
"I am Lebanese Australian, married to an Englishman (Stuart Haslam) who is from Liverpool, England. I became a Liverpool supporter since the first day I met my husband in 2007. We knew each other from Facebook but we met for the first time in Dubai and that's where my passion for Liverpool started! On the first day we met, his first ever gift to me was a Liverpool jersey with my name on the back. He told me a lot about Liverpool and since then I started watching football and cheering Liverpool all the way! Liverpool became my one and only favorite team and the city itself is my favorite city.
"My first live game I saw was last year when I was in England - Liverpool vs Swansea. I became a football fanatic and lost a few friends from arguing over footy! I am very good at commentating on the games and I get things right most of the time. The first day I knew Liverpool were coming to Melbourne I was overwhelmed and told my husband we should book tickets. The next day he told me the tickets were sold out! But I still have hope that somehow we will be able to get there and watch them play in Australia! I love Liverpool and I believe in them and I will walk with them until my very last breath!"
"My Dad was born in Manchester and supports United. That was enough for me to fanatically follow Liverpool!"
"I started supporting Liverpool in 1978. While playing junior soccer my childhood dream was to play for Liverpool and my childhood hero was, and still is, Kenny Dalglish but Stevie Gerrard has also become my sporting hero. Even though my dream never came true I will never stop supporting Liverpool. Hopefully one day I will get to see Liverpool play at Anfield."
"I first saw Liverpool play Tottenham when I was eleven. We were visiting the UK from New Zealand. Since then I have always followed what they were up to. Some highs and some lows. Always inspiring. I am now 52 and living just outside Melbourne. I would love to see them again."
"I don't remember an age where I didn't support Liverpool. Years later I found out that my Dad had always supported them too. What I liked most was the flair of players like Fowler and Owen. As I got older I started to understand the sense of community and history that our great club has. Because my Dad has recently passed, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' has been transformed from a touching, beautiful song and motto to something that lives within me."
"I am not sure who my dad followed before Craig Johnston came to play for the Reds but once he did there was no other team he would dream of following. Why? Because he played with Craig's father Colin at Wallsend NSW and was proud that he had a connection with the team and a player. So unsurprisingly, Craig became a childhood hero for me and I became and always will be a diehard Liverpool supporter. We watched as many Liverpool games as we could before he went to play the big game in the sky... Thanks LFC for coming down under: you have made many dreams come true. Just wish you had come 20 years earlier so I could have gone with my Dad."
"The first game of English football I saw on the TV was the 1986 FA Cup Final. There was an Aussie - in a red shirt - scoring a goal - at Wembley. When our national rugby league took away my Bears, I jumped codes and have followed the Reds ever since."
"I started supporting Liverpool FC the day I was born. Football has been passed through my family for generations and will continue to do so. I grew up in Liverpool until I was 7, when I moved to Australia. It's been my dream to see Liverpool live but unfortunately I simply cannot afford to fly to Anfield to watch The Reds."
"I first started supporting Liverpool when Harry Kewell signed and I haven't looked back! I'm from Sydney and last year I finally saved enough money to watch two live games at Anfield. Now both my small children are also Liverpool fans."
"When I was 5 years old I remember watching the likes of Steven Gerrard playing and I knew then that Liverpool would be my team for life. I remember watching the 2005 Champions League final and the feeling of joy that I felt watching us come back from 3-0 down to win. Then in 2007, the disappointment of losing the Champions League final to Milan."
"I moved over to the UK for no reason whatsoever and managed to get my hands on some Chelsea v Liverpool tickets at Stamford Bridge. Note - at this stage I was an Aussie and had watched probably a combined total of 45 minutes of football in my life. After spending the game in the away section and collectively realising that we had a pretty decent team but had even better fans, I decided to make it official and grab myself a jersey. Following that I saw them multiple times in the UK from Anfield to Loftus Road, to 3 games at Wembley. Can't wait to see the boys again in Melbourne!"
"Craig Johnston is the reason I support Liverpool. As a kid, growing up, I always played in 7 (Skippy's number). The kids wanted 10 for Maradona, I wanted to be Skippy. I have travelled globally with football and in 2010 in South Africa, I got to meet the man [Craig Jonhson] on our tour. On the way to Durban is the Spion Kop. Not many Liverpool fans can say they saw where the Kop was named after with a Liverpool legend!"
"I grew up watching Harry Kewell play Australian football and he was (and still is) my football idol. Around the time I grasped the knowledge of football, it was in the same time frame Harry signed for LFC. I haven't looked back on supporting LFC even though Kewell moved clubs. My life will be complete when I see you guys take to the park in Melbourne against the team I follow here, Melbourne Victory."
"Growing up my old man and my brother weren't into football. All my mates were though and my interest grew as I got older. In 1995 three friends and I went to Munich for the summer. One was an Arsenal fan, one Manchester United and my best mate was a Liverpool supporter. They used to talk about football all the time and I started getting excited watching the games. I had to choose a team and went with Liverpool because of their history and my best mate supporting them. I've never looked back."
"1996 FA cup Final. I was 10 and it was well past my bedtime. My Uncle (from Liverpool, Sydney) introduced me to the passion of being a Liverpool supporter. We both were absorbed in a great contest but watched in heartache as Cantona volleyed in with 5 minutes left. We were both inconsolable. To develop so much emotion over 90 minutes sowed the seeds of an avid supporter ever since."
"I began following Liverpool because of the attitude, history, majesty and camaraderie of the club. Being an Aussie, we are continuously associated with the moniker 'battler'. I think that accords well with the Liverpool ethos of YNWA, and the battling nature of the club and its players."
"I never really liked soccer until the '06 World Cup, when I was 8. I saw Australia play and I started to love it. My favourite player was Harry Kewell, so I asked my Dad whom he played for and he told me it was Liverpool. I bought a Steven Gerrard shirt and even though Kewell didn't play for us for much longer, I'm still getting up at 2am on weeknights to watch my favourite team play."
"A while back I became interested in all things football and needed a Premier League team to follow. Liverpool caught my eye: the club was rich with history, had a meaningful motto and at the time had my favourite Australian player (Harry Kewell). Whilst watching Liverpool play, Steven Gerrard quickly became my favourite player, as he's a hard worker who always tries 100%. He is an excellent role model for young footballers everywhere."
"Before Liverpool, I focused more on the other sort of birds! As part of the newer generation of Liverpool supporters, Gerrard's performances in the Champions League during 2004-05 (especially THAT goal against Olympiakos) led me towards LFC. Learning more about their history and past greats only amplified the lure of Liverpool and passion I have for this great club. Waking up early to watch a match isn't an inconvenience, instead they're moments I readily anticipate. Now, there's only one bird in my life!"
"I started supporting LFC in 2005 after I watched the Australia vs Uruguay World Cup Qualifier. I thought Harry Kewell was the coolest player ever and started to stay up every weekend to watch him play for LFC. After watching other teams and seeing their supporters cheer, I knew LFC was my team for two main reasons: Anfield & The Kop in particular was the loudest, most passionate support I've ever heard and the history of the club won me over. There is no other team that has prouder players and support."
"My first memories of becoming a Liverpool supporter came on a day that would be remembered in Liverpool folklore. April 30th 1996 and Liverpool vs Newcastle United. I was 10 years old at the time and was watching the EPL show, as it's the only coverage we had in Australia. It was the most enthralling match I had ever witnessed. The specific moment was the winning goal by Stan Collymore. It was the moment I fell in love."
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