NBA superstar LeBron James: Watching Liverpool was an unbelievable experience

The basketball player is a minority shareholder at Anfield, and has backed Kenny Dalglish to deliver the Premier League title after being overwhelmed by the club's history
Basketball star LeBron James has spoken of the first time he watched Liverpool play at Anfield, describing the event as an unbelievable experience.

James, who recently became a minority shareholder at the club, watched the Reds draw 1-1 with fierce rivals Manchester United back in October and tweeted his delight at being part of the encounter.

After visiting the ground and meeting the likes of Steven Gerrard and boss Kenny Dalglish, the Miami Heat man confessed he was humbled by the history and stature of the club.

Talking to The Guardian on his derby-day tweet, James said: "That came from the simple fact of how passionate and loyal those fans are. But to walk through the facility the day before – to see all the history and achievements was very powerful.

"Liverpool have won 19 league championships [in fact, they have won 18] and it meant a lot to read about King Kenny and Steven Gerrard – a hometown kid who now captains the team.

"And then to be at Anfield and see 40,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs, the whole game, was an unbelievable experience for me."

Far from being content to sit back and bask in the history of the club, the NBA player is keen for Dalglish’s men to reach the summit of the Premier League and broaden their global appeal, something he believes is achievable.

"Absolutely," he continued. "Any time you have so much history and so much power behind their story, there is great potential to continue that expansion.

“Liverpool are definitely one of those clubs. They really are like Man U – and the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees. There are some teams and logos you see, no matter where you are in the world, and you know exactly who they are and what they mean. I see Liverpool in that group.

"It [the Premier League title] definitely gives me another incentive to be part of that team. They're striving to be a champion and I'm striving to do the same. It would be great if we could do it in the same year."

The former Cleveland Cavaliers man was full of praise for Dalglish, but confessed he found the Glaswegian accent a little alien at first.  

“King Kenny is something else!” he quipped. “His accent is very strong. So it was very difficult to understand what he was saying – but it was great being around him and [Luis] Suarez and Gerrard and Dirk [Kuyt] and those guys. I was very humbled that they knew me."

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