Gerrard makes Farah’s Reds dream a reality
A TICKET from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard convinced Wests Tigers veteran Robbie Farah to travel halfway around the world to watch his beloved Liverpool play in the Champions League final in Spain.
Farah is a Liverpool tragic. He has their anthem "You'll never walk alone" tattooed on his ribs. After clearing it with coach Michael Maguire and his Tigers teammates,
Farah will leave Concord after training on Thursday on a trip which take him from Sydney to Madrid via Singapore and London to catch Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League final this weekend.
Fortuitously the Tigers have the bye this week and Maguire has given the team four days off.
Farah harboured a desire to go to the game but it wasn't until Gerrard game through with one ticket that convinced Farah he had to go.
"I'd given up on going over," Farah said.
"Last week I got a message from Steven Gerrard. He said I've got you a ticket. I got to know him the couple of times he has been out here.
"I messaged him when they made the finals, to see if he had any contacts for tickets because me and my brothers were keen to get over.
"He replied saying leave it with me. I never thought anything of it, thinking he'd have a million requests for tickets. Then he messaged me telling me he had one for me. I asked how much I owed him and he said nothing.
"He is my hero and someone I always looked up to.
"I spoke to Madge (Maguire). He was a little bit concerned about the travel so far but he told me to make sure I book business and follow all the recovery protocols."
Farah will be back in Sydney on Monday and will line-up for the Tigers against Canberra on Friday night.
"It's once in a lifetime opportunity," Farah said. "It's pretty nuts. It's a long way to travel for a soccer game.
"They better bloody win. The boys have already told me to stay in Madrid if they lose because they know how filthy I'll be."