Liverpool Football Club is a team I have no ties to at all. Through the persistence of some good friends I decided I was going to start following Liverpool a few years back and became a fan. I am so glad I did.
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky
The lyrics listed above are the first lines from the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s the anthem for Liverpool. It is similar to “Rocky Top” for the University of Tennessee. Their fans have been singing it since the 1960s and you cannot go to a match without hearing it belted out from the boisterous fans holding red scarves above their heads.
I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to see them play an exhibition game. It was better than anything I could have imagined.
My friend Ryan, who I went with to the game, asked me why Liverpool was so popular and I could not come up with a good answer. They are certainly one of the more successful teams in Europe which helps tremendously, but they do seem to have an inordinate amount of fans, especially in the U.S.
I believe it is because people can relate to the team more so than other soccer clubs.
It’s eerie to think about the crazy highs and lows the club has had over the last few decades. From the Hillsborough disaster, which saw the death of 96 supporters, through major victories, it has been full of ups and downs.
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Sticking with Liverpool hasn’t been easy. Even though they have had great success recently it has not come without disgraceful acts of a former player as well as a debacle at the end of the season which prevented them from winning their first premier league title since 1990.
Following Liverpool these past few seasons has been a microcosm of life for me. So many highs and so many lows. I think everyone can relate to that. I have had some major high points in life the past few years. From marrying my best friend, to traveling outside of the country for the first time, to raises at work, it has been amazing.
I have had some real lows the past few years as well. Losing way too many family members, anxiety attacks, and taking body blows from the prize fighter known as life, it has been tough. I believe we all can relate in one way or another. Life is a never ending roller coaster of unreal levels of happiness and devastating spells of sadness.
As a Christian I have the advantage of knowing I truly will never be alone. Through every high and every low God is with me. It is what keeps me steady when things are great and when they’re not. I also have incredible support from family and friends that don’t care what I have accomplished or what I have done wrong. They are there for me regardless.
I will be a Liverpool fan for life. I feel as attached to them as I do my alma mater. When I hear the fans singing before, during, and after games I will be reflecting. Thinking about the highs and lows, and most importantly remembering I will never walk alone.