SINGAPORE — In a nondescript corner of Woodlands, far from the Liverpool home ground of Anfield, some Reds fans savoured the experience of lifting the English Premier League (EPL) trophy just hours after their beloved club were awarded that title on Thursday (23 July).
Granted, the trophy is a replica version, and there were no accompanying fireworks and pulsating music like the award ceremony at Anfield when captain Jordan Henderson lifted the coveted EPL trophy. That did not stop the fans from sporting wide grins as they posed for photos with the replica trophy.
The idea to share the joyous occasion with fellow Reds came from die-hard fan James Lim, who once headed the official Liverpool fan club in Singapore.
The 55-year-old had purchased the replica EPL trophy from an online source to commemorate Liverpool winning the title for the first time in their illustrious history and ending a 30-year wait to be crowned domestic league champions again.
When it arrived on his doorsteps on Sunday, he decided that the best thing he could do is to share his passion for the club with other Reds fans in his community in Woodgrove Zone 5 in the Marsiling-Yew Tee constituency.
“I mean, there’s no point keeping the trophy at home for no one else to see,” he told Yahoo News Singapore. “I know that many of my neighbours are Liverpool fans, so I wanted to give them a chance to hold up the trophy and feel happy.”
He went into action straightaway, securing the permission of the owner of a provision shop next to his flat to set up a small podium to put the hefty trophy. Then he got a printer company to print out a banner proclaiming Liverpool as the champions of this EPL season. Finally, he used social media to inform his neighbours and community acquaintances to come down on Thursday afternoon if they wanted to take photos with the trophy.
By Tuesday, everything was settled, and on Thursday afternoon, Liverpool fans living around the provision shop began trickling down to the shop corner and cheerfully posed with the trophy.
As the fans wore wide grins while snapping their photos, Lim said, “It’s a good feeling to see the smiles on their faces. The club is all about being part of a family, and I’m just a resident who wants to share my love for Liverpool.”
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