Sheffield United defender Jack O’Connell is a Liverpool fan, and like all of us, he was buzzing with the Reds triumphant return to the pinnacle of European football last season.
Although the Blades man did admit he ended up spending most of the Champions League final analysing Liverpool for the upcoming season, he was emotional when Jordan Henderson lifted ol’ big ears for the Reds.
“All my family are Liverpool fans so we couldn’t wait to find out when we played Liverpool and to face them on New Year’s Day will be a special moment for me and my family,” O’Connell told Sky Sports
“I’m a massive Liverpool fan and went to the Champions League final in Madrid – but couldn’t really enjoy the game because I ended up analysing them as opposition next season.
“I’m guessing staying up is the main priority [for Sheffield United] but seeing Jordan Henderson lift the trophy gave me goosebumps, and I’d love it to be me one day.
“Obviously I am happy at Sheffield United. I’ve just signed a new contract and I’ve never thought about leaving, but my dream as a kid was to play for Liverpool and if they ever come knocking, although unlikely, it would be hard to turn them down.”
To be honest – it’s nice to hear someone simply being honest about the team they support in such an open way. I understand that Sheffield United aren’t rivals to Liverpool, but I think more players should be like this.
It is a bit weird though for O’Connell to tell Sky Sports that he’d find it hard to turn down a move to Anfield – he’s a Premier League defender now, and interest from Liverpool isn’t as impossible as he seems to think it is.
It’s that last comment that will likely make Blades fans feel a little uncomfortable, but, at the end of the day, he is just a lad talking about the team he supports.