As well as being a master of the basketball court, LeBron James has an astute business mind and has his fingers in many successful pies. One of those comes in the form of his involvement with FSG (Fenway Sports Group), which owns the English Premier League team, Liverpool.
The Anfield team is currently enjoying an astonishing season and has already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp’s side has an outside shot at winning the Premier League but will need Manchester City to slip up in their final game of the season.
Meanwhile, the icing on the cake of the season may come in the form of a Champions League success. Liverpool will face Spanish giants Real Madrid in a repeat of 2018 final, which Klopp lost, and LeBron is confident that his side will prevail.
LeBron James put in a superb individual effort during the current NBA season, and though the Lakers were seen as a big favorite at the start, as seen on the sidelines, they ended with a wholly unacceptable 33-49 record that saw them dumped out of the regular season.
The 18-time NBA All-Star pick will hope that Liverpool puts in a better performance when they go head to head with Real Madrid in Paris this month.
During a Twitter Q&A, LeBron was asked for his prediction for the Champions League final, and he responded;
“4-3 US!!!! YNWA”
The YNWA is an acronym for You’ll Never Walk Alone and a reference to the anthem that is closely connected to the team. A watching neutral will certainly hope for a goal-filled final though one imagines Klopp would be happy to see his side win in any way possible.
Real Madrid clinched the Spanish domestic title some time ago and has therefore had time to rest a number of their star players ahead of the final though Liverpool hasn’t had that luxury, and that may well be a factor when the two teams do battle in the season-ending finale.
Liverpool has endured a very long season, challenging on multiple fronts, and their chances of success rest on just how much their star players have left in their lockers.
German coach Klopp is well known for his ability to get the most out of his players, and this is where these skills will become paramount.
The fact that Liverpool is taking part in a third Champions League final in five years is an achievement in itself, and the club’s loyal fans, LeBron included, will hope that they can edge past Real Madrid to secure what would be their seventh European Cup/Champions League triumph.
No doubt LeBron will be present at the Stade-Denis to cheer Liverpool on as they seek to gain a measure of revenge for the 3-1 defeat in 2018.
As far as their push for the Premier League title, Liverpool faces Wolves on the final weekend of the season, and a win would leave Pep Guardiola’s Man City side needing to beat Aston Villa in their encounter in order to win the Premier League title for the fourth time in five seasons.