On Friday night, when the Red Sea flowed into the Singapore Sports Hub, Abdul Alem headed to the seat behind the goal at Crystal Palace.
An avid football fan, his love for the beautiful game began decades ago during the heyday of the Malaysia Cup.
At that time, his family couldn’t afford a ticket. Instead, Mr. Alime scrambled the pillars of the old national stadium and stared at the stars of the Singapore national team.
But his other love has always been Liverpool.
He has never watched a match in Anfield, but he has watched a match in Singapore twice in 2001 and 2009.
When it was announced that they would visit again, there was only one thing to do. Call your nephew, who loves Liverpool, and get a ticket.
Mr. Alime was immersed in the atmosphere, sang with fellow enthusiastic fans, and praised the players as the lineup was read.
“It’s overwhelming. Let’s see how many red jerseys there are. It’s the next best thing to watch a match in Anfield, so we need to seize the opportunity,” he said.
Alim’s two favorite players, Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz, have joined the Reds.
“I’m just here to enjoy the game. It doesn’t matter if I win or lose as long as I can enjoy it,” added Aleem, who brought his 12-year-old son Zachary Iskandar to the game.