NBA superstar LeBron James made an impression on his first visit to Liverpool this weekend in more ways than one.
The 26-year-old, who is a minority shareholder in club owners FSG, was in attendance for the clash against Manchester United on Saturday, and was taken aback by the level of support during the North West derby.
“One of the single best experiences of my life! The excitement that these fans have is like no other. Extremely loud start/finish,” he said on Twitter.
A forward with the Miami Heat, James took his mind off the current players strike in basketball to meet Liverpool players at the club's Melwood training ground, and also children at the St Margaret’s School, which is home to the Reds' Respect 4 All centre.
James, who has his own charitable foundation in America, made his donation whilst at the school, and has helped start a fundraising campaign that could lead to a second centre being opened in the city.
“I am honoured and humbled to be a part of Liverpool FC and especially proud to help the club’s charitable efforts,” said the USA 'dream team' star.
“My foundation has always focused on giving kids the support they need to be successful. I’m excited to give this gift on my first trip and to start participating in the amazing work being done by Liverpool FC in the community.”
Liverpool FC’s foundation director, Gary Adlen, was understandably delighted with the donation, and admitted it was a pleasure to be in the company of James during his time on Merseyside.
“It’s been a real pleasure having LeBron here," Adlen added.
“We are extremely grateful for his donation which will contribute significantly to opening a second Respect 4 All centre and support even more local children in north Liverpool.”