“Big win for the Redz @LFC vs ManU!! S/O Suarez and Gerreard on leading the club to victory. #YoullNeverWalkAlone #StriveForGreatness,” the NBA legend tweeted to his 12.1m followers, earning over 7,000 retweets and 4,000 favourites.
Liverpool took the three points and the bragging right thanks to captain Steven Gerrard, who netted two penalties, while Luis Suarez added gloss to the scoreline with a late third against David Moyes’s beleaguered side at Old Trafford.
James declared his love for the Reds back in 2011 following his first visit to Anfield. The 29-year-old, who is also a minority shareholder in Liverpool Football Club, said at the time that he was humbled people like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard knew about him when he met them for the first time.
Speaking after attending the 1-1 draw in November 2011, which James declared as “one of the single best experiences of my life”, he told the Liverpool Echo: “That came from the simple fact of how passionate and loyal those fans are.
“But to walk through the facility the day before – to see all the history and achievements was very powerful.
“Liverpool have won 18 league championships and it meant a lot to read about King Kenny and Steven Gerrard – a hometown kid who now captains the team.
“And then to be at Anfield and see 40,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs, the whole game was an unbelievable experience for me.
“King Kenny is something else.
“His accent is very strong. So it was very difficult to understand what he was saying – but it was great being around him and (Luis) Suarez and Gerrard and Dirk (Kuyt) and those guys. I was very humbled that they knew me.”
It’s unclear whether James intends on coming back to Anfield between now and the end of the season. Liverpool currently find themselves four points off Premier League leaders Chelsea with a game in hand over the Blues - and have an excellent chance of winning their first championship since 1990.