NBA superstar LeBron James is well aware of the history surrounding Liverpool football club, and admits to being humbled at the fact he's involved with such a club.
The Miami Heat basketball player enjoyed his first 'soccer' match at Anfield last month, watching the Reds earn a point against arch-rivals Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League.
It was a match and atmosphere that took the former Cleveland Cavalier by surprise, and James admits the story of Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard, who scored for Liverpool on the day, is one which could bode well for future success.
"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," said James in reference to a well-publicised Tweet about the Liverpool fans.
"Liverpool have won 19 [actually 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."
James, who is a minority shareholder in the club due to his stake in Fenway Sports Group, is confident the club can recreate their glory years from the 1970s and 1980s with Dalglish at the helm.
Meeting the Scot was also a surreal experience for the USA 'Dream Team' star, who believes the Reds can join the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees as a brand recognised across the World.
"Any time you have so much history and so much power behind their story, there is great potential to continue that expansion. Liverpool are definitely one of those clubs. They really are like Manchester United - and the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees," he added.
"There are some teams and logos you see, no matter where you are in the world, and you know exactly who they are and what they mean. I see Liverpool in that group. They're striving to be a champion and I'm striving to do the same. It would be great if we could do it in the same year."News Now - Sport News