Basketball star LeBron James has a lot of free time on his hands with the NBA season on hiatus due to a lockout, and the star small forward plans to make use of it by checking up on his investment in England.
The minority owner of Liverpool FC, James announced that he will be at Anfield to watch the Reds face rival Manchester United in what promises to be another intense match. On Friday, James went on Twitter to post a customized red Liverpool jersey with a No. 6 on the back and with LeBron on top of it.
He also posted: Just got to Liverpool, England. Riding through the city. What a beautiful place. Home and birthplace of the One and Only BEATLES.
There is no rush for James to return to Miami as NBA commissioner David Stern has already cancelled the first two weeks of the season, and the entire season is in jeopardy with no labor agreement in place.
James might decide to stick around Liverpool. The Reds will have another home match on Oct. 22, when they host Norwich City, a club that is expected to struggle to stay in the Premier League.
Saturday's match against United is certainly the big draw, especially with the wrath Red Devils' forward Wayne Rooney can expect from Liverpool fans for his unnecessary foul against a Montenegro player while playing with England that earned him a suspension from group play in Euro 2012.
The match also marks the return of attacking midfielder Steven Gerrard, who has been sidelined due to a groin injury. James might remember that it was Gerrard who scored in the first half against the United States in World Cup 2010.
Gerrard will receive a hero's welcome back to Anfield. The veteran may not be fit to play the full 90 minutes, but his presence should be a great lift to the club.
Liverpool defeated Manchester United, 3-1, the last time the two clubs met at Anfield, and has dominated the defending champions in recent years.
James posted this on Twitter: Ready for the big match tomorrow. I can't wait!!! Amazing.
There have been no reports on whether James will sing the Liverpool lyrics to the sound of Glory, Glory Hallelujah: Who the f--k are Man United/ Who the f--k are Man United/Who the f--k are Man United/When the Reds go marching on, on, on.