FOR Enniskillen man Jimmy Hamill it was the same routine; He put on the same vintage black Liverpool jersey, drank from the same mug and positioned himself in the exact same spot he had for the last 11 league games.
What changed? Well rather than celebrating a 12th successive win and another step towards a first title in 24 years Liverpool fans were instead bemoaning a missed opportunity after losing two nil to Chelsea at Anfield.
“It was just total desolation at half-time,” Jimmy explained.
“I was quite happy with a draw. But the fans were just unbelievable, one minute after Stevie G had slipped the Liverpool fans were singing his name.
“Then they were singing You’ll Never Walk Alone immediately after the second goal, the whole crowd. It was very inspiring and really uplifting.”
Despite the disappointment of defeat he still believes Liverpool can finish on top.
“I do. In reality we have to depend on Everton and I’m going to be sitting here supporting them, which I never thought would happen.
“I still think there is a good chance that City will drop points, because they have just shown themselves prone to doing it all season.”
If Liverpool can do it, for Jimmy and his sons Eoin, Fionn and Caoilte it will be extra special as they will be in Anfield for the final league game against Newcastle. And how would it feel to see Steven Gerrard lift his first Premier League title?
“Unbelievable, but not just to be there, but to be with the three boys, because they don’t really appreciate it; the whole thing about Hillsborough, the 25th year anniversary, the crowd and the football they’re playing.
“If we beat Crystal Palace the game will still be on the line in the last game regardless of any other results and I think for us to be over there knowing the league is on the line whether they win it or not is massive progress.
“I think if we finish second and we only lose out on goal difference the atmosphere in the stadium will be unbelievable because we have come such a long way, but there will be disappointment.”
With tickets for the final game changing hands for hundreds of pounds and son Eoin already offered money for them Jimmy has no doubt where he will be come May 11 at 3pm.
“It wouldn’t even enter my head to sell them. For it to be in Liverpool’s hands would just be unbelievable.
“We go again as the great Stevie G said.”
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