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Some rival club’s players might deep down be happy about Liverpool’s title win

Liverpool owes Steven Gerrard a few trophies, but it turns out that the former Red captain also won the club some top-class fans in the football world during his active career.

The exploits of the 2005 Champions League victory in Istanbul and the FA Cup victory at the Millennium Stadium a year later seem to have earned the admiration of several aspiring footballers who later became stars themselves.

A prestigious story has also meant that supporter loyalties have been passed down from generation to generation. And that's what some pretty decent gamers saw in the game, who at the moment admit that they were red wines from childhood.

Here, according to her own words, are a select few whose inner child would undoubtedly have celebrated their first league success in 30 years.

Adrien Rabiot

Current team: Juventus

What they said: “I think I would like to experience something different (outside Ligue 1). There are many very good championships, it is also very worthwhile to go elsewhere. I would like to play in the Premier League, not necessarily in a particular club, although I liked Liverpool very much when I was young. "(2017)

The Frenchman won five Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain before moving to Juventus in summer 2019.

He was a regular on a PSG team that regularly destroyed their opponents and played during his tenure in the Ligue 1 and Champions League games.

Rabiot, who plays a lower midfield role, saw limited appearances under Thomas Tuchel, which led to his journey south, but since then he's been struggling to consolidate a starting place under Maurizio Sarri.

Key statistics: Rabiot is not a productive goal scorer, but a master of the ball. The success rate in Series A is 91.4%.

Kevin De Bruyne

Current team: Manchester City

What they said: “I always followed the Premier League because my mother is half English. We probably followed it more than Belgian football and when I was young we liked Liverpool. "(2012)

The starlet's English roots in Manchester City meant that his family supported Liverpool as a child.

The Belgian international, whose youth idol was Michael Owen, has had an outstanding time in football with City and has won two Premier League titles so far.

De Bruyne had previously played for Chelsea and Wolfsburg. Since Pep Guardiola's arrival at Etihad in 2016, De Bruyne has been an integral part of the city, which has scored 52 goals and played 212 games.

Key statistics: De Bruyne has managed to secure 16 assists in the Premier League this season.

Sergio Aguero

Current team: Manchester City

What they said: “If I had to choose a league, it would be the Premier League. I've been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there. I saw the Champions League final and celebrated every goal as if it were for Independiente. "(2006)

The Argentinian striker was a youthful Liverpool fan at the time of the Reds' historic Champions League victory in Istanbul and admitted his admiration shortly before leaving the Independiente youth club for Atletico Madrid in 2006.

It was reported that at that time Aguero would have liked to work under Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in the interest of other clubs. The 32-year-old initially proved to be a successful scorer at Atletico, where he scored a total of 101 goals before moving to Etihad in 2011. Since then, he has scored 254 goals, making him Manchester City's top scorer ever.

Key statistics: Aguero has scored 16 Premier League goals this season, behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17), Mohamed Salah (17), Danny Ings (18) and Jamie Vardy (19).

Dele Alli

Current team: Tottenham

What they said: “Gerrard was a big reason why I supported Liverpool. I remember Istanbul, the FA Cup final and the game against Olympiakos: Gerrard just scored amazing goals. Gerrard had a huge impact on why I supported Liverpool. "(2015)

Alli was one of the best young talents in the country and, at just 24 years of age, has become an integral part of an impressive Spurs team led by Harry Kane every season he has spent on White Hart Lane.

The English international has prevailed in youth at Milton Keynes and, at the age of 19, sparked the interest of the then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at the beginning of 2013/14. Rodgers was talking to MK Don's manager Karl Robinson about Alli's potential and he looked like moving to Anfield – but the midfielder went to the Lilywhites for a £ 5m fee, with the Reds ruining the loss.

Alli names Gerrards Wundertor in the Champions League against Olympiakos as one of the reasons why he grew up as a supporter of the Reds.

Key statistics: Alli has scored 62 goals for Tottenham Hotspur in 220 games for the club.

Patrick Roberts

Current team: Middlesbrough (loaned from Manchester City)

What they said: "My father is a Liverpool fan and my mother is Everton, so there is a rift! My role model was Steven Gerrard and as a Reds fan the 2006 final was a great memory. It was nice to see him hit with a volley. "(2017)

23-year-old Boro winger Patrick Roberts is still a player with great potential, despite having approved another loan game outside of Manchester City.

Under Brenden Rodgers of the former Celtic lending club, the former England Under-20 international got the freedom to act as an inside striker and attack the center or stay far out.

The Celtic boss admitted that he would have broken the club's transfer record to sign Roberts if City hadn't refused to sell permanently.

Roberts was part of the Celtic team that won the Scottish Premier League and played twice in their Champions League season, scoring a clear goal in their 3-0 win over Anderlecht.

Although Roberts' parents supported rival Merseyside teams, Roberts grew up as a Liverpool fan – with Stevie's famous double in the 3: 3 FA Cup final thriller against West Ham to bring the game into extra time, a particularly nice memory for him.

Key statistics: Patrick Roberts has played five championship games so far this season but still has to qualify for his last loan team, although he recently received his first support against Stoke City.

Adebayo Akinfenwa

Current team: Wycombe Wanderers

What they said: "Let me say that to the people in the background. Standing with the captain of the Premier League Champions. Well done, fully deserved. "

Adebayo Akinfenwa is most known for his monstrous build and robust approach to the game, even now at 38, but for those who follow him on social media, his love for Liverpool is fairly obvious.

"The Beast" regularly publishes a Liverpool jersey on its Instagram page. After the Reds sealed the title, he uploaded a picture of himself that he stood with Captain Jordan Henderson.

In addition, Akinfenwa fortunately even fined when he appeared in a Liverpool jersey for a Wycombe team meeting.

"Only once was I happy to pay a club penalty !! Liverpool FC champions," was his contribution.

Key statistics: Akinfenwa had a 1-2 defeat in the FA Cup for AFC Wimbledon in January 2015 in his only career appearance against Liverpool.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

What they said: "I've always been a Liverpool fan. I can say that now, I couldn't say that when I was in England, but I've always been since I was young."

He remembered most of his time as an English coach when he was trying to integrate Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into the same team, or all of a sudden for his stay on the Manchester City pitch. It may be some surprises that Sven-Goran Eriksson is actually a Liverpool fan.

The Swedish tactician ascribes to his father that he has blushed, and maybe that has something to do with his winless record against Liverpool as a manager?

Sven has spent the past few years in Asia, leading various Chinese Super League clubs and most recently the Philippine national team, although he played only 10 games in the latter role.

Key statistics: Eriksson failed to win as manager in each of his four games against Liverpool, pulled once and lost the other three.

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