As Liverpool take on Wolverhampton Wanderers tonight in a game which, if they win, could, potentially, net them the English Premier League (EPL) title, their official fan club in Bahrain has made arrangements to cheer their team on together.
“We are going to have a gathering in Seef for our members and other Liverpool supporters,” Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Bahrain (OLSC, Bahrain) treasurer, Abdulla Abdulrahman, told the GDN.
“We expect about 35-40 people to be there,” he added. “It could be even more, since there is a lot of interest in the game.”
Liverpool have already won two titles this season and, if they win the EPL championship too, they could be on course to completing a historic quadruple which they hope to achieve by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final next week.
But they are adrift of table-toppers, Manchester City, by just one point and, if City, who will be playing Aston Villa at the same time in the last round of EPL games for the season, manage to win their match, the issue will have been pushed out of Liverpool’s reach.
A City draw – or outright defeat – along with a Liverpool win is what all Reds supporters will be hoping for and Abdulrahman said both results going in his team’s favour was not outside the realm of possibility.
“Nothing is impossible in football,” he stressed. “We’re hoping that Aston Villa can defeat City outright while, at the same time, we are able to win against the Wolves.”
Wolverhampton have no actual stake in the competition, having not had the best time during the season, and are in eighth place on the table.
But they will be playing for pride and Wolves supporters are confident that their team will throw a spanner in Liverpool’s plans.
“Liverpool are going to have a fight on their hands,” Darshan Singh, a Wolves fan since he was eight, declared to the GDN.
Singh, a management consultant, has been based in Bahrain since 1996, after having grown up in Wolverhampton.
“I’m a dreamer,” he said. “I’m optimistic. I am confident that the Wolves will upset Liverpool tonight.”
Meanwhile, Abdulrahman said he and other Liverpool supporters believe that Liverpool can achieve the unprecedented quadruple of titles.
“We’ve very proud of the team. They’ve been playing at least two times a week throughout the season in multiple competitions and they’ve been winning throughout,” he explained. “The Champions League final against Real Madrid will be the 63rd game they will have played this season. They are true champions!”
The OLSC’s chairman, Dr. Dheya Tawfeeqi, and some other OLSC board members left for England last night to ensure they could be present at the stadium for the crucial game tonight, Abdulrahman added.
“Several other loyal Reds supporters have also gone with them,” he said. “This game is a huge deal for all of us. Hopefully, we will win.”
However, Singh, the Wolves supporter, was convinced that his team would perform well against a Liverpool team that has looked unstoppable this season.
“The Wolves will hunt in packs tomorrow,” he quipped. “And they’ll score the first goal. Just wait and see.”