24 March 2020 04:35
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Liverpool Echo - Liverpool FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Basketball superstar LeBron James has reiterated his love for Liverpool. The LA Lakers star owns a minority stake in the Reds and has close ties to owners FSG. He's also represented by Liverpool's new kit manufacturer Nike, and it's expected that the Reds will look to tap into James' popularity in the USA as a means of promoting the club in America. James has been to Anfield on several occasions and has reiterated his affection for the club in a live Instagram Q&A. Asked what were his favourite footballers, he said: "Favourite soccer players...
I got a few. Straight up. And James would go on to declare his love for French striker Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a move from PSG to Anfield. He added: "Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are legends, I love those guys. James, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time having won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals, was invited in 2011 by Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group to buy a minority 2% stake in the club worth $6.5million which by last year ESPN estimated to have risen in value to approximately $32million.
With the world of sports on lockdown due to the global Covid-19 virus pandemic, LA Lakers star LeBron James has spent time engaging with his 61million followers via Instagram live. The 35-year-old hosted a Q&A session on the social media platform and was asked to list his favourite football (soccer) players. "Favourite soccer player? I've got a few of them, a few great soccer players," he said. "First off, every player on Liverpool. Straight up, every player on Liverpool. "(Kylian) Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are legends, man.... I love those guys. I love Cristiano Ronaldo. I love Neymar, love Mbappe. He then added after a prompt: "Messi, yeah, for sure. Messi, legend. Zlatan? His crazy ass. He's crazy, but he damn good, though." Full screen Real Sociedad's Spanish defender Diego Llorente (L) and Real Sociedad's Spanish midfielder Ander Guevara (R) challenge Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi LLUIS GENE (AFP) Follow our live coverage of the coronavirus crisis