05 January 2020 18:41
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has dedicated his entire pre-Merseyside derby programme notes to Everton supporter Speedo Mick. The fundraiser is pausing his latest attempt to raise money – a walk from John O'Groats to Lands End wearing just his swimming trunks and a Santa hat – to attend the Blues visit to Anfield on Sunday afternoon. The 55-year-old, aka Michael Cullen, has attracted a lot of attention for his incredible efforts already and will be collecting money outside the ground ahead of the derby. Mick is raising money for Leave The Light On, fundraising for community projects for disadvantaged young people, with his walk – set to take around seven weeks. And opposing captain Henderson took the chance to dedicate his entire programme notes to Speedo Mick – who has already raised over £75,000 in his efforts.
"For most at today's game Speedo Mick will need no introduction, but for anyone who isn't aware of who he is and what he does then his name is definitely worth a quick Google. "I first heard about Mick a couple of years ago, but I don't think I have the words to do him justice. People who are actually from Liverpool tell me he's become a local hero because of the work he does for charity and, given what he's up to at the moment, it's easy to see why." Everton and Liverpool fans have a long history of putting their rivalries to one side for causes that matter. And Henderson has no doubt that will be the case once again for Mick's cause – but the Reds captain stopped short of wishing the fundraiser's beloved Blues would pick up a result. "I'm reliably informed that Mick is planning on taking a break from his charity walk so he can be at today's game and if he does make it I hope he gets all the support that he deserves.
Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi: "It is very tough. They are one of the best teams in the Premier League, with a young manager who has quality. They have quality players and are a fantastic team. "We just want to not get ridiculed and to disturb them a little bit. We want to give a good image of our club and our team, but of course we cannot compete at the same level.
"We must enjoy it, we must fight and we must run all together because it will be a very tough game. We want to go there and try to disturb them, to play our game, to put in a good performance and give some time for some players." Everton fans turned their backs as Liverpool fans sung YNWA at Anfield ahead of the FA Cup clash Everton fans turned their backs to the pitch as You'll Never Walk Alone bellowed out at Anfield ahead of their FA Cup third round tie, something that was not gratefully received amongst the home crowd. The Blues took a stand against the famous anthem, with some putting two fingers up behind their heads. Former Everton striker Gary Lineker tweeted a picture of the away section, captioning the image: "Turning the other cheek. @Everton fans' reaction to YNWA." Football fans began to engage in friendly banter below Lineker's tweet. While one Liverpool fan hit back: "Probably tired of being reminded that they're the city's second-best team." JUST IN: Chelsea willing to pay 'big money' for transfer target Frank Lampard has likened to Drogba Everton fans put their middle fingers up to Liverpool as they sung YNWA Everton fans turn their backs on YNWA. Something that may catch on in away ends at Anfield... pic.twitter.com/xUkdu5cA3j — Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) January 5, 2020