Fans give Liverpool stars warm welcome

Top News | Amy Nip and Ellen He Jul 18, 2017
Hundreds of football fans, including one who traveled all the way from Singapore, thronged Hong Kong's international airport yesterday to welcome Liverpool stars, who arrived for the Premier League Asia Trophy. The sold-out matches also feature Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City and will be held tomorrow and on Saturday at Hong Kong Stadium. For Liverpool fans, it was the end of a long wait as the team's last visit to Hong Kong was in 2007. Team manager Juergen Klopp made up for the long delay by signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. Jordan Brian Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren were all smiles too - a big contrast to Leicester City footballers who ignored the pleas of fans and went straight to their coach at the airport yesterday. Asked about his refusal to use social media, the 50-year-old Klopp said he no longer felt 20. "I am definitely too old for social media. I see no point telling people what I am doing every second," he said, adding he is not interested in uploading pictures of him going to the loo. Liverpool sent a 25-man team to Hong Kong, including major players except for Mamadou Sakho, Lazar Markovic and Sadio Mane. Danise Cheng Fung-ting said she waited for the Liverpool players with her 10-year-old son for more than six hours outside their hotel lobby despite the rain. She has been a fan for over 10 years. "My son had watched all the matches played by Liverpool FC since he was born," Cheng said. Yehia EzzEldin, 23, came from Singapore to meet his favorite player - Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian winger who has just signed a five-year deal. EzzEldin is from Egypt as well and he now works full-time in Singapore as a engineer. He asked his boss for a day off so that he could fly to Hong Kong. "I don't care how exhausting it is, I just want to see him," he said. "Salah is hardworking and polite. He is super famous in Egypt." Watching Premier League from the age of six, EzzEldin has been a Salah fan since he was eight.

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