Kevin Murphy (left) aka Richie Sheehy aka’ Cork’s Biggest Liverpool Fan’ with Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool FC manager
Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:
On a dull Wednesday evening in the middle of January 2018 in Cork City, only one person could have forseen what was going to happen to Liverpool FC.
Coming from a hard days shoot of a video for a song about his beloved ‘Pana’ (known to outsiders as Patrick Street) to the beautiful melody of Tracy Chapmans ‘Fast Car’, local boy done good was a bit forlorn with the news he had just heard on the radio.
His team had sold arguably the best player in the whole city of Liverpool, and maybe even Cork. Brazilian Coutinho journeyed on to Barcelona for a sum in the region of £142 million.
Always the eternal optimist, our hero retreated to his bedroom and recorded a little ditty called ‘Salah‘. The rest as they say is history.
A viral sensation that currently has over 150 million views online.
An anthem that would have ‘The Kop’ singing it just four days after he uploaded it . While he stood proudly smiling in the middle of them all. Dreams do not come any better than this.
Amazingly that given Sunday in January 2018 all his heroes mentioned in his song ‘Salah’ scored to beat Manchester City, in what was billed as the title match.
After a lacklustre first half that ended 1-1 , ‘The Kop’ came alive and started singing Kevin Murphys ‘Salah’.
In the next nine minutes something special happened. One after the other, Firmino, then Mane and finally Salah hit the back of the net. 4-1 up and the game all but over, everyone on Merseyside was asking CoutinWHO?
That day Klopp knew he had three of the best strikers in the world to build a world class team around. Thanks to the foresight of a humble Liverpool FC supporter from the banks of the Lee. KM somehow was able to get into the mind of one the greatest tactician and strategist in the beautiful game
Kevin Murphy would go onto be treated like royalty every time he passed by or walked through Shankley’s Gates.
He travelled to the last two Champions league finals, met his heroes, performed to thousands of his fellow followers, released ‘Salah’ as a charity single, and had loads more madcap adventures with The Red Army. He is sure to have many more.
Richy Sheehy aka Kevin Murphy aka Corks Biggest Liverpool Fan, fair play to ya boy. Milk it! as they say.
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