A week ago, Mike Kearney was hugging his cousin at the racks at Anfield after Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to the Champions League knock out stages.
A week later he was embracing the goalscorer himself.
After having a video of those lifelong Reds fans went viral Kearney was encouraged by salah into Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.
It shows Kearney’s cousin, Stephen Garcia, talking him through Salah’s vital goal against Napoli.
Egypt forward Salah watched the footage of the 26-year-old, that was born with sight problems and has been registered blind since he was seven years old, and inquired whether it’d be possible to meet him.
Along with becoming to learn more about the centers and being passed a signed top by Salah, Kearney chatted to director Jurgen Klopp, goal keeper Alisson and striker Divock Origi.
“They had been such a wonderful bunch of lads and everybody was very composed,” Kearney told BBC Sport.
“I said to Alisson’when it was not for your save, the video wouldn’t have gone viral as we wouldn’t have gone through!’ And he was laughing.”
Kearney is a routine at Anfield, but says it was a surreal adventure to really move behind the scenes and watch Liverpool’s players at activity at Melwood.
“In Anfield, it’s part of the planet that you understand well, however behind the curtain it is like’wow’,” he added.
“It is how big the operation is, how big the pitches are and just how much goes into it – I’ll always be thankful to Mo and the team .”