Liverpool Star Volunteers At Foodbank To Promote Their Great Work In The City
Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson took time out from training ahead of the Merseyside derby to promote the work done by the city's foodbanks.
While the city of Liverpool may be divided by football, the community spirit shown by the Scottish international in a video issued by Liverpool's official Twitter account is especially good to see in the run-up to Christmas.
Robertson spent some time with the foodbank volunteers to get a first hand look.
"It's a real eye opener for me to see the work they do is incredible."
There will be drop-off points for fans to donate food dotted around Anfield today.
Writing in his programme notes, Liverpool's Jordan Henderson also applauded the work done by the foodbanks.
“In the days leading up to today’s game there has been a big push to support the foodbanks," he explained. "It's a cause which is always worthy and none more so than at this time of year when the struggle to make ends meet becomes even more challenging for families throughout the country.
“On Merseyside we are both fortunate and unfortunate in this respect. We are unfortunate because the need for this kind of initiative is greater here than it is in other parts, but we are fortunate because the people of this city have no peers when it comes to standing together and sticking up for one another.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are a Red or a Blue, there is something about Liverpool as a city which creates this kind of solidarity. I am not from this area so I can’t claim to be any kind of expert about why this is the case, but in the time that I have been at Liverpool I have seen and heard of enough examples to make me appreciate why this is such a special place.
“The fact that Fans Supporting Foodbanks was founded on Merseyside by supporters of Everton and Liverpool is not a coincidence. I know people long for the return of what was known as the 'friendly derby', but the kind of friendliness that underpinned that era can still be found outside Goodison Park and Anfield on matchdays when the lads from the foodbanks collect on behalf of those in need.
“I shudder to think what would happen if people were not so generous, particularly with so many families in this area experiencing hardship through no fault of their own. That is what makes it so heartening that everyone in Merseyside football – players, clubs, supporters – come together to try to make a difference."