LIVERPOOL, England — LeBron James took his talents to Liverpool on Friday – and finally got his hands on a championship trophy.
The Miami Heat star toured the Premier League club’s facilities for the first time since becoming a shareholder of the 18-time English champions. James held up the Champions League trophy won by Liverpool in 2005 and posted a picture on Twitter of a red No. 6 jersey with his name on it.
The two-time MVP will sit in the directors’ box at Anfield Stadium for Saturday’s Premier League match against Liverpool rival Manchester United.
“Jersey ready for the big match 2morrow,” James tweeted.
Liverpool’s official website said James held up the Champions League trophy won by Liverpool in Istanbul, Turkey, and was told about the team’s rally from 3-0 down at halftime to beat AC Milan on penalties.
“That is an amazing trophy! Can I hold it up?” James said.
James brought the club store “to a standstill,” the website said, after spending 20 minutes shopping for scarves and clothes for his two young sons back home.
The superstar caused laughter among the fans by attempting to ‘shoot’ a small LFC soccer ball into a basket 10 yards away. He missed.
James will not be joined at the match by Liverpool’s principal owner John Henry, who is dealing with the Boston Red Sox’ failure to make the playoffs.
In April, James obtained a small stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns Liverpool and the Red Sox.