Adrian Valles heads to the final Superleague Formula by Sonangol round of the season in Jarama this weekend with the personal backing of Liverpool FC's star names after visiting Anfield yesterday.
Following Tottenham Hotspur title rival Craig Dolby's guest appearance at White Hart Lane at the end of October, Valles travelled to Merseyside to see the players in action at Melwood Training Ground. Once finished, some of the club's Spanish contingent, including manager Rafa Benitez, star striker Fernando Torres and goalkeeper Pepe Reina, not to mention club captain and England International Steven Gerrard, took time out to discuss this weekend's upcoming title showdown before personally passing on their best wishes.
From there it was on to Anfield, Liverpool's historic home ground and one of the most famous stadiums in world football. First stop was the home dressing room before following in the footsteps of some of the game's most revered players by reaching up and touching the lucky "This is Anfield" motif that greets teams before emerging from the tunnel and on to the pitch.
After taking in the atmospheric arena and Kop End, the steep bank of seats where the most passionate home supporters gather, it was on to the Anfield trophy room which has housed a record 18 English League titles, seven FA Cups and five European Cups, amongst others.
Adrian said: "It was amazing to be with the players while they trained. Afterwards I spoke to a few of them who said they'd been following the championship with interest before wishing me luck. Then I went to Anfield, which I visited for a match last season, and although it was empty it's still a very impressive place, one of the best grounds I've been to. It's really important for me and Liverpool fans that I win the championship this weekend. Our destiny is in my hands now but there's no pressure because if I just go there and drive a normal race the result will come."
Liverpool's manager Rafa Benitez added: "It was great that Adrian could join us on Monday and see Anfield for himself. I know the players were looking forward to meeting him as most have an interest in cars and have been following Liverpool's progress in Superleague Formula all season. On behalf of the entire club, I would like to pass on the best of luck to Adrian and the team."
Liverpool go head-to-head against fellow British club Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday for the Superleague Formula crown. See all three races live on British Eurosport 2 (Sky Digital 411 and Virgin Media 525) at 9am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.