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Sevilla defender Simon Kjaer admits his Liverpool-mad family WON'T be supporting him at Anfield

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 13/09/2017 Paul Gorst
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Simon Kjaer may have plenty of fans cheering him on when he travels with Sevilla to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday - but none of them will be amongst his family!

Denmark international Kjaer comes from a family of Liverpool followers and is unlikely to find any support on Wednesday evening when the La Liga side kick-off their Champions League campaign at Anfield.

In fact, such is the Kjaer family's love of the Reds, the defender was ordered to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard when he came up against the Reds legend on the international stage in 2014.

Speaking to The Mirror, the Sevilla centre-back admitted: "Some of my family are lifelong, die-hard Liverpool supporters, so I’m not completely sure they will support me 100 per cent in this game.

“When I played for Denmark against England, my dad practically forced me to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard - so he could have it."

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Despite openly admitting to hailing from a family of Liverpool fanatics, Kjaer stopped short of professing his own love of the Reds, but said they were a big influence on him when growing up in his homeland.

"My own football passion is linked to my club and my national team," he added.

"It is different when you play yourself. I am a professional and not a fan of any other club than the one I represent.

"Generations of football-mad Danish kids have been brought up on the English game and Liverpool have been a great club in the last 50 years.

“I grew up with English football - and Liverpool FC in particular - in my childhood home in Denmark, and these are the two best leagues in the world, that is for sure."

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Wednesday night's game is the first meeting between the sides since Sevilla broke Liverpool hearts in the 2016 Europa League final.

It is also the first Champions League game Anfield has hosted since the Reds were dumped out at the group stages of the competition in December 2014.

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