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Liverpool Echo
Luke Traynor

Confident Liverpool FC fan gets Premier League champions tattoo

A Liverpool fan has got himself a 2019-2020 Premier League Champions tattoo - even though there is more than three months left to go in the season.

Confident Mark Gretton is a lifelong Reds supporter who is so convinced Jurgen Klopp's men will win the league that he's had one of his arms colourfully and permanently inked.

The 53-year-old thinks Liverpool are such surefire bankers for their first league title in 30 years, currently holding a 22-point lead over Manchester City, he's gone under the needle.

The dad-of-four had the Liver Bird tattoo done seven days ago, after the Reds beat Wolves 2-1 away at Molineux , to further stretch their impressive lead.

Mark Gretton and his Liverpool FC 2019-2020 league champions tattoo, three months before the end of the season (handout)

He got the idea after chatting with Scouse comedian John Bishop, who joked who he'd had a tattoo booked in for the last 30 years, referencing the last time Liverpool won the league in 1990.

Mark, who lives in Brighton and works at a printing firm, got the £100 body art done for free, by a good friend at Oscar Jack's Tattoo Parlour in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Mark Gretton and his Liverpool FC 2019-2020 league champions tattoo, three months before the end of the season (handout)

Already, plenty of banter has been flying back and forth, with Chelsea fan friends telling Mark current captain Jordan Henderson will have a "Steven Gerrard slip moment" to hijack the party.

The husband told the ECHO: "I'm so confident now we've won it, that I got the tattoo done.

"They've got to win it now, surely.

"I don't regret it one bit, I'm embracing it, I love it.

"My wife doesn't realise the league doesn't end until May, she think it's finished now!

"I've had digs from Chelsea fans in work, but it's just jealousy.

"I get to games at Anfield when I can, I love the city and the banter.

"I started supporting Liverpool during the Kevin Keegan and John Toshack era, when I was aged about eight.

"I met Bob Paisley once.

"I've had lots of people telling me I've had the tattoo too early, and what will I do if it goes wrong?

"I guess I'll run for the hills if that happens.

"But I'm confident it's game over, it's got to be.

"Liverpool fans can be very pessimistic, but we need to savour this."

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