When Liverpool host Osasuna tonight at Anfield, the 90 minutes will be much more than a final before the start of the season. The match is a tribute to former Ireland international Michael Robinson, who played for both teams in the 1980s, went on to become one of Spain’s most beloved journalists and television personalities, before dying in April 2020 skin cancer at just 61 years old. Partial lifting of COVID-19 restrictions also means Anfield stands will be at 75% capacity, with a probable atmosphere as fans under the age of 16 can attend for free. Someone who was never going to miss the opportunity is one of Robinson’s closest friends in the game Sammy Lee, his former Liverpool and Osasuna teammate. a suitable venue for the game, in front of the Kop, ”Lee told The Athletic. “Michael did a fantastic job for Liverpool while he was there. It will be a very emotional night for everyone, especially for Michael’s wife Chris and their children. He was not only a fantastic guy. , a great colleague, but I consider him a brother, to be honest I can’t put him higher than that.
The connection between the two began when Robinson joined Liverpool in 1983, where Lee was already firmly established in midfield, and together they won the hat-trick in the Division 1, the League Cup and the Cup. Europe in 1983-84.
The following season, Robinson moved on and joined the Queens Park Rangers. When Lee then found himself out of Liverpool’s first-choice eleven a few years later, his former teammate became his most important career adviser. “Michael has been very important to my professional life after Liverpool,” said Lee.