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Chaplain congratulates champions Liverpool and pays tribute to timely anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone

“We are indeed never alone,” the Westminster Chaplain for Sport has said while congratulating Liverpool Football Club on winning the Premier League for the first time in its history.

Liverpool’s long wait for a league title was finally ended after 30 years on Thursday evening when Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea handed a 19th league championship to the club, their first in the Premier League era.

As Liverpool fans celebrated their team finally reaching the pinnacle of the Premier League after coming so close in previous seasons, Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, Westminster Chaplain for Sport and CEO of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, paid tribute to the club and their official anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The chaplain explained that the song, the title of which has also been the club’s motto for decades, is particularly timely for all people amid this time of great uncertainty brought about due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted that the club had proven how when you follow the motto and “walk together”, rather than alone, it leads to victory and success.

“On Thursday evening, having heard on the radio that Liverpool were – after 30 years – Premier League champions, their song awakened in my heart,” Mgr Felzmann told The Catholic Universe.

You’ll Never Walk Alone, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their musical Carousel came out just before the end of World War II. As we are coming out of the Covid-19 lockdown it seemed to chime with the feelings of so many these past three months. Even when self-isolating, and ‘shielding’, God was – always is – with us: always there. We are indeed, never alone. The words are worth a ponder,” the chaplain said.

“As I read somewhere, ‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together’,” Mgr Felzmann added. “The Liverpool club – its squad and all the back-ground staff – together with Jürgen Norbert Klopp, their German manager, got there.

“Congratulations, Liverpool! You have made Cardinal Vincent Nichols a happy man.”

You’ll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

This weekend’s football fixtures

Saturday 27th June

Premier League
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers – kick-off: 12.30pm

FA Cup
Norwich City v Manchester United – kick-off: 5.30pm

Sunday 28th June

Premier League
Watford v Southampton – kick-off: 4.30pm

FA Cup
Sheffield United v Arsenal – kick-off: 1.00pm
Leicester City v Chelsea – kick-off: 4.00pm
Newcastle United v Manchester City – kick-off: 6.30pm

Picture: The Shankly Gates at Anfield, Liverpool. (Anthony Devlin/PA).

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