Hosting a match featuring Liverpool would be a truly major event for Mauritius

Beach In Mauritius Luke Gillam

Mauritius has long held a deep interest in English football and specifically Liverpool dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when the Reds swept all before them.

The news that Liverpool could face West Ham in a potential end-of-season friendly on the tropical island of Mauritius will be of huge significance to the country.

Located roughly 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a nation that has been enthralled by English football for decades.

Liverpool's dominance at home and abroad in the 1970s and 1980s just so happened to coincide with the introduction of television coverage of the Football League First Division, as it was known then, on the island.

Naturally fans from the home of the Dodo bird gravitated towards the Reds as they racked up European cups and league titles, one after the other.

And there started a love affair with Liverpool that has grown exponentially throughout the years.

Mauritius' national sport is football but after the Premier League was formed the obsession with the English game took on new levels, to the extent that there was an erosion of interest in local football. What this meant was Liverpool became, in a way, a symbol of the 'local club'.

Manchester United's success in the modern era has seen them attract newer fans and indeed the country is now very much divided by the loyalty to each side. You're either a Red or a Red Devil. Given their success came first, Liverpool just about still hold sway in terms of popularity however.

For Mauritius to possibly host a Liverpool match it would represent the ultimate dream for their fans from the island. After all, it is no exaggeration to say that whenever the Reds win a game, there are party-like celebrations and fireworks on streets up and down the island.

So, if Liverpool do roll up the the Anjalay Stadium, the nation's 30,000- capacity showpiece sports venue, a week after the Premier League ends as has been mooted, then expect the entire country to come to a stand still.

Will the friendly go-ahead and if so, can it boost Liverpool's popularity in Mauritius even further?

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