Manchester United star Daley Blind reveals 'special day' created by Liverpool cult figure Jari Litmanen

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The Dutchman went to Anfield aged 10 to watch Liverpool take on Arsenal.

Manchester United take on Liverpool in the Premier League later today, reigniting perhaps the greatest rivalry in English football.

But for one Manchester United player, he owes a former Liverpool player a certain debt of gratitude.

Talking to the Daily Mail, Dutch international Daley Blind has revealed how a gift from former Liverpool player Jari Litmanen helped him take in his first live Premier League game.

He stated:

"It left a great impression on me.

"As a young boy from Holland who loved football, I just took everything in. The crowd noise and atmosphere were crazy. It was a special day."

Litmanen was a team-mate of Danny Blind, Daley’s father, at Ajax between 1992 and 1999, both vital members of Louis van Gaal’s great Ajax team of the early to mid-90s.

But he of course had a memorable, but short spell at Liverpool, where he gained cult status among the Anfield faithful.

In his 18 months with the club he scored nine goals in 43 appearances but was popular for his mercurial style on the football pitch.

The Finnish legend left Liverpool to return to Ajax in 2002, where Daley was starting to impress in the youth system.

That was Blind’s only previous visit to Anfield, where he watched Arsenal take on Liverpool. Today he will be hoping to be a winner as a Manchester United player on Merseyside.

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