Suppose again to whenever you have been 5 years outdated. Would you’ve gotten had the center to mug off one in every of Liverpool and England’s biggest ever footballers?
However Jack Nickless wasn’t like another five-year-old as he proved simply earlier than Chelsea confronted Liverpool within the Premier League again in February 2006.
The Blues have been properly on their strategy to profitable a second successive league title however tensions would have been excessive as they ready to face the Reds. Their rivalry intensified when Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez took cost of Chelsea and Liverpool respectively in 2004.
Tensions can have been excessive as each units of gamers lined up within the Stamford Bridge tunnel however Chelsea’s mascot for the day, Nickless, appeared to put aside his love for Chelsea to point out his respect for the opposition’s finest participant.
Nevertheless, there was a twist on this hilarious episode as Nickless referred to as Steven Gerrard‘s identify and provided to shake the hand of the then-Liverpool skipper.
Gerrard noticed no hurt in making the younger Chelsea fan’s day however simply on the final second, Nickless pulled his hand away and blew a raspberry at him!
The Chelsea gamers, together with John Terry have been chuckling away, whereas Gerrard took the prank properly as he gently tapped the boy’s face as a salute to an excellently executed prank.
Under you possibly can see a video of the hilarious prank that’s gone viral many occasions.
The match itself was a bit extra intense as objectives from William Gallas and Hernan Crespo noticed Chelsea run out 2-Zero winners. Pepe Reina was despatched off within the second half following a conflict with Arjen Robben.
Everyone knows what Chelsea and Liverpool have achieved since however what’s Nickless to date?
Now 20, Nickless is all grown up and has just lately been moved as much as Billericay City’s first staff, who’re managed by talkSPORT’s very personal Jamie O’Hara.
“He’s an excellent little participant,” mentioned the ex-Tottenham midfielder. “He’s first rate, left footed and may rating a purpose.
“It’s mad to suppose he was so small, it looks like yesterday. I bear in mind laughing myself at it.
“I put it on our group chat and mentioned ‘boys get on this! That lad on trial with us, that’s him’. They have been having a giggle about it.”
“All of them bear in mind it as an iconic second within the Premier League however I don’t suppose Gerrard can be coming down to observe us that’s for positive!”
What does Nickless bear in mind of the incident that made him a social media icon? He insists his transfer to prank Gerrard was ‘intuition’.
“It comes round yearly,” Nickless instructed Sky Sports activities Information. “I can’t actually bear in mind an excessive amount of about it, my dad put me as much as it and once I noticed Gerrard within the tunnel it was simply intuition.
“When Chelsea play Liverpool it seems on the massive display screen. I look quite a bit totally different to what I used to be at 5, I had blue hair as properly so I don’t actually get stopped an excessive amount of.
“My buddies tagged me this yr on a Twitter web page and that’s when individuals realised it was me.”