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‘It's not over until the fat lady sings’ - Brendan Rodgers’ family remain defiant on Liverpool's chances

Published 29/04/2014 | 08:55

Liverpool’s title ambitions took a huge blow with defeat to Chelsea, but the family of Brendan Rodgers believe all is not lost.

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The 41 year-old Antrim native looked set to become the first Liverpool manager in 24 years to steer the team to domestic glory, but the home reversal to their title rivals could turn out to be a fatal blow.

His family however still believe that the dream remains alive.

Brendan's cousin Tracey McCloy – wearing a T-shirt with the manager's picture emblazoned on the front –watched in agony as the tension mounted in the bar and hopes of a Liverpool victory faded.

"But it's not over until the fat lady sings," said Tracey. "I still think Brendan will do it." She was able to smile, however, as she explained the message on the back of her T-shirt wishing 'Fudgie' luck.

That, she said, had always been her cousin's nickname in Carnlough – although she had no idea why.

Brendan Rodgers' cousins and his aunt Jean McMullan watch the Liverpool v Chelsea game in Carnlough
Brendan Rodgers' cousins and his aunt Jean McMullan watch the Liverpool v Chelsea game in Carnlough
Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Whether or not he leads his re-born football club to the zenith of the English game, a hero's welcome awaits him in Carnlough.

"We definitely hope he will pay us a visit," said his cousin Tracey. "We just hope he brings the Premier League trophy with him."

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