sport news Steven Gerrard meets nine-year-old Liverpool fan a year after tragic death of ...

Steven Gerrard made the day of a young Liverpool fan whose dad tragically died aged 26. 

Robbie Fleming was found dead at his home in Lisburn, Northern Ireland after suffering from depression. The father-of-one was a big Liverpool FC fan who dreamed of meeting Steven Gerrard with his now nine-year-old son Jack. 

One year on from his sudden death, Robbie's mother Alison told the Liverpool Echo of her heartache and how much it would mean to their family if Robbie's hero could send a personal condolence to her grandson Jack.

Gerrard read about the family's plight and arranged to get in touch, which then led to a face-to-face meeting. 

Jack's grandmother said his face when his hero walked in the room as they met was 'priceless'

Jack's grandmother said his face when his hero walked in the room as they met was 'priceless'

Alison said: 'Robbie and Jack were desperate to meet Steven but Robbie never got to meet him.

'It would give me a bit of comfort to know that he knows how much Robbie loved him.' 

Alison, her father Vernon, Robbie's brothers Jamie and Jordan, Jack, and his mother Nadine had their dreams come true when they met the former Kop idol in Liverpool.

Flying out from Belfast, the family-of-six arrived in the city for a three-day adventure. 

On Friday afternoon, the family were taken by a private chauffeur to meet the Reds legend. 

Originally, they were meant to meet at the a golf resort but due to a road traffic collision, they had to switch venues - ending up in a local Starbucks. 

Alison said: 'There was not a person there, it was just us. I think he must have phoned up beforehand to ask for the privacy.' 

Steven signed shirts and toys for his young fan in the course of the family's three-day trip to Liverpool where they also watched their team beat Norwich City 4-1

Steven signed shirts and toys for his young fan in the course of the family's three-day trip to Liverpool where they also watched their team beat Norwich City 4-1

During the 45-minute meeting, Gerrard offered to buy the family

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