UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov was at Anfield on Sunday – 24 hours after watching Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old Russian described the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City as a “beautiful game” and was backing the visitors.
“I go to the stadium to watch and enjoy this beautiful game,” Khabib told the audience in Harrogate on Sunday night.
“Today was a wonderful atmosphere but the game was even better. I was rooting for Man City. I just love this game.
“Manchester, Liverpool, I don’t care. I just love football, sports. I was watching this game – I don’t even blink.
“You guys can support whomever you want.”
Khabib witnessed a 1-1 draw between United and Everton on Saturday afternoon in the presence of fellow sports icons.
He posed with Usain Bolt, Patrice Evra and Sir Alex Ferguson – enjoying a chat with the legendary Red Devils manager.
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Fergie admitted to Khabib that Cristiano Ronaldo should have started against the Toffees after current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested him.
The MMA hero is friends with the Portuguese and jokingly threatened to ‘choke out’ any Everton player who tried to get the icon’s No. 7 shirt.
Fergie offered a glass of wine to the former lightweight UFC champion – who is Teetotal – but he respectfully declined.
Speaking about football in 2019, Khabib told BT Sport: “The English Premier League, for me, is the best league in the world. I follow everything.
“I’m a big fan of Real Madrid. But I love the English Premier League, even if the worst teams are playing, they have the best games.”
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