A LIVER Bird brought two living legends together for the first time.

It was a match made in red heaven for fans of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Merseybeat icon Gerry Marsden.

The Reds boss has been at Anfield for more than four years but has never met the Liverpool singing star.

Gerry, whose anthem You'll Never Walk Alone, is sung at every game by fans, said: "I get to the home games whenever I can but since retiring from international touring I have been spending more time in Spain.

"This meeting was magical when it finally happened.

"I shook the great man's hand and presented him with another trophy for his cabinet – a Liver Bird and I declared him an Adopted Scouser."

The top secret surprise meeting had been arranged by Liver Birds Inc who produce modern versions of the Liver Bird named The Spirit of Liverpool

Media consultant Arthur Johnson, who is a partner in the business, said: "I've known Gerry for a long time.

"About 30 years ago I arranged to fly to Australia with him and the late Brian Hall, formerly of Liverpool FC, and we founded Scousers Down Under in a town named Liverpool which is not far from Sydney.

"Gerry's not only an MBE but he's also a Freeman of the City of Liverpool so he certainly has the right to give Jurgen the title of Adopted Scouser!

"A few weeks ago Gerry mentioned to me in passing that he had never actually met the Liverpool Manager.

"So it's finally been put right."

Sculptor Rick Myers, Johnson's business partner, who created the models says Jurgen is in fine company: "One of our birds was presented to the Queen when she visited the Liver Building and they have been sold to ex-pat Scousers in more than 40 countries.

"A large version of the bird is located at Liverpool’s Central Station and LFC fans regularly gather there to celebrate their team’s victories so it seemed fitting that our popular bird should be presented to Mr Klopp."

Wirral resident Gerry, who recently headlined a sell-out Sixties Merseybeat Legends concert at the Philharmonic Hall was lost for words at the premier encounter.

His wife Pauline told the Globe: "We spent more than hajf an hour chatting to Jurgen and he said that You'll Never Walk Alone meant the world to him.

"Gerry was over the moon about the meeting it was a dream come true for him." 

Details from www.thespiritofliverpool.co.uk