LEWIS Tierney will get to follow in the footsteps of a role model when he steps out at Anfield.
But it is not Mo Salah, Naby Keita or Divock Origi – it is Premier League referee and stepdad Paul.
The Catalans Dragons ace got one over on the man he regards as a father by playing at the Camp Nou on Saturday, the closest he got was the 'Mini Estadi' for an Under-19s game.
Now it is on to Anfield, where Paul took charge of matches against Southampton and Fulham this season.
A repeat of those, which Jurgen Klopp's men won 3-0 and 2-0, would go down very nicely.
But there has been no hints or tips about what to expect on Merseyside when he faces Wakefield in Magic Weekend's opening fixture.
“I’ve not had anything off him about what it’s like Anfield,” said Tierney. “I’ve only been there for a media opportunity ahead of the Four Nations in 2016 but I was impressed.
“However, we didn’t make the final that year so I didn’t get to play there. I’ve seen enough to know it’s a great stadium though.
“I’ve played now at the Camp Nou, Wembley, Old Trafford and Newcastle – the four biggest venues you can play at and this is another to add to the list.
“But to be honest, we didn’t really speak about Anfield as we were playing at the Camp Nou before, that was at the front of everyone’s minds.
“However playing at a stadium like that will act as a motivation and with the way the table is going, this is a massive game for us as it’s the time of the season when sides start picking up injuries, so hopefully we can get the two points.”
Scotland winger Tierney tasted success at the home of Barcelona as Catalans, set to include former Everton youth player Matty Smith, beat former club Wigan 33-16.
Now the hope is the French side can conquer its away day hoodoo and really challenge for the Super League title.
Steve McNamara's men sit in third but they are just as capable of looking awful as they are brilliant.
But the 24-year-old wants them to further live up to the billing on a big stage, adding: “It’s massive going from the Camp Nou to Anfield back to back.
“I’m not too bothered about football to be honest but I watched the Champions League game against Barcelona and that was brilliant.
“Even just getting half of that atmosphere would be brilliant as it’s a great stadium and if all the fans come out from every team, we could get it quite full.”
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