November 1st, 2011
The Wild Life: Steven Gerrard & Stewart Downing
Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing visited Knowsley Safari Park last week. The trip, which was organised in association with the England Footballers foundation, was an opportunity for leukaemia sufferers Thomas McManaman, five, and Joel Hemans, nine, to meet their Liverpool heroes and spend a bit of time chatting with the residents of the park.
As you can see from this awesome selection of photos, the day began well enough, until this very friendly (but quite forward) giraffe offered Stevie a big sloppy kiss (top). Stevie, being a family man, declined by smiling politely and gazing meaningfully at the only available exit route.
Sadly, she didn’t take the rejection well and offered the nervous midfielder and his reliable wingman some serious bitchface.
Like any woman scorned, Ms Giraffe had no alternative but to turn to food for comfort. A bundle of bananas later and her ardour was back on the boil, alarming Stewart Downing along the way.
It’s a nightmare being a professional footballer these days, y’know.