Liverpool fan who defied doctor odds to watch Champions League victory has died

A Liverpool fan who battled against terminal cancer to watch the Reds lift the Champions League trophy has died.

Dave Evans was due to travel to Madrid to watch Liverpool in action, but his dreams were shattered after he was diagnosed with cancer – just weeks after moving to New Zealand with his wife Liz.

Doctors gave Dave just two weeks to live and the £10,000 he had put aside for his trip to the Spanish capital, was instead put towards his funeral costs – reports Coventry Live.

Liverpool legends including Jurgen Klopp, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson all sent warm wishes to Dave, who lived in Coventry after learning of his diagnosis.

By the time the club took on Tottenham in the final on June 1, Dave had already outlived the time doctors had given him and was able to watch his team lift the cup from the other side of the world.

He died peacefully at the hospice he was staying at in New Zealand on the morning of July 8.

Wife Liz said: “I want him to have a legacy and for other people to have positivity when they are going through a tough time.

“We are planning to set up a charity which would raise money to give people who are terminally ill the chance to tick a sporting event off their bucket list.

“We are in the early stages but I want Dave to have a legacy.”

Dave’s story shot to national attention when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sent him a video message an hour before he left for Madrid.

Klopp said: “I’ve heard about your story, I’ve heard you are an unbelievable fighter, and the only thing I can tell you is we think of you, you are really with us.”

Midfielder James Milner also sent his regards and said: “I hear you’re not going to make it to Madrid unfortunately and know you’ll be supporting us from home and we’ll do everything we can to do our job and finish the job and hopefully win a trophy and just wanted to send my best wishes to you and the family.”

When the tumour was found, the cancer was in its final stages, and only chemotherapy would prolong Dave’s life.

Within eight weeks of the diagnosis, the tumour had grown to three times its original size.

Liz now plans to set up a charity to help terminally ill people live out their dreams.

source: Liverpool Echo