Liverpool Great Bruce Grobbelaar Alleges That Witchdoctor Placed Curse on the Club

Liverpool Great Bruce Grobbelaar Alleges That Witchdoctor Placed Curse on the Club

  • Arguably, Zimbabwean goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar will go down as the greatest shot-stopper in Liverpool's history
  • Grobbelaar was crucial between the sticks during the club's domination of English and European football in the 1980s
  • However, a little-known and bizarre story will bring bemusement and mirth about his time with the Reds

What do Liverpool, Bruce Grobbelaar, a witch-doctor and Zambezi Lager have in common?

These four subjects form part of a bizarre story which holds that the great English club was the victim of a curse.

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Liverpool great Bruce Grobbelaar says that a witch-doctor cursed the club once. Image source: Getty Images.
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According to Sports Illustrated, the legendary Zimbabwean goalkeeper became a brand ambassador for the beverage company. The latter sent out the witch-doctor to his testimonial game back in 1992 to present Grobbelaar with a bottle of Zambezi lager. However, it is alleged that the man also left more than just the gift at Anfield.

In an interview with BT Sport, Grobbelaar said:

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"He went around on the posts and put his goat's tail, put his water on the posts of both sides, got the microphone and said, 'If you don't have the jungle man Bruce Grobbelaar here, you won't win the title',"

Whether the curse was real or imagined, Liverpool would not sniff the league title until Jurgen Klopp helped 'break the curse' during the wretched year that was 2020.

Grobbelaar continued:

"Of course, I went back to South Africa, went to Canada, came back. Remember when Stevie G, he slipped? One night game I went down to the Kop end, and I peed on the posts. I fulfilled my task. Last season I played in a corporate game here, we were in the dressing room and the guy said "you have to do the business today".

"I said, "okay". I took a water bottle, poured the water out, peed in the bottle, and came back. First-half at the Kop end, I splashed it all over the posts. Second half, I came down to the Anfield Road end and splashed it all over the posts."

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Bruce Grobbelaar was a former Zimbabwean professional football goalkeeper.

As reported by Sports Brief, he is remembered for his gymnastic athletic ability and unwavering confidence. He had six league title medals, three FA Cup winner's medals, three Football League Cup winner's medals, and a European Cup winner's medal in 14 years at the club.