IT was fitting that I should catch up with Kevin Keegan in the week Liverpool won the Champions League again.

Not for the first time, he took part in my 15th celebrity golf day for Autism Hampshire last week.

We were delighted to hear from the chief executive in the evening that the event raised a lot of money for a good cause.

Over the years it has now raised a total of £250,000.

So many thanks to all who took part, to the sponsors and of course the celebrities, many of whom - like Matt Le Tissier and Paul Philp, the ex-international basketball player - have played in every year.

We have also had local legend Mike Osman as the comedian/auctioneer each year.

Unfortunately it rained for the first time in all those years but it did not have a bad effect as just under £20,000, a record for the event, was raised at the Royal Winchester Golf Club, who looked after everyone very well.

Kevin’s wish of course came true last Saturday as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

I suppose it was fair enough as they only lost one game all season only to finish second to Manchester City.

It was also interesting to read Kevin’s interview in the Daily Echo this week, in which he said he had two of the best years of his career at The Dell.

He was with us for two years of a three-year contract, in which we finished sixth and seventh in the old first division.

He didn’t think the club was ambitious enough after that.

The chairman and I pointed out it was a bad time to sell him with fans buying season tickets.

Kevin was adamant and made a statement saying ‘if I don’t go I’ll hang my boots up’.

I know he meant it so sadly we had no choice but to let him go to Newcastle.

But as I often remind him, if he held on for a little longer he would have been in the Southampton team that finished second top, three points behind Liverpool, ironically - the highest league position in the club’s history.

Mr Klopp has done a first-class job with the current Liverpool side. Although he’s another ‘head coach’, I get the impression he gets involved in every part of the club.

Whenever we went to Anfield it was like playing a team of 12.

I think one of the best results we ever had there was a 1-0 win with Kevin in our side because the support Liverpool’s supporters gave their team was always magnificent.

It was evident again when 750,000 supporters welcomed Liverpool back. Very impressive when the city’s population is 500,000 - half of whom support Everton!

One supporter in Madrid had travelled all the way from Australia, kitted out from top to bottom - and he didn’t even have a ticket! That’s the sort of thing that makes the game so magical.

Managers should always remind their players how important football is to the supporters who work so hard to earn the money to watch them. It looks to me as though Mr Klopp has got that part of it dead right.

If any of their players didn’t know before how much Liverpool FC means to the club’s supporters, they certainly do now.