Everton’s Tim Howard was excited to be in the city centre and to greet his fans at Liverpool One’s Waterstones store, as he promoted his book The Keeper, which is the first time the usually private goalkeeper has opened up.
Speaking to the ECHO before the signing Tim talked about his Scouse fans and said, “They’re nothing short of passionate and they’ve always been great to me so I’m excited to meet the fans and hear what they have to say.”
He added, “Scousers are a lively bunch and that’s what I’ve loved about my time playing for Everton.”
Tim’s fellow Everton teammate Leon Osman also has a new book out and the goalkeeper admitted that the pair have been having bets on who can sell the most copies.
The American revealed, “Leon is a dear friend of mine and he is a great guy. We have already started the bets on who can sell more, but it’s going to be me!”
The 35-year-old is often very quiet about his private life but felt that now was the time to release his book.
Tim said, “I was always going to wait until the end of my career but I felt now was the right time. I’m happy with how everything is right now and it just felt right.”
The goalkeeper opens up in his autobiography about his time growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome and how he conquered that to become the Premier League goalkeeper that he is today.
Tim welcomed Lisa Rudge from Liverpool’s branch of Tourettes action, and her 16-year-old son Josh who got the syndrome overnight.
The Everton star has previously invited Lisa’s two sons to Finch Farm and had a chat about the difficulties behind dealing with Tourette’s.
But Tim has overcome his struggles and has had a brilliant year for his career after his World Cup success, and a personal call from American President Barack Obama.
Tim explained, “When you see the President calling you just hope that you won’t say anything stupid. I just tried to say ‘No, sir’ and ‘Yes, sir’, but not many people can say they’ve had the honour of talking to the President, and I can say that I have twice now.”
He took to Twitter before the signing to tell his followers “Hope everyone can join me today @Waterstones in Liverpool One! I’ll be signing copies of my book from 4-5pm GMT.”
He then added, “I’ll do my best to sign everyone’s copies in that time, but get there as early as you can just in case!”
With Christmas coming Tim says he is hoping to “get lots of sleep and rest, being a Premiership footballer means you can’t go crazy, so lots of rest and I’ll wake up on Christmas morning with a coffee.”