- Associated Press - Thursday, October 21, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (AP) - Struggling Liverpool has turned to Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson for a lift.

The Premier League soccer club says Dickinson piloted the team’s plane to Napoli for Thursday’s Europa League game against the Italian club. Dickinson is a licensed airline pilot.

The rocker told Liverpool’s website that “Liverpool are an amazing club” and “I hope they do well.”

Liverpool has won only a single Premier League game this season, and manager Roy Hodgson is resting Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for the Napoli game.

British media couldn’t help but make light of the club’s struggles, with newspaper The Guardian quipping that “it said everything about the paucity of the squad (that) the most famous person on board was the pilot.”