Liverpool recently enjoyed a three-stop tour of the United States and were greeted with a sea of American Reds oozing with passion for the club.
The Reds’ summer plans included a trip to the US for the second successive year where they took in the sights of South Bend, Indiana, Boston and New York as they faced off against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP respectively.
And everywhere Jurgen Klopp‘s side travelled there were tens of thousands of Liverpool supporters anxiously awaiting their arrival.
While the trip formed part of an intense period of training for the season ahead, importantly for fans on the other side of the world it posed as a rare chance to see their team in action.
It allowed scores of fans to congregate and share their passion with like-minded people all the while creating memories which will last a lifetime.
And that thought is not far from Klopp’s mind as he spoke to Liverpool.com of his appreciation for American fans:
“We have to show up from time to time to our fans in America because they rarely have a chance to see us live. And if they want to watch us on the television, they usually have to be up really early.
“So it’s good that we can show up for them.
“We’ve heard some funny stories. A couple from Toronto, who were pretty busy, have flown over to see us. That’s nice. Elvis Presley was there at training in Boston! All kinds of people. I like that, it’s no problem.”
Despite enduring scorching temperatures, fans were more than willing to sing, dance, release pyros and celebrate at any opportune moment – and it earned them the appreciation of the Liverpool squad.
And although Liverpool failed to register a win during their time across the Atlantic, the result did not determine the levels of enjoyment as scenes across social media showed.South Bend, Notre Dame
The first stop of Liverpool’s tour saw them make their way to Indiana as they faced off against familiar foe in Borussia Dortmund.
Prior to kick-off fans had scarves aloft and pyros at the ready as they belted out ‘Allez Allez Allez’, led by none other than Jamie Webster:
Liverpool Notre Dame stadium pic.twitter.com/ixaoey7CrG
— Amy Fields (@AmyFiel90438489) July 21, 2019
— Mari Lewis ? (@MariCLewis) July 19, 2019
One of my favorite pictures from Friday’s @LFC match in South Bend. Heading back to our car on the shuttle. Hours in the oppressive heat did not diminish the little guy’s enthusiasm. #YNWA pic.twitter.com/LCRyt9qYQm
— Dan Skinner (@soccerhaus) July 22, 2019Boston, Fenway Park
Next for Klopp’s side was a trip to Boston, the home of the club’s owners, and home to the House of Blues which saw fans spill onto the streets to continue the party atmosphere the night before Sevilla game.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Allez Allez Allez’ rung out and the experience helped make it the “best pre-season tour” for one fan:
Amazing BossTON night in the House of Blues (Reds)..Jamie Webster…YNWA pic.twitter.com/qekt1CjxY5
— LFC Las Vegas (@LFC_Vegas) July 26, 2019
This was at midnight after the House of Blues party in Boston! The security staff tried to get us off the streets but they failed to shut us down for about 20 minutes! ? Best preseason tour ever! #LFC #YNWA pic.twitter.com/aUr33GPOL2
— Kerry???? (@KerrySomewhere) July 25, 2019
The game itself at Fenway Park saw people of all ages get in on the action:
Jamie Webster brought the house down this tour ?? pic.twitter.com/AgsRIb6pcf
— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) July 25, 2019
— Matt ?? (@SexyMatt988) July 21, 2019
Fenway is red tonight!!!
Liverpool RED!!! pic.twitter.com/Rt3Gl3x8Uo
— Charlie Cajdric (@cajdric) July 21, 2019New York, Yankee Stadium
The last of stop on the tour saw Reds descend on the ‘Big Apple’ and despite being packed like sardines in a hot subway station, fans were still in fine voice:
— Maeve O'Haire? (@MaeveOHaire) July 25, 2019
Others found a different mode of transportation to the game in the form of an open-top bus where any passerby on the way to the stadium was left in no doubt as to who was the club of choice.
While Carragher’s Bar was also the point of destination for a party:
— Gerardo Reyes (@GerrardR8M) July 25, 2019
Jamie Webster singing We love you Liverpool at Carragher's bar in New York, boss this! pic.twitter.com/EeeoAf0vRl
— Forever Red (@ForeverRedUK) July 25, 2019
The Reds broke their mini pre-season losing streak with a 2-2 draw against Sporting CP, and fans were overjoyed when Divock Origi – who proved to be a popular figure throughout the tour, no surprises why – found the net:
— Kyle (@Kyledriver_) July 25, 2019
The scenes throughout Liverpool’s US tour again highlights the role the club plays in so many lives and how, regardless of where you live, the level of passion holds true.
Red Neighbours and a group of LFC employees took the European Cup to visit patients at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Thursday.
In a bid to lift spirits around the hospital and reduce social isolation, Reds staff called into numerous wards to meet patients and their families, hand out gifts and offer photographs with the Champions League trophy.
Patients, visitors and hospital staff were also encouraged to get involved with lively sing-a-longs led by LFC club chaplain and Red Neighbours team member, Bill Bygroves.
"Visiting the Royal Liverpool Hospital is one of the highlights of our calendar," said Bill.
"Having the opportunity to visit so many patients and hopefully bring them a smile is just fantastic.
"We’re delighted to be able to also bring the Champions League trophy with us and give the patients the chance to have their photograph taken.
"Social isolation can be a real issue for those who are in hospital so we’re pleased to be able to do our bit to help reduce that."
Approximately 70 per cent of the patients accessing the Royal Liverpool Hospital are from the main area of focus for Red Neighbours - north Liverpool.
The programme aims to make a difference to those who live in and around Anfield through four key areas of need: food poverty and education, support for the elderly community, creating memorable experiences for young people, and encouraging a physically active community.
The 2018/19 season saw Alexander-Arnold come on leaps and bounds in what was only his second full season as a fully-fledged member of Klopp’s first team.
He was in and around the squad in 2016 and made his debut in the October against Tottenham in the fourth round of the League Cup, wherein the space of a little over two years he would become a Champions League winner and an integral component of Liverpool’s team.
It has been a meteoric rise for the England international who has grown in stature both on and off the field as a member of the Reds’ defensive line and creative hub alongside fellow full-back Andy Robertson, and in a literal sense as a mural close to Anfield.
The mural, commissioned by the Anfield Wrap, is on the corner of Sybil Street and Anfield Road and was specifically chosen to not only commemorate the incredible season gone by, but to also serve as inspiration for youngsters looking to follow in his footsteps.
From age six to number six ? pic.twitter.com/7m54FsQJuO
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) July 25, 2019
And when speaking to ESPN‘s Melissa Reddy, Klopp was full of admiration for both the artwork and the artistry of the player it depicts – with that corner against Barcelona serving as the perfect example.
“It’s great, absolutely great. I hope it’s big enough, that he likes it and he has enough friends and family in Liverpool, who will be so happy with it,” Klopp said. “I hope they all take their pictures in front of it.
“When I tell people the story about Barcelona, you cannot not mention the corner. His mural should be around the corner,” he joked.
“It’s the smartest thing I ever saw football-wise. Then I tell people that the best thing is Trent is only 20.
“And even better, he’s grown up like 200 yards from Melwood so he is Scouser from head to toe and I know how desperate the people are waiting constantly for these specific local figures.
“It could be sometimes too much pressure for specific people, but it’s not for Trent.”
While Alexander-Arnold – who set a new Premier League assist record with 12, and 16 total across last season – has impressed his manager by handling external the pressure, the 20-year-old’s maturity and ability to handle himself in front of the press also caught Klopp’s attention:
“I saw after the final, as I said I saw all the videos and I watched the pre-match press conference with Trent and Robbo and I couldn’t have been more impressed.
“I normally don’t watch that, but I watched everything. I was really impressed. 20 years old, so smart, so clear. Everything.”
After a stunning campaign last season, the future continues to look bright for both Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool, and his teammates in attack will no doubt be savouring the opportunity to again latch onto his exceptional deliveries into the box next season.
And they will not be in short supply as the in-house assist competition between himself and Robertson is set to for round two in 2019/20.
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Monday July 29
Premier League Girls Football session
Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)
Premier League Kicks sessions
Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Respect 4 - Ability Counts / PAN Disability Football session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)
Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Tuesday July 30
Junior Netball session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)
Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)
Respect 4 All - Severe Learning Disability Football sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm
Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Wednesday July 31
Mini Kicks session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 4pm-6pm (age 4-6)
Premier League Kicks sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17)
Wildcat Girls Football session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)
Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Thursday August 1
Premier League Kicks sessions
Wavertree Sports Park - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)
Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football session (Beginner / Open Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8)
Respect 4 All - Physical Impairment Inclusion Football session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 8+)
Goals Liverpool North, Bootle - 5pm-7.30pm
Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Friday August 2
Premier League Kicks sessions
Wavertree Sports Park - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)
Respect 4 All - Wheelchair / Powerchair Football sessions
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm
Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm
Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Saturday August 3
Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football sessions (Disability)
Woodchurch High Sports Complex - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child 5+), 11.30am-12.30pm (PAN age 12+), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD adults 16+)
Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)
Sunday August 4
Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12pm (age 5+ and parents)
LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm
It has been a successful few months for club and country for Roberto Firmino and he has commemorated each triumph with a new tattoo.
Firmino is certainly one of Liverpool’s most unique personalities and is always catching the eye one way or another through his performances and goal celebrations on the field or through his style off it.
It is what makes him one of the most loved players and he has continued to endear himself to the Liverpool faithful after becoming the latest player, that we know of, to permanently etch the Reds’ European triumph on his skin – following in Jordan Henderson‘s footsteps.
Firmino’s last gasp strike against Paris Saint-Germain on the first matchday set the Reds on course for the showpiece final, where he was brought straight back into the fold having missed the stunning win over Barcelona at Anfield through injury.
And now he has a permanent reminder of the exact moment he lifted Ol’ Big Ears having shared his new ink to the world on Instagram as he continues to enjoy the last few days of his post-season break:
While the Liverpool skipper opted for just the prestigious trophy itself, in true Bobby fashion he was also part of the artwork which sat alongside a portrait of his family surrounding the Copa America title after Brazil emerged victorious earlier this summer.
Liverpool’s No.9 was a mainstay in Tite’s side and ended the tournament with the most goal-scoring contributions of any playing having scored two and assisted three, while his teammate Alisson also shared in the awards having clinched the Golden Glove with five clean sheets.
It ensured Firmino ended the 2018/19 season in remarkable fashion where he, like his fellow teammates, will be hungry for more success, although he is seemingly running out of room on his skin to honour any future triumphs.
Firmino’s team on the beach, however, is coming to an end as he is set to report back for pre-season duty on Monday ahead of Liverpool’s week-long training camp in France.
Whether he will play any role in the Reds’ Community Shield meeting with Man City on August 4 remains to be seen, but he along with Alisson and Mohamed Salah should all be vying for a spot in the league opener against Norwich five days later.
Liverpool meet Napoli in Edinburgh for their penultimate pre-season friendly on Sunday - remind yourself of last summer's 5-0 win over the Serie A side with our highlights package.
The Reds concluded their preparations for 2018-19 with a resounding victory thanks to goals from James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno.
So, before this year's clash at Murrayfield - which is live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - watch the best bits of that friendly in Dublin...
Join us to watch the Reds' final two pre-season games on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
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Last Updated: 26/07/19 11:51pmRaheem Sterling is hoping to win a third consecutive Premier League title with Manchester City
Raheem Sterling says he was glad his former club Liverpool won the Champions League last season and insists the Premier League will always remain the priority for Manchester City.
Sterling left Liverpool in acrimonious circumstances in 2015 to join City, where he has gone on to win five major trophies - including back-to-back Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola.
City went head-to-head with Liverpool in the league last season until the final day, eventually beating the Reds by just a single point to retain their title.
Sterling insists he holds no grudge against his former club and was happy to see them crowned European champions against Tottenham, who knocked out in City in the semi-final stage.
"I was really happy for them, happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League," he said.Liverpool beat Tottenham to win their sixth European Cup last season
"The Champions League is massive for us as a club but our most important thing is winning the Premier League. That's our main objective going into this season.
"Yes, it'd be nice to win the Champions League but first and foremost we want to win the league. The Premier League is your bread and butter, every weekend, what you train for every day.
"The Champions League is the nicer looking one, the most prestigious as people say, but every weekend you put in a shift, you're going to tough places.
"You're off to Crystal Palace, Burnley. It's tough. You put so much time into it."Sterling insists the Premier League will always remain the priority for Manchester City
City face Liverpool in the Community Shield next Sunday before beginning the new Premier League season away to West Ham on August 10.
Guardiola's side are aiming to become only the second team in Premier League history to win three consecutive titles but Sterling knows the size of the task facing the defending champions.
He said: "It'll be harder than last season. To do this three times in a row is a massive challenge for us. It's a challenge we're definitely up for.
"We're getting our work in now, getting our fitness up, and we'll be ready for the Community Shield against Liverpool. We want to be up and ready."Sky Sports Fantasy Football is Back
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Last Updated: 26/07/19 9:22pmLiverpool say local clubs 'have nothing to fear whatsoever' from the porposal
Liverpool are facing growing criticism from supporters over their plans to trademark the name 'Liverpool'.
If granted, it would see all revenue from those services and products using the word 'Liverpool' in relation to the club channelled back to them.0:40 Get excited for the 2019/20 season with Sky Sports where you can watch all the best action from the Premier League, EFL, SPFL and more! Get excited for the 2019/20 season with Sky Sports where you can watch all the best action from the Premier League, EFL, SPFL and more!
The Champions League winners have stressed the trademark application will be applied only in the context of football products and CEO Peter Moore has stated local clubs using the name Liverpool "have nothing to fear whatsoever".
However, supporters' group Spirit of Shankly has voiced its opposition to the proposals.
"After a magnificent summer of optimism and celebration for LFC, it is hard to contemplate such a controversial, ill-thought-out move by FSG [Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group]. It is one that will alienate the entire fan base," said a statement.FSG's Peter Moore has said that they 'are not looking to take ownership of 'Liverpool''
"SOS strongly oppose the blatant monetisation of our football heritage. The name is not FSG's to own, it is the name of our city, it is owned by its people. This must be stopped."
The City of Liverpool FC also remain opposed to the move, which has previously been undertaken by the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Southampton and Everton.
"Our position is that no privately-owned business should be able to own the name of a city in any context and especially not in the football context in the city of Liverpool," said a statement from the Northern Premier North West Division side."It is hard to contemplate such a controversial, ill-thought-out move by FSG. It is one that will alienate the entire fan base"
Supporters' group 'Spirit of Shankly'
"If Liverpool FC are granted this trademark they will effectively own the names of all these clubs and organisations and could force name changes or a license fee.
"We had contact yesterday from Liverpool FC who gave verbal assurances that we, nor any other local football clubs and organisations were the target of this application, and we, of course, accept the word of the club that we are not the target.
"However, the fact remains that the practical effect of the granting of the trademark is a serious threat to the future of our community-owned football club."0:34 Jurgen Klopp says he wants to remain at Liverpool for 'at least three' more years, which would take him to the end of his current contract Jurgen Klopp says he wants to remain at Liverpool for 'at least three' more years, which would take him to the end of his current contract
Moore stressed, however, the club's battle was primarily with off-shore, industrial counterfeiters.
"What we are trying to do is protect the football club, we are not looking to take ownership of 'Liverpool'," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"Right now we are under attack from large-scale manufacturing which is alluding to be official Liverpool FC merchandise.Liverpool vs Norwich
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"This is not an attack on local football and local vendors. We would never, in anyway, go after those organisations.
"They have 'fair use' of their names. They have nothing to fear whatsoever."
Discussions are ongoing with local side, and Moore said the club were looking at potentially drawing up a legal document which would give them official use of the name Liverpool in perpetuity.Sky Sports Fantasy Football is Back
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