Welcome back Indy Reds (and Reds worldwide) we’ve got another great Indy Red Fan Focus for you. This week we’ll be featuring an Indy Red I’m sure you’ve seen out at Union Jack’s and also he has helped guest on our Twitter account (might be helping a lot more come this fall on Twitter)
Name: Boback Lotfalian
How did you pick Liverpool as your team? People always ask me for help picking a premier league team to support, and I always respond “You don’t choose a club, the club chooses you,” and I truly believe that. I’ve always been a fan of the premier league in general as a league ever since Fox Sports Net used to have a two hour premier league review highlight show every Sunday night. That then blossomed to Fox Sports World showing premier league games on the weekend. I would tune in as often as I could for any game with no specific team in mind, but that changed, and then gradually over time I found myself urging on Liverpool. That transitioned to being emotionally invested in the result, to not being able to miss a match by any means, and watching the season unfold via crappy internet streams since FSC only showed 1 or 2 games a weekend.
First LFC memory? Tuning in to Fox Sports Net on Sunday nights as a freshman or sophomore in high school to watch a Match of the Day-esque type highlight show and seeing the likes of Owen and a young Stevie G.
Favorite LFC memory? Singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Anfield. Also, a proper pregame for the match at “The Park” pub across from the KOP, bouncing and singing my voice horse until the final whistle.
Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Last Christmas I got some LFC dress socks from my parents. I’ve worn them for every match in 2014, and results have seemed to have gone swimmingly since, so I’ll stick with that for now.
Where were you during Istanbul? I was watching at my parents’ house during summer break from college. I remember turning it off at halftime and moving to my room, and turned it on my little 18” TV next to my bed as I lay down right as the comeback started. I squinted to watch the rest of the match, but I couldn’t move.
Favorite Current Player and Why? Steven Gerrard. Heroes come and go, but legends stay. I’ve always had a love affair with the star striker on teams. Growing up my favorite player was the Brazilian Ronaldo, so I’ve had my absolute highs and lows as Fernando and Luis have both won and broke my heart. It makes you appreciate the skipper more and more, and he never lets you down. History proves that when he’s on the pitch, LFC can never truly be counted out of any contest.
If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I think Jamie Carragher would be very entertaining to sit down with. Him and Stevie together would probably be a dream dinner with all the banter back and forth. I’ve developed an ear for scouse, so I’m confident I would be able to make out 99% of what they say.
Favorite LFC kit ever? I like when they would keep the same home kit for two seasons, it was definitely lighter on the bank account. It’s hard to pick one, but I’d rank 1a) ’06-08 home 1b) ’08-10 home 1c) ’12-13 home
You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? Install safe standing in the KOP. Obviously I’d have to change the premier league ruling, but that is when the KOP was in its absolute pomp, and I would like to see it return.
Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Twitter. Generally the Mersey based journos like Tony Barret and James Pearce, and then local Liverpool season ticket holders whom I’ve weeded out to be reliable.
LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?Assuming I’ve caught my breath and gathered my bearings, I’d want to celebrate with fellow reds. There’s no better place to do that than Union Jack here in Indy.
Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? Can I cop out and say all of them? Lazar Markovic will be exciting to see blossom into a world beater, Super Mario will be a can’t miss watch every weekend, I’m interested to see Adam Lallana perform on a bigger stage in a system that suits him, Alberto Moreno will hopefully be the fullback we’ve been missing since Riise, and Emre Can learning how to boss the midfield.
Favorite LFC Goal? There’s so many. For nostalgic reasons in terms of giving me belief I’d say Benayoun winner against Fulham in ’09 and Coutinho winner against City last season. Out of pure awe and amazement I’d say Gerrard’s volley against Middlesboro, Torres’ volley against Blackburn, and Suarez’s volley from 45 yds against Norwich.
Gerrard v ‘Boro
Torres v Blackburn
Have you ever seen LFC play in person? YES. I’m fortunate to say I’ve seen them play in person 3 times, twice at Anfield, and once this summer in Chicago. I went to the game against City on Apr 11, 2011, sat in the Anfield road end as LFC triumphed 3-0. Things of note from that contest: Andy Carroll scored his first 2 goals for LFC that day, Jon Flanagan made his debut, and Mario Balotelli came on for an injured Carlos Tevez in the first half, and was subsequently substituted in the 65th ish min. My other game at Anfield was last October against Palace, where Suarez made his home return after suspension, scored while on the ground after slipping over. Sturridge scored a beaut and a Stevie pen capped off the scoring for LFC as they won 3-1. It’s obviously an experience that every LFC fan should have, and I plan to be back soon. Next goals will be to try and go to a derby or champions league match, and/or sit in the KOP.
What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I’m a massive IU basketball fan, and a big fan of the Pacers as well.
Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Sun King Osiris is my favorite local beer. During the match I’ll generally switch things up.
What makes you most proud to support LFC? Generally an LFC fan is knowledgeable about the sport and team’s history, passionate, and friendly, and those are the type of people you like to keep company with.
Best thing about being an Indy Red? Having some place to watch the matches, other than by myself on my couch, in the rain, snow, or shine, in Union Jack always being accommodating.
LFC are back in action Saturday 12:30pm kickoff. Your Redmen will be looking to hopefully start a little quicker and open up the scoring a little faster than the last couple of matches.
On the injury front LFC’s depth is getting tested some. Sturridge is out until next week. Joe Allen could be out anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. Can is still out for about another month. Glen Johnson is out for another week. Young Flanno hurt his knee and will be out a few months now also. One bit of good news is Martin Skrtel rejoined training this week.
Will be interesting to see how LFC lineup Saturday. 4-3-3/4-4-2 diamond? Who will get the start up front with Balotelli. Lots of suggestions have been thrown out there but just need to trust in BR that he will pick the best squad for the situation.
We’ve got another perfect kickoff time this week with a lunch time start. Make sure to get out to Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub for the match. Get some lunch, drink some tasty beer, watch some Poetry in Motion.
You might have seen but LFC emailed us this week to let us know that our paperwork to become an Official Supporters Club as been received by the team and they will be reviewing it next month in October. So that is another positive step in our goal of becoming Official. Giant Thank you to everyone who has helped us to grow so rapidly in such a short amount of time. To give you an idea of how fast we have grown and how large we have grown, The first ever LFC Indy tweet was sent out this week 1 year ago. We now have one of the highest twitter followings of any USA LFC supporters club and we doubled the minimum goal for LFC memberships for a Supporters club. Great job, give yourself a pat on the back and buy yourself a pint for helping to spread the word and love of this historic and massive team.