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Fan Focus Kids Edition. International Break

Welcome back Indy Reds, we have got a little different and special Fan Focus today. We will be featuring one of our younger Indy Reds Grant age 8. I asked Grant’s Dad Tom if he wanted to do the Fan Focus and he had the great suggestion to feature his LFC loving son Grant instead of himself. We had Tom who if you follow us on twitter I’m sure you’ve seen some pictures of a cute little kid with LFC gear on going to school, interview his son. One of their pictures actually got on the show LFC World on LFC TV. This Fan Focus will let us get a view from a younger generations perspective. For most of us we had long stretches where you might not be able to see LFC play because they weren’t on TV or you had to dig through the internet to find info and updates. In Grant’s case he has grown up in this instant information age and has always had access to the team on TV and online pretty easily. It is great to see the knowledge the kid has acquired so early and to see the Love and Passion he has for the club at a young age. Take it away guys…

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Names: Tom and Grant Paskus (@tspaskus)

Tom: I don’t think my Liverpool history is very interesting relative to the other Indy Reds profiled so far. I didn’t play any soccer growing up. Once I gave up on my hoop dreams, I ended up running cross country and track at Dartmouth College. I watched my first soccer game at Dartmouth, where some guy named Andrew Shue (Melrose Place anyone?) led our team to an Ivy League championship. The soccer bug fully took hold when I arrived at the University of Virginia for graduate school in 1990 (UVA won four straight NCAA titles during my time there) and I decided to give rec-league soccer a try. My teammates included Mia Hamm’s sister, while our arch-rivals included a woman who would end up becoming my wife. That meet-cute story involves my now-wife’s friend kicking a prone goalkeeper (me) in a “non-preferred” location. Anyway, we now have two kids, and our boy (Grant, age 8) has graduated from having his dad coach him the game to playing club soccer for FC Pride. He is a Liverpool fanatic. His life (and wardrobe and bedroom) revolves around the club and he’s pulled the whole family into Liverpool fandom. Here’s how Grant responded when I interviewed him about LFC (my commentary in parentheses):

What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not at school?
When I’m not at school I really just like to play soccer a lot and kick the ball around (yes, he’s destroying our house). I play with LEGOs sometimes and play FIFA on my Kindle.

Do you follow other sports?
I follow football and basketball a little.

You read a lot of books too. Have you read any Liverpool books?
I have a few. Mom and I just read Steven Gerrard’s autobiography together on the Kindle. I also have the Pocket Book of Liverpool, 120 Men Who Made LFC, and Liverpool the Comic Strip History (all sit by his bed).
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Who’s your favorite player on the current Liverpool team?
I really like how Lallana and Moreno are performing this season. Steven Gerrard even though he’s getting a little old maybe. (He was a big Suárez fan and has taken the loss hard.)

Who do you like among the young or on-loan players?
I’d like to see what Jordon Ibe can do when he comes back. (Affinity first developed for Ibe because Grant wears #33 for his club team.)

Besides Liverpool, what other teams do you like to follow?
I like Derby and Real Madrid some. I like Atletico Madrid a little bit even though they’re rivals of Real Madrid. And I like PSG some too. (I’m reading my edited rendition of ‘I am Zlatan’ to him at bedtime. Nightmares are now common for both of us.)

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? It would probably be Brendan Rodgers. I would just like to see what he thinks on how the season’s going and how they’re going to get better. And just like what he’s working on with them.

How about any others from the past teams you’d like to meet?
I’d like to meet Kenny Dalglish or Luis Suárez. Oh yeah, I really like how Dirk Kuyt played for us.
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How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
One day you were showing me a website where you could pick your favorite team and I read the description for Liverpool. It said if you like Bill Russell more than Michael Jordan, because he won more titles, than you probably like Liverpool. So, yeah.

You watch a lot of soccer and old videos and LFC TV – do you have a favorite Liverpool moment or goal? Well, I have one moment and one goal. My favorite moment was from last year when Coutinho scored in the game against City where they won 3-2. I just felt like we could conquer the league. And the goal was when they played Norwich at Anfield where Suárez got four goals. That one (the third goal) where he just popped it over the defender’s head, leaned his weight to one side and shot the ball the other way.

 You weren’t born yet when Istanbul happened. But you have checked out the Liverpool “Champions of Europe 2005” DVD from the Lawrence public library about a hundred times, right? It’s been in your possession more than the library’s over the past year? If somebody from the LFC Indy club wanted to watch it they’d have to come find you, right? So what was your favorite moment of the Istanbul final? I just thought it was really cool. It would have been nice if I was there when it happened. It just seemed exciting and it would have been great if you were there at the stadium. I liked the celebration by Xabi Alonso and his teammates when he got the rebound and scored off the penalty kick.

When you watch a Liverpool match do you have any superstitions?
Well, I like to wear my Liverpool shirt with you but it doesn’t always work.

No, it doesn’t always work. What do you do if Liverpool loses a match?
Run upstairs, put the blankets over my head and cry for a little while. (Boy laughs at saying that, but very true on match day. Reason he’s hesitant about us going to UJ for matches.)

You’ve learned all about the Liverpool kits—what’s your favorite?
The one I really like is the 1993-1995 home kit. The shirt had some darker red lines on it and the white stripes on the shirt and the shorts. (He’s also mentioned the old green kits previously. Like all young kids today, he likes crazy color schemes and neon anything. He actually thought last year’s away kits were cool.)

You are in charge of Liverpool for 1 day… what do you do?
I’d probably try to sharpen up the team a little bit with some new signings—maybe another center back, a striker and a goalkeeper. I’d like to get Jordon Ibe back. And work with the team on their attacking and creative play, and making good passes and touches.

Anybody you’d let go?
I don’t want to say. Maybe Glen Johnson. (He probably heard that one from his dad.)

Have you ever seen Liverpool play in person?
Yeah, I went to Soldier Field in Chicago to see the Olympiakos game. I thought it was really interesting just being around all the fans. It was fun. It would be fun to go to Anfield someday. I’d also like to go to the Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
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If Liverpool won the league, where would you go for a celebratory dinner?
I’d would probably go to Buffalo Wild Wings so I could eat lots of wings and watch the highlights again and again and again.

What makes you most proud to be a Liverpool fan?
Just what the atmosphere is at Anfield and stuff. And just how our supporters are good and how Rodgers is usually good.

Any other team that would consider you a big supporter?
Yeah, we support Indy Eleven (he’s been to most of the games and likes sitting with the Brickyard Battalion). I really like their goalkeeper, Kristian Nicht. And probably A.J. Corrado and Dylan Mares because they’re two of my coaches (at the FC Pride club).

 

Thanks Guys! Look forward to seeing you guys come out to Union Jack for a match, Don’t worry Grant we will pull out those 3 points for you!

LFC News

As you’ve probably seen this morning Dejan Lovren was injured on International Duty. Not the best way to start off the break. That leaves us with Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure as the top CB choices since Sakho is still out till the start of October and Wisdom & Ilori are out on loan.

Here is something though that isn’t as bad. Your Vice Captain Jordan Henderson with a nice little strike during England training

Congrats to Striker Daniel Sturridge on hitting 1 million followers on Instagram. If you don’t have IG it is something to get to follow players like Sturridge, Gerrard and probably one of the best “instagramers” Mario Balotelli. Here is an example of why you should follow Super Mario.

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International breaks are never fun, with always the worry of injury happening, but on this international break you do have the chance to get that soccer fix with two really nice matches.
First is on Friday night you get to see Landon Donovan in his farewell USMNT match.
Landon is one of if not the most famous and best USA players in national team history.  Here is a mockup of all of the USA shirts he has ever worn.
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Then on Saturday it is the 2nd to last home match for your hometown Indy Eleven. Hopefully they can pull of back to back home wins this week and next week. Hope the folks who won the Suite tickets to the match last time out had a good time.

Next Sunday Oct. 19th will be the first Battle of Union Jack’s. As you know the Indy Reds call UJ’s home but also the QPR supporters club also calls it home. SO make sure to get out there to fill up Union Jack’s next week and drown out those Hoops supporters. Show them why it is called Indy Anfield.

Have a good rest of the week Indy Reds. A new Fan Focus and a new Red Tardis will be up next week.

YNWA

-Nile-

 

 

 

Fan Focus. Reds invade Switzerland

Welcome back Indy Reds after “didn’t go as planned” Derby Weekend to another edition of the Indy Red Fan Focus.

Name: Joe Dilling @JMDilling

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? January 2002 I took a class in college that toured Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. One of my buddies on the trip was talking soccer and how he follows Man United. I played rec soccer while I was growing up and really enjoyed it. I didn’t make a travel team right before high school, so I decided not try out for the high school team. I did a little research in internet cafés and started reading everything I could about Liverpool. I think it was mostly because they were Man U’s rival and I wanted to stick it to my friend and their shirt sponsor was Carlsberg and we had been drinking mass quantities of Carlsberg on the trip.  Also, on that trip, we made a side stop in Liverpool (wasn’t planned). I got to walk the city center, saw the sights, bought the away shirt, and fell in love with the city. I really suggest a visit for anyone, not just LFC fans. The cathedrals are amazing. Since then, I’ve been hooked on Liverpool and US National Team.

First LFC memory? On that same trip we were staying in Notting Hill and my buddy and I watched LFC vs MUFC in a tiny pub near our hotel. It was packed with fans of both teams. LFC won that night at Old Trafford 1-0, courtesy of a Danny Murphy goal.

Favorite LFC memory? While I will always cherish Istanbul, to be different, I’ll choose January – April 26, 2014. It was so much fun.

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Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Not really, last season was the first time I was really able to watch games. I have two young boys, 3 and 3.5 months at home. The 3 year old will be up by 7:30 so I’ll take the boys and go downstairs so my wife can get some more sleep. The 3 year old will watch a kids movie, and I’ll stream the game on the iPad, drink some coffee and try not to get too worked up. I guess that’s a tradition. A weird superstition. I won’t buy player jerseys anymore as they either get hurt or transfer. I was over the moon when LFC signed Harry Kewell. I got a Kewell jersey and he rarely played due to injury.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was at work, following along on Sky Sports tracker. I got so pissed at halftime, I turned the browser off and finished work. It wasn’t until later that I found out about the dramatic comeback and victory. I think I had it DVRed, but not certain.

Favorite Current Player and Why? It’s really hard not to go with Stevie G, isn’t it? I remember how it was the end of the world when he was going to leave for Chelsea. But I’ve been a fan for most of his career, he stayed, and I’ll always be a fan.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? This is tough. Obviously being such a huge fan of Stevie he’d be close to top of the list. From the stories, Fowler and McMannaman would show you a good time and be a laugh. But I really think I’d choose Carragher. He would have stories upon stories and have a good laugh.

Favorite LFC kit ever?  The first “new” Adidas kits. Carlsberg was still the sponsor, they were simple (home kits). Plus, I was so happy that they got rid of Reebok because now we might finally be able to get more Liverpool stuff in Eurosport!

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I would end the Warrior contract and get a deal with Nike or Adidas. I might even fire the people who picked the away kits last year. The rest of the day I’d go to training and watch from a distance, have lunch with the players.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? I use to go to Football365.com and Sky Sports.com. But lately I’ve been getting most of my information from Twitter and podcasts. I really like the Liverpool Echo LFC, @livEchoLFC and @MostarLFC has great vids. The podcasts I listen to are UFL Podcast (there you go Gabe), The Anfield Index, LFC DayTrippers, and The Anfield Wrap. I also listen to Men in Blazers, but not for news.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?I’d probably be running around the house screaming, my 3 year old would join in because it looks like fun. The baby is probably crying because he’s scared and my wife is livid because of all the aforementioned behaviors. Therefore, I’d probably be eating in the doghouse that night. On the other hand, I might make an exception and go celebrate at Union Jack’s with LFC Indy.

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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Balotelli hands down. When Suarez left, we needed a striker and his name started swirling. I remembered how good he looked at Euro 2012 and thought he needed a chance. I love the fact that he can take some of the attention off of the new SAS, freeing them up.

Favorite LFC Goal? I can’t decide. Alonso chip from midfield was top for a long time. I also love it when Stevie would send in a screamer. But Suarez’s third against Norwich last year. It get’s over shadowed by the chip (which was a spectacular goal), but I still think it’s a better goal.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? No. I wanted to go to Chicago this last summer, but with a new baby, it wasn’t in the cards. I saw Scott Carson at a US England friendly in Chicago right after Istanbul. We had corner seats by the tunnel, I yelled his name and he seemed surprised.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  I’m a big fan of Notre Dame football, the Colts, and IU basketball. I’m also a member of The American Outlaws. I follow along on Twitter for the Indy Eleven games. We’ve talked about getting to a game, but not sure if it will work out this year. As far as hobbies, I love to travel and see different places. Also, I like to do stadium tours. My sister lives in Germany and once while visiting, we went to Allianz Arena in Munich. It’s a really neat place if you ever make it there.
Side Bar Story: My dad was performing a training class in Manchester. He was telling me his itinerary and it included a stadium tour of Old Trafford. I played along and did the whole, “I can’t believe you’re going to that dump”, etc.  But I also admitted it’d be a neat place to see (I did mention that I’m a fan of stadium tours). He talked the guys into going to Anfield instead, took a bunch of pictures and got me a few items. Not having the slightest clue about LFC, he didn’t know what he should have taken pictures of, but it’s the thought that counts.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? It would depend on if they had Bier Brewery on tap. I just did Brew Bus last week and both the Mild Brown and Dark Brown are great beers. If not, I’d go for Wee Mac. I know they aren’t Indy area, but 3 Floyds Gumballhead would pair nicely with a footy match. It’s a fantastic beer .

What makes you most proud to support LFC? YNWA. I get chills every time I hear it sung. The meaning of it is still true. Also, I love the fact that former players still talk of their love for Liverpool and the fans. I don’t think you get that when this generation of Chelsea or Man City players? Maybe Kompany, but I think he married a City fan, so he kind of has to.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? I like that I feel included even though I haven’t been able to make it to Union Jacks to watch with everyone. I’ll be there on Saturday for the first time, and I’m excited. Also, thanks to Nile for organizing LFC Indy. I remember looking for a local chapter a few years ago and not finding anything.

Thanks Joe!
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LFC are in Switzerland to take on FC Basel tonight in another Champions League group stage match. Starts at 2:30pm. Match will be live on Fox Sports 2.
LFC will look to bounce back after that last minute heartbreaking draw in the Derby v Everton and look to improve on their last time out in the Champions League when they had to go to extra time with Ludogrets. A big away win would help the Redmen to boost their confidence and hopefully springboard them a little in the Premier League campaign and group stage of the Champions League.
If you are able to get out of work or school early head over to Union Jack Pub for the match. Always a great way to spend the afternoon at Indy Anfield with a pint and a late lunch/early dinner.

9am match this Saturday v West Brom. Get those plans sorted to get out to UJ’s for some brunch and Poetry In Motion.

Now that it is October this is the month that LFC will be reviewing our Application to become an Official Supporters Club. Keep those Prayers, Good thoughts & Vibes coming.
It is also the time that I(Nile) will need to be slowing down some on the posting and updating with the Baby Boy coming next month. If you want or are willing to help out with the blog or Twitter or Facebook, email or message us so we can keep this ship sailing and continue to grow the support and awareness here in Indy Area.
We might be struggling a little this early part of the year but this is when a fans true love of the club is tested and you can help us keep growing here in the Circle City.

YNWA

-Nile-

 

 

 

Fan Focus. Father/Son Merseyside Derby

Hey there Indy Reds, you are in for a treat today. In honor of the Merseyside Derby tomorrow, we had to step up our Indy Red Fan Focus, and oh did we. Today we have a Double Interview, 2 Indy Reds Father(James) and Son(William). Enjoy it.

Name: James and William Sloane

How did you pick Liverpool as your team?
J -For me it was my cousin Mike. Mike was who I looked up to and him being a Liverpool fan, I always wanted to be like Mike.

W – I think for me…

J – You had no choice! You were red from the day you were born

W – (Laughs) Yes I know! I don’t think I would have chosen another team anyway because I looked up to you like you did Mike, so when I came of age it was always going to be Liverpool. Hands down.

First LFC memory?
J – Wow…It would have to be ’77. We’d already won the league and won the European Cup…but lost the bloody FA Cup. Broke my heart. I cried for a week after that (laughs) But that 77 European Cup final. It was the start of something special

W -I think for me it Has to be the 2001 FA Cup final. I believe we were watching that on the internet and Auntie Sue called when Michael Owen scored and we were going nuts and it was just like…wow I could get used to this. Man that was awhile ago!

Favorite LFC memory?

J – Too many! Probably the 1979 Charity Shield match. Dad took me to the Old Wembley and it just took my breath away. 100,000 fans, me being 10 years old, and Liverpool vs Arsenal. We won 3-1.

W – Definitely too many. I think it has to be the 05 Cup Final hasn’t it? I mean it was my first big final on TV, I was off school that day. And the day itself was one of the best ever. Actually I think you took me out of school that day.

J – Ol’ Spaghetti legs!

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match?

J – Laughs. Oh man.

W – The LFC Blanket has to be in the room. Banners in the window.

J – No superstitions. But definitely have to have the shirt on. Red for game day. For sure.

W – What, you mean that old raggedy 3/4 length sleeve shirt you wore for like 9 weeks straight!

J – It nearly won us the title! It’s got holes and tea stains on it…but that shirt is a charm.

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Where were you during Istanbul?

J – Unfortunately here in Indiana but watching it on our trusty cable TV! We were there in spirit

W – I’m pretty sure you picked me up early?

J- Mom wasn’t happy about that! But we weren’t missing a minute! I had to go to work, was already late but that last kick of the game Dudek saved but boy I was crying my eyes out on the way.

W- I definitely was. I didn’t really know how to celebrate. What a game what a night!

Favorite Current Player and Why?

J – Stevie G. For the player he is. His leadership and undying passion. Staying at Liverpool through the years. He is LFC.

W – I’d have agree. I grew up watching him. I emulated him as a player. Other players have come and gone that I’ve loved but Stevie has been my hero.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why?

J – Damn these questions! Player – Dalglish. Manager – Bob Paisely. Dalglish was my hero. But to be able to sit down with old man Bob Paisley…I don’t even know if I’d ask him a question I’d probably be shocked and smiling. Paisley was the man during my childhood…lifting trophy after trophy.

W – I think it would have to be Gerrard/Benitez for me. Gerrard’s my hero. Benitez I have so many good memories as a fan with him. Smashing the Mancs 4-1, Real Madrid 4-0. Beating Chelski every damn time we came across them. Man…memories.

Favorite LFC kit ever?

J – Crown Paints w/ the pinstripes

W- Was that 88?

J – Yea I believe so.

W- I think I’d have to go with the 07-08 Away kit. White with the red trim. Class kit. Adidas gave us some stellar kits.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do?

J – (Laughs) Go to the bank?

W – (whispers) Sell Glen Johnson…

J – Oh my god…no SELL ASPAS.

W – (sighs) Man this is a tough question really. I think it would definitely have to the stadium issue. It’s been an issue for 20 years now. Either start the refurbishing process or build a new stadium .

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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info?

J – You haha. And LFC.com

W- Yea I like to think i’m “In the know”. But definitely their website and the Liverpool Echo website.

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area?

J – The Union Jack. Definitely going to the pub.

W – I like that idea…but I’m off to the airport because i’m off to Liverpool

J – (laughs)

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?

J – Moreno. Oh…my gosh. That kid is phenomenal. We have a prodigy on our hands. That goal against Spurs was just…I don’t know I’ve probably watched it 50 times.

W – Super Mario. I believe Brendan can change him for the better and harness the raw talent he has. And for 16mil that was a steal. Have to throw Raheem and Jordan Ibe in there as well, but I’ve been banging on about them the last three years. Other people finally starting to see my scouting talent 😉

Favorite LFC Goal?

J – Oh please…only one?! Nope…every goal we score. Dalglish…Rush…Barnes…Ronnie Whelan scored a wonder goal that has stuck with me. Souness scored a goal against Luton and I was in the Luton end…I yelled and then remembered I was in Luton!

W – Laughs

J – No wait…I got one…Definitely the Stevie G equalizer against West Ham. The third one. That was a thunder bolt that just came out of absolutey no where!

W- This is tough….but yea that Stevie G goal was wonderous. But if I had to pick it’d definitely be a Suarez special. Either the halfway punt or that volley against Norwich. Just phenomenal

Have you ever seen LFC play in person?

J – Quite a few times.

W – Unfortnuately not yet. But here soon that’s going to change.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?

J – Rugby Union. Love to watch Wales in the Six Nations.

W- Definitely Rugby

J – Nascar (laughs). Any motor sport really. Like Formula 1.

W – Darts!

J – Love Darts

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match?

W – I don’t drink currently as I’m in season preparing for my second physique show, but when last season my go to was Scottish Wee Mac from Sun King. Pretty sure I downed a growler before 9 last season when we beat the Mancs. It was my birthday, and anytime we play them I need something to ease my mind haha.

J – I stick to Tennents. Can’t break from that.

What makes you most proud to support LFC?

J – Oh man…everything about Liverpool. The history.

W – The future

J – Words can’t express it.

W – No one else will understand until you immerse yourself in LFC. It’s unlike any of the other teams I support in other sports. I love the teams I do support in baseball and NFL, etc…but I don’t get the feeling I do like I do with LFC.

J – It’s a way of life.

Best thing about being  an Indy Red?

W – It’s growing into a good supporters club. Just proud to be a part of it and see that this club can reach all the way to Indy.

J – Being there last season for the derby and seeing the passion was great. It’s excellent being so far from home.

 

Thanks guys, pretty awesome right?!

As you know the Merseyside Derby is tomorrow morning 7:45am Kickoff. Doors at Indy Anfield Union Jack Pub will open up at 7:30. Make sure you get there, we will be giving away a couple pairs of tickets in the TCC Talk Suite for the Indy Eleven match that is happening later that night.
So if you needed another excuse to get out of bed early there it is. Head to UJ’s have a pint watch a great rivalry, get loud and wake up Broad Ripple.
Huge thanks to fine folks at TCC Talk for offering to give us tickets to giveaway. If any of you Indy Reds follow Nile on twitter/facebook/insta you have seen his pictures from when he sat in the suites, it is pretty awesome. Great View, free beer and snacks.

YNWA

-Nile-

Red Tardis. Derby Week.

Welcome to Derby Week Indy Reds!!! We’ve got another really good edition of The Red Tardis in store for you today. It went over really well last week, looks like you guys really enjoyed it. So I will let Indy Red Bryan take it away…

 

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Welcome again to another edition of the Red Tardis, a vehicle for Indy Reds to examine the incredible history of LFC… and what a week to have a Tardis handy – Derby Week! European nights may have more glitz and glamour, matches against Manchester United more important when it comes to league titles or comparing silverware totals, but no match is quite like Liverpool v Everton. It is the longest running top flight derby match in England, having been contested every year since 1962. The first match between these rivals? October 13, 1894.

 

Longevity is not the Merseyside Derby’s only claim to fame however. It is one of the only European derby matches without total seating segregation. Reds and Blues alike will be mixed in all over the ground. Families commonly have a mixture of Blues and Reds, and despite the immense passion displayed during the match and throughout the season, generally Reds and Blues get along like no other rival supporters in any major league in the world. Although that seems a bit hyperbolic, the match was called “The Friendly Derby” for decades. More on that later. Recently, the match has intensified, with more red cards than any other match in the Premier League era.

This Saturday will mark the 223rd Merseyside Derby, including leagues and cups. Liverpool has 89 wins, Everton 66, with 67 draws. Liverpool have outscored their Stanley Park neighbors 312 to 255. The two clubs are true neighbors, with the two grounds nearly within sight of each other.

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Into the Red Tardis then, but to which fixture? Dozens of Merseyside Derby’s have produced memorable moments such as the 1984 League Cup Final, when Reds and Blues all over the Wembley chanted “Merseyside! Merseyside! Are you watching Manchester?”

How about the 1999 home match when Robbie Fowler, responding to tabloid press rumors of drug use (presumed at the time to have been started by Evertonians) scored in front of the main Everton section and celebrated his goal by pretending to “snort” the white end line next to the goal. TWICE!
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He received a 6 match ban and was fined £32,000. Manager Gerard Houllier gave the farcical explanation that Fowler was mimicking a “eating the grass” celebration Fowler learned from Cameroonian defender Rigobert Song. Whatever Gerard.

Ian Rush once scored four goals in a 1982 match at Goodison Park, and that feat became part of the lyrics of “Scouser Tommy” which is still sung today, commemorating that memorable 5-0 thrashing.

If you have never seen Gary McAllister’s free kick in the 2001 match at Goodison Park, stop what you are doing and YouTube it right now. It’s an astonishing piece of improvisation and millimeter perfect placement – from more than 40 yards, in the 90th minute. One of the greatest LFC goals of all time.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that despite all the heated rivalry between these two clubs, an immeasurable amount of respect is in place here. Families separate for 90 minutes and then immediately join up again. Same with spouses, mates, co-workers, etc. Everton’s support after Hillsborough in 1989 is certainly the best example of the unique relationship between the two, and the LFC has not only thanked the Blues recently with a Kop card mosaic before a match, they invited Everton manager Roberto Martinez to speak at the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Ceremony. Speaks volumes.

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But the Red Tardis today takes us to what is probably the greatest Merseyside Derby of all time, the 1989 FA Cup Final.

Liverpool won the re-arranged Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest after the match at Hillsborough was tragically abandoned, and found Everton waiting for them at Wembley. John Aldridge put the Reds ahead with their first attack of the day. That lone goal appeared to be a cup winner, until the Blues scored in the 90th minute and thousands of Evertonians invaded the Wembley pitch in jubilation/disbelief. Have you ever watched a match that was 1-0 in the 90th minute end up 3-2? This one did, and it rightfully holds the top spot when ranking Merseyside Derby moments. Liverpool fans get their time to invade the pitch as well. With the death of the 96 still fresh in everyone’s mind, this match was unforgettable for many reasons. Enjoy, YNWA. Bryan @BryanSTL

Thanks Bryan! Great Stuff again! Derby is always a great match.

Yesterday LFC opened up their Capital One/League Cup journey v Middlesbrough. 17 year old Jordan Rossiter on his debut opened up the scoring.

What a great moment for the local young kid who started off in the U-6 academy with LFC.
Boro though would pull one back and it was tied 1-1 after 90min. Suso would score in extra time but then surprise surprise Boro equalized again in Extra time. So Shootout time.
Yes 14-13 on penalties, crazy! Even Mignolet scored. Kolo had a rocket too.  LFC move on to the next round. Hopefully that energy comes back quick for some of the boys for the Derby Saturday.

Hopefully LFC can get their defensive woes sorted before this weekend and the upcoming Champions League match. Early kickoff time 7:45am Indy Reds. Get out to Union Jack Pub to support your Redmen and to support the fine owners at UJ’s who are nice enough to wake up early on a weekend and open their business so that we are able to all congregate together and watch some Poetry In Motion. So get out there and pack Indy Anfield and get your weekend started right with LFC getting 3 points.

I apologize for the lack of match updates last weekend for the West Ham match(I’m sure you were happy about it since it was a crap game anyway) I was out of town with my family and didn’t have a backup in place for the match.

 

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus. West Ham.

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

YNWA

-Nile-

Red Tardis. European Nights are Back!

Hi there Indy Reds! Going to try out a new series to have here on the site: The Red Tardis
(Title could change, this is the best I could come up with, plus look at that picture below, it is pretty sweet)

This comes from one of our Indy Reds who has been featured on the Fan Focus: Bryan Smith. I’ll let him take it away and explain a little of what this series will be. I’m a big fan of it and I think you Indy Reds will love it too.

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A big thank you to Nile for allowing me to post on the LFC Indy blog. The idea is this – a regular look at the past and present of the club we all love, but with a twist. One can find thousands of clips of famous goals, iconic images, or articles about a club as rich in history as Liverpool, but I want to go deeper than that, and have a little fun celebrating what it’s like to be an Indy Red. So where to begin?

No idea for exploring this magnificent football club could begin anywhere but in Istanbul, Turkey. The Ataturk Stadium, Champions League Final, 2005. Thousands of pieces of media about this match exist, but this one is unique. A fan was shooting video from his seat in the Liverpool end for what must have been the entire match. He or she (I believe it to be a he – the guy turns the camera onto himself and screams after Xabi Alonzo’s famous equalizer) edits together all the good bits and puts YOU and I into his seat in the Liverpool end that night. So then… “Istanbul – A New Perspective”.

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The video is shot in about 200p (if there is such a thing) and is far from High Definition, but the passion shown by the supporters in the Liverpool end on this vid cannot be measured with words or numbers, you just have to climb into this guy’s seat for a few minutes and watch.

I’ll give him credit, our videographer includes a shot of the AC Milan tifo and a vid of their second goal, a simple right footed shot from inside the box by Hernan Crespo. The roar from the AC Milan end is quite something, but so was an unexpected , early 2-0 lead in a European Cup Final most pundits expected to be a low scoring affair. Then the unimaginable happens… the most remarkable 6 minutes of football ever played by a Liverpool side. Ask yourself this, would you have had your camera on, shooting video, down 3-0? Incredibly, our guy was rolling, and I love it. Up next is our first goal, a highly underrated, long distance, inch perfect header by Stevie G. The celebrations are of the “whew! We got one at least we can go home with that” variety and who can blame them. When Smicer’s shot found the corner two minutes later to make it 3-2, the travelling Kop explodes in delight drenching with the visual equivalent of “we can fucking do this!!!” The simultaneous joy and disbelief when Gerrard earns the penalty and Xabi Alonzo roofs the rebound of the missed PK just a couple of minutes later is memorable too, but I love the reaction to the second goal. Perhaps that is what supporting Liverpool is often about, not the destination or final result, but the way this team makes you feel during the journey, be it 45 minutes or an entire season. It’s an unbelievable scoreboard 3-3 in the 68th minute and a small piece of one of the greatest YNWA’s in history is heard. Jerzy Dudek then saves a Shevchenko penalty shootout effort to secure the cup for Liverpool, and everyone goes absolutely mental. No other video that I have ever seen captures so many moments of this match in this way, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. I’ll be back someday soon with more, until then, Walk On…     Bryan @BryanSTL

 

Pretty awesome right?! Very cool to see what it was like on that magical night in the crowd with fellow Reds. If you enjoyed this post Bryan has a few more that we will be posting. Comment on what you think.

 

As you know LFC for the 1st time in 5 years is back in the Champions League and wow what a night it was!
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Your Redmen couldn’t seem to find the net in the 1st half v scrappy little Ludogrets.
Then in the 2nd half Mario Magnifico finally put the Reds in front in the 82nd minute. He did an great job of fighting off two defenders in the box to punch it past the keeper.
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But this wouldn’t be a LFC match without some drama though right? Ludogrets would come back to score as the clock hit 90:00. Everyone I’m sure was shocked and not to pleased that we would be drawing v this tiny Bulgarian team that has only existed since 2001.
As we rolled into stoppage time new signing Javi Manquillo put some pressure on Ludogrets GK who missed played a ball back to him and ended up fouling Manquillo in the box for a Penalty in the dying seconds of the match. Up stepped who else: The One, The Only, Your Captain Fantastic, Stevie G.
…And you know what happens when #8 steps up to the penalty spot.
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Stevie G comes up with another game winner/heroics. We truly are extremely lucky to be living during a time when we are able to see this guy play.
Well for sure a nerve wrecking night for our 1st European Night in a while. Looked like we missed Sturridge some. But hey it is a win and glad they came back in the dying seconds to get the W.
Nope no recap of the Villa match. It wasn’t pleasant to watch, played terrible didn’t get the win. Still early in the season so still gelling together and new faces still adopting the BR philosophy.

Thanks to all of the Indy Reds who came out to Union Jack over the weekend and yesterday for the Match. It was also good to see a lot of you at the Indy Eleven match.
Another late start this weekend for your Redmen 12:30pm again. Make sure to go hit up Indy Anfield Union Jack and get some tasty beer and tasty lunch before or after the Match while you are there.

YNWA

-Nile-

Fan Focus-Lady In Red. Action Packed Saturday

Finally the International Break is over and we can get back into the Premier League season! To celebrate this action packed weekend here in our great city it’s another edition of our Indy Red Fan Focus. Up this week we have another of our female Indy Reds(yes the Liverpool love here in Indy is not just a boys club)

 

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Name: Ryutaro (Tomi) Makaneole
Twitter: @tominomigotchi

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? In Junior High, I had to write a paper on a Socialist. I asked my stepbrother if he had any ideas on who I could write my essay about. As a huge music lover he told me to check out Bill Shankly, “from the land of the Beatles!” So I did… I mean, you kind of can’t go wrong with the Beatles. For two weeks I learned everything I could about that man. Passed my essay and class and still could not stop reading about Shankly. I was without a doubt hooked on him. Which made me (A huge West Ham fan at the time) take an interest in the team that he had supported and loved. Took a step back from the Hammers and realized that Liverpool was for me. Proud Red ever since. They were more than just a team, they were a family and included it’s fans in this big family as well.

First LFC memory? Growing up a West Ham fan, I had watched a few LFC matches when they were against WHU. Before making the big switch, I always thought LFC had the greatest song. As I began to get more involved with LFC, the song started to have more meaning and to this day, You’ll Never Walk Alone still gives me chills. But I’ll never forget the first time it happened. As far as first LFC memory during a match… When Michael Owen scored his 100th goal with LFC vs WHU. I was 13 and blown away. I was happy for him as a key player but also happy for Liverpool as a whole.

Favorite LFC memory? Of course, ISTANBUL.!! But watching them return to Liverpool and the response from the fans was overwhelming. Imagine being there, with over 700k fellow Reds. Even from Indiana, you could feel the love and it was beautiful!! Hands down, my favorite LFC memory.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? Always a pre-match FaceTime session or phone call with my footy partners in crime across the pond. My phone will be going off for hours before the match “You awake? WAKE UP! It’s match day!” Granted they are already drunk. We talk about how we think it will play out, what we are drinking, if we are going anywhere to watch it, etc. Other than that, You will never see me with my nails representing anything but LFC throughout the season. Such a girl answer, whatever. Lol.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was a junior in high school. No cool story about watching them win and getting tanked. More along the lines of last minute studying for finals, calling my stepbrother between classes, and wishing the day would go by fast.

Favorite Current Player and Why? Gerrard and Sturridge. Stevie G.! Because, well… He is literally a legend. His passion for the sport and club makes me proud to call myself a Red, and proud to call him my badass Scouse Captain. Studge.! He is just amazing. He and Suarez as a pair were fierce and unmatched. Now with Suarez being gone, I feel we will truly be able to see him rise and I am especially excited to watch him this season.! He never lets me down and always makes for a good match. Plus, his dance is tops. Lol.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. Bill Shankly. To be able to be in his presence and hear his story out of his mouth would be such an amazing moment. I’m not entirely sure what I would ask him, as I would be in awe at everything he had to say. Of course I would thank him for being such an influential figure in LFC history and give him praise on his life and all he had done. As far as the course of the conversation goes, totally go with the flow and just listen to him. See what advice he had to offer and just take in those few hours with him and truly listen to everything he had to say.

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Favorite LFC kit ever? I’m a huge fan of last seasons kit, it was just clean and sleek looking. The Liverbird on the chest and the gold looks really good on the red. The bright white on the collar and sleeves makes it stand out even more. I wouldn’t mind if they extended using the same design a bit.! My favorite kit ever, 2008 home kit. I love ADIDAS. So the ADIDAS logo on the middle as well as the triple stripes were great to look at. The full color Liverpool crest on the chest made it a definite win/win.! I would love for them to put the full crest back on the kits and would also love to see that ADIDAS logo again. Just sayin…

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? If I were Liverpool owner for 1 day, I would make it easier for fans outside of UK to make it to a home match. Possibly have a series of contests allowing a few winners from supporting countries the chance to win a home ticket including airfare and the opportunity to meet the players. It would end up being a bit costly, but I think that would be great for the loyal fans from other countries.

Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Before joining Twitter, I got the bulk of my LFC news from the LFC site, Friends in England, as well as a Liverpool News app. Having Twitter, it seems to come from all over the place now. Constant updates from fellow reds, official accounts of the players, LFC Indy is the reason I joined on twitter. Two thumbs up. 🙂

LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area ?Get on Twitter and figure out where everyone was going, to meet up with my fellow Indy Reds! Celebrate properly, surrounded by awesome people who have the same passion for the same great club. Call off work if we got to, we just won the league. 🙂

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? I’m looking forward to watching Sterling, of course. He’s such a valuable member of the team and has a lot to offer. Also just fascinating to watch.

Favorite LFC Goal? Gerrard’s 90th min goal against WHU in the FA cup leading up to the win. Such a great match as a fan of both clubs.!

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I’ve never been to an LFC match. I don’t think I will go to an LFC match anywhere until I see them at Anfield first. I’m a stubborn person and although I know they will be amazing anywhere, I am set on my first time being at Anfield. I just know that there would be no other way to experience it first hand than to be at home.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have?  Pretty busy with my two awesome kids, but I’m an avid collector of Star Wars memorabilia and pandas. I love reading and learning about different cultures. WWII History obsessed. I also enjoy helping out with charities when I can. Always a good feeling to pay it forward.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Favorite local beer would have to be Oaken Barrel’s Snakepit, Brewed in Greenwood. I love a good porter and it’s my favorite locally brewed. I am also a fan of their Indiana Amber, for those who enjoy Amber Ale.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? I am proud to be a Red because when you meet a fellow Red, you are automatically like family. Being able to have that in common with people is a great feeling. You just pick up like you’ve been friends for years. As a whole, we are a welcoming, friendly, diehard group of fans who share the same respect and love.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? Being able to build friendships with others nearby who share the same love for LFC as you.

Thanks Tomi, always fun to post these each week and learn about our Indy Reds.

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Your RedMen are back in action this weekend, Saturday 12:30 kickoff v Aston Villa. Should a pretty good match. The Villains have given us some trouble the last two times out at Anfield.
Here is Brendan Rodgers Pre-match press conference.

LFC have been hit with the injury bug of late. Out this week will be Sturridge(2-3 more weeks) Skrtel, Flanno, Can(up to 6 weeks) Johnson.

Good news…Lallana is fit to play and it looks like Hendo is a go too.
We also have a much deeper team and bench then we’ve had in previous years. Luckily we also have a little “softer” schedule over these next few weeks.
Will be good to see players like Lallana, Markovic, Lambert, Borini come into the squad and step up.

Get out to Union Jack Pub! Should be packed. If you’ve never been to Indy Anfield this is the perfect time to come out. Great kickoff time to go and get some lunch either before or after the match. Get some good food and beer in before you head down to the Indy Eleven match that evening.
Speaking of Indy Eleven looks like we are going to have quite a few Indy Reds there. Who is up for a tailgate meet up before the match? Yes we probably just got done seeing the majority of you at UJ’s but Come on out to the tailgate and say Hi to everyone and drink some good beer to get those vocal chords warmed up to cheer on your Indy XI.
Look forward to seeing Union Jacks packed on Saturday & meeting more of our Indy Reds.
YNWA
-Nile-

Fan Focus and UCL Draw

Time to kick off another action packed weekend with a new Indy Red Fan Focus. In honor of most Universities & Colleges starting here recently we will feature one of our Indy Reds who is heading off to school.  He is pretty active on Twitter & you can even see some of his writing on some LFC fan sites too.

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Name: Cody Taylor
How did you pick Liverpool as your team? When I first fell in love with soccer, I vowed to not become a fan of a specific team. I found no point in following a team from across the world. But, that came to an end very quickly when I travelled to Baltimore with my friend to watch Liverpool play Spurs. To be honest, I think the thing that attracted me to Liverpool Football Club was the fans before anything. I then very quickly and obviously fell in love with the history and players. I also was attracted to the fact that the team was somewhat of an underdog team, and not a high spending rich Manchester City esque team.
First LFC memory? My first LFC memory would probably be winning the League Cup in 11/12. This was around the time when I started watching Liverpool.
Favorite LFC memory? Because I haven’t been a fan for the longest time, I have a pretty short history with the club. With that being said, my favorite memory has to be our run in the league last campaign. Coming so close to a title when you are written off by everyone is something that truly feels magical.
Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? I always spend the night at my best friends house, and wake up early to watch the game with him and another friend. He was much like I was. He was a fan of the sport. It did not take him long to fall in love with the club. He even travelled to Chicago this year with me for the ICC match.
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Where were you during Istanbul? Well I had just turned 10, so I would presume I was riding around on a new bike I got for my birthday.
Favorite Current Player and Why? Raheem Sterling. Sterling in my opinion has it all; pace, touch, finesse, good decision making, and he’s tough. Add those attributes to the fact that he is my age makes him one of footballs most exciting players.
If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever who it would it be & why? I think it would have to be Bill Shankly. I have read many books about Shankly and I am always taken back by how hospitable he was. He would openly invite fans into his home for coffee and a nice chat. He was a man of character and can be a role model for generations of Liverpool fans and Soccer fans alike.
Favorite LFC kit ever? The year I was born!! I really like the 1995/96 away kits. With that being said, any of the classic red kits are just as high up there on the list. Seeing the iconic red kits makes me happy every time!
You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day what do you do? I grant members of LFCIndy full access to anything in the team. Basically we would have the same privileges as someone who was best friends with our owners.
Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? All on twitter and Google News.
LFC have just won the league, where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? Well since I’m not 21 the Union Jacks situation can get tricky with times, but I’d have to say a dinner at my home with my family and friends who all follow LFC.
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Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play?
Emre Can. In my opinion Emre is a modern day defensive minded box to box midfielder who likes to get forward. He reminds me of an un-polished young Yaya Toure. This type of player is almost a necessity in the modern game and Liverpool will love his physical presence in the middle of the field.
Favorite LFC Goal?
Have you ever seen LFC play in person? I have been lucky enough to see Liverpool play twice. I saw them in their two most recent USA summer tours. I saw them play Spurs in Baltimore and Olympiacos. I was also lucky enough to have seen them train at Melwood this summer.
What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I am a pretty big Pacer fan, but honestly nothing matters to me besides Liverpool.
Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Well the only Beer I can legally have is while in Liverpool, so no Indy area places work for me. I did have a really good pear beer while in Liverpool One this summer though.
What makes you most proud to support LFC? I have so many things running through my head, I do not even know what to say. I truly find it hard to answer this question because of how many reasons I love this club. The fans, the players, the staff, the history, the values, what is there that this clubs doesn’t have to offer?
Best thing about being an Indy Red? I am a Hoosier, and a Red, what combination is better than that?
Thanks Cody!
LFC News:
As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Thursday was the Champions League Draw. Liverpool made out pretty good in the draw.
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LFC, Real Madrid, FC Basel & Ludogorets came up in group B.
Obviously the big time match is going to be LFC v Real. Should be some incredible scenes at Anfield and The Bernabeau. Quick history lesson LFC are 3-0 all time v Real Madrid. One of those wins was to win the European Cup and the most recent win was a 4-0 drubbing of them at Anfield.
LFC should feel confident about getting out of this group and gaining some big confidence heading into the knockout stages.
Here is the dates for the matches. You’ve heard of big time European Nights, get ready for Big Time European Afternoons at Union Jack!!
09/16 LFC v Ludogorets
10/01 FC Basel v LFC
10/22 LFC v Real Madrid *****
11/04 Real Madrid v LFC *****
11/26 Ludogorets v LFC
12/09 LFC v FC Basel
It is great to have Champions League action back!!
Not going to review the City match, you all watched it. It wasn’t pleasant. Only second match of the year and without Lallana & Mario v defending champs. It will all be ok.
This Sunday we take on Spurs away. 8:30am Kickoff.
Indy Eleven play Saturday night so keep that energy & excitement going for the next morning and get out to Union Jack Pub for the match. Get those 3 points.
Should see new signing Balotelli in action this weekend. Possibly Lallana too. Lazar was fun to watch v City when he came off the bench.
Have a great weekend Indy Reds.
-YNWA-
Nile

Fan Focus

Time for another round of our Indy Red Fan Focus. This series has been extremely popular so far which is great to see. It has been very fun to do. Look forward to posting these each week.
Up today is one of my most favorite Indy Reds to sit down and have a beer and a chat with. This guy knows his beer & his soccer. You will see him out at the Indy Eleven matches & at UJ’s & Chatham during LFC & USA matches & he is always posting some nice little nuggets on Social Media.

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Name: Jim Dimitri

How did you pick Liverpool as your team? I did what some other American fans new to the Premier League do when they’re searching for a team: I chose Liverpool because they had an American player. This was back in 1998, when the only way to watch Premiership matches in Indy was to tune in to the local Fox Sports affiliate, which showed a weekly Premier League highlights program every Sunday night. At the time, I’d been a soccer fan for four years after getting addicted to the sport during the 1994 World Cup. I’d met Brad Friedel during that World Cup at a reception in Detroit for the USA team after the team’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland at the Pontiac Silverdome (this must have been not long after USA coach Bora Milutinovic exhorted the team to “Size the Day”—There’s an inside joke for all you Men in Blazers fans). At that World Cup, Brad was the USA’s number two ‘keeper behind Tony Meola.

Anyway, I was already watching MLS in ’98 but wanted to pick a Premiership team as well. So I knew that Brad was a Liverpool goalkeeper and I said, “Boom, there’s my team,” even though Brad didn’t play for the club much. Yes, it was an arbitrary decision, made in full ignorance of LFC’s illustrious history, but there I was, a newly-minted Liverpool fan. Making LFC my team was made sweeter when I later learned about the club’s history and when I saw that the club had Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler booting in goals.

First LFC memory? I don’t know that this is my first memory, but it’s the first important memory: the first time I watched Liverpool with another Liverpool fan. I am fortunate to still call that fan my friend almost 14 years after that meeting. The friend in question is fellow Indy Red Bryan Smith. Bryan and I were regulars on the BigSoccer.com forums and met each other on that website. This would have been in 2000 if I remember correctly. When we discovered that we were both Liverpool fans, we arranged to meet at the Fox and Hound in Castleton to watch a LFC match. I think it was a UEFA Cup (now called the Europa League) match against Olympiakos or something like that—you’ll have to check with Bryan because he has the better memory. I do remember it was a weekday afternoon match. So we both showed up wearing the same shirt—the home kit shirt for that season—which was kind of weird at the time. Think about it—two guys wearing the same foreign sports team shirt showing up in a nearly-empty pub at 2:30 in the afternoon at a time when few Americans cared about the Premier League. It wouldn’t be weird now, but we kind of chuckled about it back then. We were happy that not many other people were there because of the funny looks we might have gotten. Anyway, LFC won, and each of us had made a new friend. That was a good day. We’ve watched many a match together since then, including USA, Chicago Fire, and Indy Eleven matches.

Favorite LFC memory? The 2005 Champions League Final. No question.

Do you have any superstitions or traditions you do/have for each match? I’m not a superstitious person, so no.

Where were you during Istanbul? I was with Bryan at Rob n’ Jay’s Chippy (RIP), which used to be at 52nd and College where the restaurant E+D is now, next to the Red Key Tavern. The Chippy was a fish-and-chips shop owned by a down-to-earth Manc named Jason Kersh. He’s a Man U fan, but we don’t hold that against him because he used to serve delicious fish and chips (with curry sauce—and a side of mushy peas!), and in 2005 provided one of the only venues in town to watch European football on a regular basis. So there Bryan and I were downing Guinness and Strongbow Cider to drown our sorrows after going down 3-0 to AC Milan before the half. I will never forget that as we sat there at halftime, Bryan looked at me and said, “We’re going to come back.” I laughed because I’m cynical. But as history has shown, Bryan was right. And I’m a happy man for that. So the lesson there—listen to Bryan Smith when he says your team is going to win because he’s right.

Favorite Current Player and Why? A lot of people will say Stevie G, but for me, it’s Jordan Henderson. I think he’s the most well-rounded player the club has. He reminds me a bit of Xabi Alonso but perhaps isn’t as strong in the tackle as Xabi was when he was a Liverpool player (Hendo will get there, though). Any player who is like Xabi is a player I’m going to love because Xabi is my all-time favorite Liverpool player. And I think Hendo is going to blossom into a fantastic player. Did you see the pass he delivered to Sterling for Raheem’s goal against Southampton last Sunday? That’s what I’m talking about.

If you could meet or have dinner with any LFC player/manager ever, who it would it be & why? Because I don’t know as much about him as I would like to know, Bob Paisley.

Favorite LFC kit ever? The primary Champions League kit the team wore when they returned to the Champions League in the early ‘00s after a long absence. All red of course, with a white v-neck collar and a gold crest and lettering. Very simple, very classic.

You are Owner of Liverpool for 1 day. What do you do? As of now, help Brendan Rodgers buy another striker, but only if the value and quality of the player are there and the player is a good fit for the club. Could probably use another defender or two as well. Otherwise, I would counsel patience and reiterate the following: In BR We Trust!

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Where do you go to get your LFC news/info? Mostly Twitter—Liverpool Offside, This is Anfield, Men in Blazers, and of course LFC’s official Twitter feed and @LFCIndy. I also love @MostarLFC, which posts videos of goals almost immediately after they happen. Very handy whenever I can’t watch the matches live. And by the way, if you’re not following @usasoccerguy on Premier League match days, you’re missing out on one of the best parody accounts on Twitter. Picture the most clueless American soccer fan and you have @usasoccerguy, who refers to LFC as the “Liver Ducks,” Luis Suarez as “Swearez” and “the Soccer Beaver,” Martin Skrtel as “Martin Shirtpull,” Merseyside as “Mercyside,” and Anfield as “Anfield Arena.”

LFC have just won the league. Where are you going for a celebration dinner in Indy Area? First, to the Union Jack for pints with my fellow Indy Reds. Then to La Margarita in Fountain Square, which has the best little tap list in the city. Plus, owner Jon Rangel is a big soccer fan, though he’s a Mexico supporter (We forgive you, Jon). Then on to Black Acre Brewing Company in Irvington for a nightcap.

Newest Signing or Young Player you are looking forward to seeing this year play? Emre Can. I think he’s going to be a great player (Can you see that I have an affinity for central midfielders?).

Favorite LFC Goal? Hard to pick. I’ll have to go with two from my man Xabi Alonso. He once scored a goal from just behind the center circle against Newcastle. And then there’s his goal to tie up the match during the 2005 Champions League Final. That was a clinical display of why you always follow up a penalty kick just in case you miss and have a chance at the rebound.

Have you ever seen LFC play in person? Alas, no. But I’m going to Anfield to watch a match one day. No doubt about it.

What other sports do you follow or hobbies do you have? I used to watch more baseball, basketball, and NFL games, but I just don’t have the time to do that anymore. So soccer is my only true sporting love now. There’s so much soccer to watch, with international matches, the Premiership, MLS, and now Indy Eleven. Really an embarrassment of riches. I’m also big into craft beer—I write for the blog Hoosier Beer Geek, though I’m currently taking a break from the beer-blogging gig.

Best Local Indy Area Beer to have during an LFC match? Good segue! So hard to choose. If I’m at home watching a match, I’d have to go with anything from Black Acre, fresh from a growler I brought home from the brewery the night before—probably a growler of their Ol’ Fritz Berliner Weisse. And if I’m at the Union Jack, I’d go with a Scarlet Lane Dorian Stout. Scarlet Lane’s head brewer, Chris Knott, is a big soccer fan. He’s a Bayern Munich guy.

What makes you most proud to support LFC? The other Liverpool fans I’ve met. They are wonderful people and always super-knowledgeable and passionate about the club. I am always impressed by how much LFC fans know about the club and its history.

Best thing about being an Indy Red? The camaraderie. Getting together with the rest of the Indy Reds for matches is always fun.

 

Thank you Jim!

Now onto some LFC news:

Biggest Story obviously is the giant news that LFC have agreed to sign Forward Mario Balotelli for 16million from AC Milan. Super Mario is obviously a polarizing figure but this is an incredible bit of business by LFC. Balotelli is only 24, so he is still young & can continue to improve & grow. As for his attitude problems that he can have sometime, Rodgers and Dr Steve Peters will sort that out. Rodgers knows how to get the best out of his players. Suarez only had 21 goals in his first 2 seasons at LFC, in the 2 years following with Rodgers he had 61. BR can help make a player World Class.
If everything gets signed by Noon today Mario would be eligible to play Monday v his old team City.
Moreno should be good to go and hopefully will be in the starting lineup on Monday.

Exciting times at Liverpool. Lots of very fun players to watch. Great time to be a fan.

-YNWA-
Nile

Weekend Recap

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Wow talk about a great way to kick off the season! Above you’ll see a picture of most of the Indy Reds who came out to Union Jack Pub for the 1st match of the year. Was great to see some familiar faces & lots of new faces & meet a lot of you Indy Reds.  There was some great energy in the pub & great beer on tap & even though the play on the pitch wasn’t the prettiest at times we still came up with the 3pts. 2-1 win Goals from Sterling  & Sturridge. The Henderson pass to Sterling for the 1st goal was a beauty! Take A Look! New signings Lovren & Manquillo started while Rickie Lambert came of the bench. One surprise was not seeing new signing Emre Can get the start or get subbed on. Should see him & new signing Alberto Moreno next week v City.
After the match the festivities continued as our chairman Nile accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was issued by Indy Spurs.
LFC Indy ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: http://youtu.be/axfhe0_IHsM

Here is an action shot of the water coming out of the buckets. Great job catching that shot Jim!

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Overall it was a great morning & great way to kick off the season. Very happy with the crowd that showed up. Hope to see that amount & more each week.

As you may have seen online we did submit the paperwork to LFC to become an Official Supporters Club. We blew away the numbers we we’re expecting to get. Great job. LFC reviews new applications in October. Should hear of we are approved around the start of the year it is sounding like.
If you haven’t yet got your LFC membership don’t fret you still can. Please get that membership number sent to us so we can add you to the overall list. If you are one of the Indy Reds who has an LFC membership you will get first chance to pre order the Supporters club scarves we will get this year. They will sell out. Still deciding on the amount we will order 50/75/100. Since they will be the inaugural scarf they will be a little more limited & a hot item. They will be $20. Part of that amount will be used to donate to either a charity or community organization or youth sports team.  Once pre order time opens up we will have a PayPal account set up to pay for them before we order.

The long wait till next Monday starts. Never fun to play then, seems like forever between match weeks. Remember UJ’S is the place to be on each match day. If you ever see someone out on town with LFC gear on remind them or if you see on any social media outlets remember to steer people there. Thank you so much for helping us grow so fast & organize over this last year. It is very impressive what we’ve done in such a short amount of time and the size of our city. You should be proud.  Look forward to seeing everyone at the matches this year.

Final thoughts: Would be fun to get maybe a Go Pro camera or something like that at a match this year to record the excitement after a goal at UJ’S. That place erupts. So if anyone has one of those comment below or get in contact with us.
Also we need to set up a get together non LFC/UJ’S related. Maybe another tailgate at Indy Eleven match or big BBQ/fire with some beer tasting. Any ideas?  Comment below.
We also had a request for a Facebook group that would be separate from the Facebook page that would allow more of an ease for you Indy Reds to post things to for discussion/events/comments etc.

I hope this post turns out ok. I did it from my phone (We’ll see how smart you are smart phone)

-YNWA-
Nile