BY THE NUMBERS: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (A)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates the second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Who:Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Where: Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)

When:Monday 20th August, 12:00 PT

Where Can I Watch? http://NBCSports.com, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (Stream)

NBCSN (TV/Cable/Satellite)

LFCTV GO, Palace PlayerHD Live, SiriusXM FC, TalkSport Radio World (Radio/Audio Stream)

Liverpool will look to maintain their form and perfect record as they travel down to Selhurst Park on Monday to play Crystal Palace for a 12:00 PT Kick off.

Be prepared for the game by the numbers:

1:Sadio Mane is the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive opening top-flight fixtures since the legendary John Barnes between 1989-90 and 1991-92

4:Liverpool opened their 2018/19 Premier League campaign scoring four goals past West Ham. With three points and a +4 goal difference, Liverpool head into game week 2 top of the table. Early days, but great start.

6:In their last six encounters with Crystal Palace, Liverpool hold a record 5-0-1. Overall in all-time meetings, Liverpool’s record is 27-14-11.

10:A supereb performance from Sadio Mane seen the Senegalese forward notch a brace on opening day in his new number No. 10 shirt. Mane received No. 19 when he was signed by the club from Southampton in Summer 2016, and opted for a change this year grabbing the No. 10 jersey.

17:Crystal Palace’s No. 17, and Former Liverpool player Christian Benteke will likely start against the reds on Monday evening.

1938: The first ever game between Liverpool and Crystal Palace took place on 8th January 1938, in the FA Cup 3rd round. The game finished 0-0, with Liverpool winning the second leg 3-1. Goals came from John Shafto and Willie Fagan.

Players unavailable: Lovren (Injured), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured)

Predicted Lineup:Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Welcome James Doig to the team!

 

The 1980s: the rise of the City, and fall of the unions, economic recession led to high unemployment, and Liverpool FC was thepowerhouse in European football. Dominating every competition – winning two European cups, six league titles, two FA cups and four League cups – the city of Liverpool stamped its’ clubs name across silverware and record books for over a decade. The one man who never fails to remind me of this is my dad, Norman. Telling tales of his adventures across the terraces, he was there to see the goals from Rush and Aldridge and the sublime plays from King Kenny Dalglish. Those were his mid-20s, when he followed the Reds game-to-game, city-to-city, and country-to-country.

In 1994, I was born just down the road from the Anfield in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. At six years old, I was sat beside big Norman in the KOP for my first game. It didn’t take long after that before we had our own season tickets. November 30, 2003 was the first game I vaguely remember. The seasoned Sami and Didi with the young Steven Gerrard brushing aside Birmingham 3-1. Since that day, I have been watching and following the Reds week-in week-out.

Lads like Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard inspired my own football career, beginning with kicking a footie off the garage of our house in Speke. At 12, my football started to become more serious and demanding. My dad and I would jump in his work van and drive across Liverpool and the county to play for teams such as Liverpool Schoolboys and Tranmere Rovers. While this new schedule didn’t lessen our dedication to the reds, as we would still follow them on the television and radio, it became increasingly harder to get to games, and the season tickets were passed on. Poor Norman got stuck watching me instead of Gerrard, but I always said, you’re better off watching me than paying to watch Igor Biscan!

Once I had been loaned out across the Evo-Stick football league, I knew it was time to reconsider football and life in general. The Evo-Stick is the where the grass is past your knees and tackles are ruthless. At risk of sounding cliché, I was a teenager with a fading dream ofplaying, wanting to know what else there was out there for me. After a random call from an old friend, the opportunity to come to the United States to play soccer and study at university presented itself – but I’ll be honest, the football is the real reason I came. After receiving several scholarship offers from schools across many different states, I knocked it down to three schools that displayed a history of football success. It was during this research that I was sitting beside my dad and came across Quinnipiac’s football motto: You’ll Never Walk Alone. It didn’t take much more than that, and soon after I was on the plane the Hamden, Connecticut to play football… and read some books on the side!

*Here is where I will begin referring to football as soccer*

When I joined the team in May 2013, I was pleased to discover I wasn’t the only Liverpool fan on the roster. There were 2 or 3 lads who were Reds too, Borja Angoita from Spain, Simon Hinde from Australia, and Ryan Scheiderman from New Jersey. The reason I say 2 or 3 is because I’m not certain Ryan was actually a fan or if he just panicked when I put him on the spot. By the time I graduated Quinnipiac University in 2018, half of the team from all corners of the globe were following the Reds avidly  – a feat that would make any scouser proud, especially big Norm.

During Christmas periods at university, I would return home to Liverpool to see family, friends and go watch the games at Anfield. With a few close friends and family working for the club, I usually got to sit in the players’ lounge over the holidays, and while this was a lovely spectacle, nothing beats the KOP.  (Having said that, the 3-course-meal does beat the 20 quid pie and coke from the stands!) Just before my return to Hamden, I would pack shirts, scarves and and other sorts of memorabilia to share with friends at University, a quick and foolproof method to continue growing the fan base! As Dirk Kuyt once said, adopted scousers.

Since coming to the States, the way I follow the Liverpool has changed. I no longer get to watch the reds at Anfield with dad, but I still watch every game… in class, in the library, at 7:00am Sunday morning, it is guaranteed that I’m watching. After traveling across town, across England, and now across the Atlantic Ocean to play the sport I love, the one thing that has stuck with me and motivated me no matter what roster I was on is Liverpool’s motto. This whole piece is a long introduction for these short four words, but I have noticed that through several hardships, recently more than ever, You’ll Never Walk Alone has been a steadfast mainstay in my life.

Having recruited many an American to become a Kopite, I knew the motto, explained the motto and referred to the motto in several situations, but only recently discovered the full effect it has had on me. After graduating university with my undergrad in Communications and Masters in Interactive Media, I began the job hunt. Moving from one visa to another, searching from company to company for a good fit for my skillset, and realizing, after living here in the US for over five years now, how  many lasting relationships I have made, I felt the pressure of my next move.

But, in typical Doig fashion, in the midst of interviews and stressing about deportation, I cleared my schedule for the final Liverpool Champions League game. I got the bus down to New Haven to join the New Haven Liverpool Supporters Club at Chrsity’s bar. The game came and went, and while the outcome still hurts, it was one Scouser and one Red Geordie comforting that sparked an opportunity for my future. After explaining my situation, I was put in touch with two other members of the New Haven Club, asking how they could help – and ending their email signature with YNWA. The guys at Liverpool New Haven Group knew my situation, and, as any Kopite would understand and ensure, I was not left to walk alone. They quickly circulated my resume and before I knew it I was in contact with every stateside Red. At least, it felt like it. From having spent years telling people about the motto and the meaning behind it, I now I have experienced it first hand for myself, and it means more to me now than it ever has before.

I look forward to working with The Anfiled Shop, and this piece is a testament to the strength of our Red family.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

-James

 

Want to hang out? Join us in Charlotte & NYC!

We’re hitting the road and bringing new merch and exclusives for 3 events.  Two are going to be supporting the club’s Legends events in NYC and Charlotte.

The other is a pretty fun insider event with none other than Charlotte’s Wilson’s World who will be hosting a Block Party on the Sunday before the ICC match in Charlotte.

We’d love to meet you and say hello and get your feedback on all things Liverpool, the shop and more.  We are excited to see some familiar faces as well.

And to those in Michigan – we won’t see you this time around but we promise to see you soon!

Allez Allez Allez! April HQ + Shop Report

Hello all!  I’m writing this just after midnight after today’s 5-2 win in the Champions League at Anfield.  A blistering start but somewhat of a mixed victory as conceding late is never ideal.  Our thoughts are with Alex and hope to hear some good news on his injury.

We were so excited to see so many customers of the shop make the trip over to Anfield and share their photos of the scenes outside the stadium.

 

Shop News:

  • Home short-sleeve jerseys are sold out.  We are hoping to get more of the L/S in but New Balance has told us that they are out and do not have any production runs presently scheduled to make more.
  • New 2018/19 Home Jersey and Training range are being added to the shop as the new pieces are released for pre-order.
  • We’re going to cut off the Anfield Box 8 ordering on May 1st.  This is a good one.
  • The tour: We are looking to host an event this summer at one or more tour stops.  We are working with the club on the best way to do this and to make sure it fits and fans won’t have to choose between us and player events (choose the players.  Always choose the players).  More details coming soon.

Up the Reds,

Alisha

The Making of the Liverpool FC Dream Scene

Here is the most unique way to learn about the history of this truly global Football club. The Liverpool FC Dream Scene.
For their 125th Anniversary Liverpool Football Club have created something truly magical. The Club officially commissioned internationally renowned sports artist Jamie Cooper, to create an artwork that captured the essence and spirit of the club. It was conceived and created in Melbourne Australia, where Cooper is based, transported across the world for the official unveiling at Anfield and is now available to Reds fans in the United States for the first time.
The iconic 10ft x 3.5ft oil on canvas captures 19 of the most significant figures that have shaped the Club’s rich history. It is as if a time-machine has gone back through the eras gathering Reds legends, bringing them into today’s dressing room. Players spanning several generations live and breathe together in what is surely every Kopite’s dream come true. Woven into this impossible but believable image are also many stories that have become part of club folklore. The players are positioned in certain ways to relay several significant moments and deeds from their careers both on and off the field.
It was created over 12 month from 100s of separate player headshot photographs and live models to sit in position to create this magical moment in time
37 x 17 inch Fine Art lithographs on 300gsm quality art paper have been superbly reproduced from the original artwork and are available for fans to hang on their wall. Each print comes with a 13 page color booklet explaining the many stories contained within this Dressing room of Dreams.
The Artist is already famous in the U.S. for similar Dream Scene paintings of the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and the Greatest All Stars.
This is surely the perfect way to learn about the history of this great club on such a significant milestone.

What is the Anfield Box anyway? Find out here.

Welcome to January!  In addition to all of the transfer window craziness that is going on (hello Virgil) the team here at the shop is hard at work organizing and planning for 2018 in addition to finishing development of the 7th Anfield Box, a quarterly subscription box for Liverpool FC fans.

As passionate fans of LFC, this box is a dream come true.  We rely on subscribers, the club, licensees around the globe and more to get all of the elements to come together to form each box.  With no other company currently making a licensed subscription box for a Premier League team we certainly evolve and learn from previous boxes.  Our goal is to always keep pushing the contents and focus on providing the best user experience possible.  Being a Liverpool fan in North America is unique and we want the box to reflect that.

Back in November on the eve of Anfield Box 6, owner Alisha Weiss gave an interview with Facebook group USA Kop on what goes in to making this exclusive and limited edition product.  We’ve copied and pasted the transcript below.

Also – feel free to check out an independent review of the Anfield Box 6 from a site that reviews all sorts of subscription boxes called “My Subscription Addiction“.

Q: How did the idea of the Anfield Box come about?
A: It was an idea that sort of bounced around for a while but we didn’t really know what to do with it. We pitched it to the club since it was going to be an Official Product and they went for it. We thought it’d be pretty small and then it sold out our first run in something like 8 hours. No professional sports team – let alone a small shop in the States for an English soccer team – was doing a subscription box when we started. It was exciting and scary. Exciting because it was a blank slate and there wasn’t really a rulebook to follow but scary for the same reasons.

Q: How far in advance do you start working on it?
A: For each box it’s about 3-9 months in advance. Certain items can take up to a year to be planned for production so we have to sometimes take a risk on getting an item in work to make sure we can include it.

Q: What’s been your favorite item in the box so far?
A: That’s a tough one! Probably the sound module for “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on the most recent box. It was about a month to work on the publishing rights to include it which was not something we knew how to do. It originally was just a question I asked to myself – ‘how do you capture that buzz about the start of the season?’. I’ve read so many player biographies and they always talk about that sort of anticipation before a match and then you walk on the pitch and hear the song sung by tens of thousands. Opening the Anfield Box is kind of like that. You have no idea what’s inside so rather than get that visual surprise we wanted you to hear something. People posted their reactions on twitter and Instagram and just to see their pure joy was unbelievable. I just love making customers happy.

Q: How did Jamie Carragher get involved?
A: We received feedback from folks that they wanted a big ticket item. That’s what is so great about subscribers – they love talking about the box. So we had about a dozen ideas of things we could include but again it came down to thinking about what we value as fans – the legends and the family feel of the club. Jamie started a fantastic charity in Liverpool called the 23 Foundation which is run by two of the best people I’ve ever met and from there we just developed the idea of a personalized poster. Again – such an amazing response and hopefully something people value and appreciate since Jamie is an absolute legend.

Q: What is the hardest part about working on the box?
A: We make them too heavy! Postage costs are hard to control when we want to stuff as much into it as possible.

Q: What’s next for the November Anfield Box?
A: I can’t give away too much but this is by far the BIGGEST Anfield Box we’ve ever done. It’s a challenge to never repeat things since this could be a subscriber’s 6th box so we are stuffing it with more exclusives. Those are my favorite – being able to create something completely from scratch. We want to offer things that you can’t buy.

Q: Where can people find out more?
A: Theanfieldbox.com is the signup place and has some FAQ’s and photos of previous boxes. The next box ships mid-November and the cutoff was today but we’ll hold it for a couple more days if anyone else wants to sign up.

Photo credit for Anfield Box display courtesy of mysubscriptionaddiction.com

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5 Winter Essentials for any LFC Fan

Over the last seven years we’ve seen a lot of great Liverpool FC merchandise introduced and we tend to get asked what our favorite items are.  So we’ve compiled a list to help out those who are looking for a little shopping inspiration or who definitely want to give a great gift for the LFC fan in your life.

1. Premium Raschel Blanket.  There are blankets and then there are extremely soft blankets.  This is the latter.  We designed this blanket in-house as we wanted something that could fit in any room but also have the crest nice and large.  I’m currently wrapped up in it right now as I write this post.  It’s extremely large at 50″ x 60″ and perfect for home, camping and more.

 

 

 

2. Mohamed Salah Jersey: We’ve got the best player in the league and introduced a special edition of the jersey featuring arabic lettering that has been quite popular.  This year’s jersey has a special badge celebrating the 125th anniversary and is one of our favorite New Balance jerseys.

 

 

 

3. 125th Anniversary Box Set & Tie: We’re big fans of tie and cufflink box sets.  If you have to wear something more formal what’s better than in a classic red tie and paired cufflinks?  Like the above this item features the 125th Anniversary badge which makes it even more special.

 

 

4. Black inlaid license plate frame: Shameless plug: We designed this license plate frame and we love it.  A lot.  It’s on all of our cars and the black has a little bit of an understated look to it but the quality is top-notch and it’s one of our favorite items in the shop.

 

 


5. Calgary Beanie: ’47 makes incredible headwear products and this calgary beanie is no exception.  It’s so warm but doesn’t itch like less-quality beanies.  Perfect for the snowy days or even just bad hair days.

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7 goals on a Tuesday and other great Liverpool things…

Champions League matches are a bit of a treat for North American fans.  We can suddenly enjoy ‘long lunches’ or perhaps a planned appointment to tune in to our favorite team.  As with any game sometimes there are highs and sometimes lows – but today wasn’t any ordinary day. No, today Liverpool dominated Slovenia’s Maribor and finished their away leg 7-0 victors.  Multiple players scored a brace including Firmino and Salah.

In the spirit of all things amazing on a Tuesday we’re proud to announce the latest release at the shop – an exclusive poster print with the majority of the proceeds to be donated to the Liverpool FC Foundation.

Many stateside fans will recognize the LFCF as it has conducted clinics and events on the club’s stateside tours.  We’ve been able to help with some fundraising in the past but got this idea to create something based on an image that you’d want to stare at all day and thanks to design genius and fellow fan Carlos Oliva we have something that is a perfect addition to any Liverpool fan’s wall.

The poster ships unframed and in a separate protective cardboard tube.

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