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Elvis, pyros & one big party – Liverpool’s US fans laud “best pre-season tour ever”

Liverpool recently enjoyed a three-stop tour of the United States and were greeted with a sea of American Reds oozing with passion for the club.

The Reds’ summer plans included a trip to the US for the second successive year where they took in the sights of South Bend, Indiana, Boston and New York as they faced off against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP respectively.

And everywhere Jurgen Klopp‘s side travelled there were tens of thousands of Liverpool supporters anxiously awaiting their arrival.

While the trip formed part of an intense period of training for the season ahead, importantly for fans on the other side of the world it posed as a rare chance to see their team in action.

It allowed scores of fans to congregate and share their passion with like-minded people all the while creating memories which will last a lifetime.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Sunday, July 21, 2019: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp on a lap of honour to greet the supporters after a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And that thought is not far from Klopp’s mind as he spoke to Liverpool.com of his appreciation for American fans:

“We have to show up from time to time to our fans in America because they rarely have a chance to see us live. And if they want to watch us on the television, they usually have to be up really early.

“So it’s good that we can show up for them.

[…]

“We’ve heard some funny stories. A couple from Toronto, who were pretty busy, have flown over to see us. That’s nice. Elvis Presley was there at training in Boston! All kinds of people. I like that, it’s no problem.”

Despite enduring scorching temperatures, fans were more than willing to sing, dance, release pyros and celebrate at any opportune moment – and it earned them the appreciation of the Liverpool squad.

And although Liverpool failed to register a win during their time across the Atlantic, the result did not determine the levels of enjoyment as scenes across social media showed.

 

South Bend, Notre Dame

The first stop of Liverpool’s tour saw them make their way to Indiana as they faced off against familiar foe in Borussia Dortmund.

Prior to kick-off fans had scarves aloft and pyros at the ready as they belted out ‘Allez Allez Allez’, led by none other than Jamie Webster:

While both Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster found themselves on the scoresheet, the Reds ultimately fell to a 3-2 defeat, but it did not stop this pair from enjoying the occasion:

 

Boston, Fenway Park

Next for Klopp’s side was a trip to Boston, the home of the club’s owners, and home to the House of Blues which saw fans spill onto the streets to continue the party atmosphere the night before Sevilla game.

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Allez Allez Allez’ rung out and the experience helped make it the “best pre-season tour” for one fan:

The game itself at Fenway Park saw people of all ages get in on the action:

 

New York, Yankee Stadium

The last of stop on the tour saw Reds descend on the ‘Big Apple’ and despite being packed like sardines in a hot subway station, fans were still in fine voice:

Others found a different mode of transportation to the game in the form of an open-top bus where any passerby on the way to the stadium was left in no doubt as to who was the club of choice.

While Carragher’s Bar was also the point of destination for a party:

The Reds broke their mini pre-season losing streak with a 2-2 draw against Sporting CP, and fans were overjoyed when Divock Origi – who proved to be a popular figure throughout the tour, no surprises why – found the net:

The scenes throughout Liverpool’s US tour again highlights the role the club plays in so many lives and how, regardless of where you live, the level of passion holds true.

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