Liverpool vs AS Roma, Friendly: Preview And Open Thread

Liverpool vs Roma, Today at 6:30 pm ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/

With just over a week until their first competitive match of the 2012-2013 campaign in the Europa League, the boys in red cloth from Merseyside will clash with AS Roma in Massachusetts‘ capital. Charlie Adam said that everything in camp was meant to build up to the fixture on August 2. The Reds started their North American tour in Cambridge, MA, at Harvard’s Ohiri Field, before flying to Toronto, where they would take on the city’s MLS outfit. Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge at one of England’s most storied clubs ended in disappointment, for mainstream supporters, as the side failed to produce tiki-taka football in their 1-1 draw with Toronto.

Liverpool FC arrived back to their base practicing Monday in front of an avid crowd. Just a day before their match at Fenway Park, a squad with England internationals present, trained on the home field of their FSG partner, the Boston Red Sox.

Just two summers ago, Celtic and Sporting Lisbon played to a draw, broken only by post-match penalties. With the hoops of Scotland occupying the stadium’s third baseline and the Lisbon supporters directly across in the bleachers, the atmosphere was wonderful. Tonight’s match will certainly match that as Liverpool boast a strong Boston following, while Roma, also owned by Americans, will be down the road from Beantown’s version of Italy, the North End.

The English side announced a partnership with United States car giant Chevrolet at Boston’s hallowed ground yesterday. Owners John Henry and Tom Werner were on hand for the announcement alongside Mayor Thomas Menino, manager Brendan Rodgers, as well as Euro 2012 teammates Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard. This new business venture with the company, known best for its NASCAR vehicles, marks another LFC connection with the States after Fenway Sports Group ditched adidas for US lacrosse’s go-to manufacturers Warrior.

Serie A’s AS Roma have spent their days in Massachusetts at Harvard’s prestigious cross-town counterparts nearby the city’s Kendall Square at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dozens of the Wolves’ VIP members met their beloved team during one of the training sessions proceeding the team‘s trip from Illinois.

American Michael Bradley, who joined Roma during the summer, impressed in the Italian side’s 4-0 demolition of Poland’s Zaglebie Lubin. The match, which took place at Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field, saw the 2010 World Cup star contribute to Roma goals just minutes away from his hometown. Son of Bob Bradley, who is currently in charge of Egypt’s national side, Michael Bradley must prove himself among the likes of Francesco Totti to gain a spot in the first team, as the US international is yet to make the cut for Luis Enrique’s replacement, Zdenek Zeman of the Czech Republic.

At the age of 24, the central midfielder has played in the top flights of England, Germany, and the Netherlands. Following a 35 match stint with Chievo, the ex-MetroStar is set to embark on a new phase in his career, which has appropriately began in his native land.

Watch for Liverpool Football Club to experiment. Rodgers pledged to playing one XI per half in Canada, as he looks to adjust the side to a 4-3-3, which Jay Spearing spoke to EPL Talk about last week.

Raheem Sterling was a bright spot for the side in transition. The 17 year old has speed, skill, and pace, which he showed in a cameo appearance for the club against Wigan Athletic a few months ago, in addition to his time on the pitch last Saturday.

The new manager’s first signing, Fabio Borini, has reached his new club at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Rodgers’ former Swansea player has cut short his summer vacation to join his new employer in the USA. From being around the Liverpool camp last week, there is considerable buzz surrounding the Italian, though few of the team’s footballers have witnessed the striker in action.

Come 6:30 EST, under the lights at Fenway Park, Liverpool Football Club will play their 1984 European Cup rivals in what promises to be a special, electrifying and passionate environment, overlooked by the most breathtaking skyline on the eastern seaboard.

Before, during and after today’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

33 thoughts on “Liverpool vs AS Roma, Friendly: Preview And Open Thread”

  1. Hello EPL Talk Readers,

    I am in the press box at Fenway Park right now. Liverpool’s team bus arrived 15 minutes ago and the coaching staffs are getting equipment onto the pitch for pre-game paces.

    There is a large crowd roaming about historic Yawkey Way, while Merseyside red is flooding America’s most beloved ball park..

    Fenway’s Ground Crew is wetting a flawless pitch with an hour and five minutes until kick-off.

    Stay here for in-game updates, and, of course, feel free to join the conversation.

  2. Gerrard, Johnson, and Carroll are out of the squad tonight, along with the rest of the England internationals.

    Liverpool’s starting lineup is as follows, along with subs.

    Liverpool: Gulacsi, McLaughlin, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique, Spearing, Shelvey, Aquilani, Cole, Eccleston, Sterling.

    Subs: Jones, Agger, Flanagan, Adam, Suso, Morgan, Pacheco, Sama, Wilson, Lucas, Adorjan, Ward, Smith, Wisdom, Ibe.

    Led by Gulacsi, the LFC keepers have made their way onto the pitch.

  3. The squads have made their way onto the field.

    Grass has been laid between third and second base, and nearly spans to first, with the third baseline being covered in its entirety. Liverpool supporters have set up a Boston Kop in center field.

    For football fans in Boston, it doesn’t get any better than this.

    Gorgeous night at the ballpark. Sunny, merely skim clouds in the sky, that will certainly burn off as the evening progresses, with the temperature hovering in the upper 70s.

    Perfect night for football.

  4. Roma’s XI:

    Lobont, Rosi, Bradley, Osualdo, Totti, Tadazi, Pjanic, Lopez, Burdisso, Castan, Paniagotis

    Bench: Svedkauskas, Valdes, Henize, Marquinho, Lattela, Krkic, Ronagnol, Lucca, Florenzi, Verre

    Liverpool’s England internationals have strolled by their supporters to their bench, as the pre-match ceremony commences. Two blimp-esque balloons are at the middle of the pitch, as the ground crew puts the finishing touches on the makeshift field.

  5. Beforee the teams come out on the field, YNWA has blared out over the intercom, with a ground of red with scarves in the air, chanting ‘Liverpool’ as the two XI’s enter the battlefield.

  6. Hey, look at this! An underperforming and vastly overpaid sports team takes the field at Fenway Park and for once it is not the Boston Red Sox!

    Sorry, Red Sox and LFC – I have no antipathy for either of you. I just wanted to be the first in with that obvious joke.

  7. It’s absolutely breathtaking stuff from the home of John Henry’s newest child. Carragher and Totti have exchanged pennants and we’re set for the start of this historic match.

  8. Minutes in, Liverpool have been on the attack, with Shelvey chipping the ball towards goal. Aqua found Eccleston and the Reds chipped the ball around the box. Certainly, Rodgers’ team is dominating possession early in their 4-3-3-3

  9. Liverpool have played brilliant ball to the swift Sterling out wide. Roma had a chance, which was cleared away by the Reds’ defense.

    Michael Bradley got possession on the attacking right for Roma, but knocked the ball out of play.

    Roma just had a breakaway after a defensive error for LFC, but failed to convert.

    10 minutes gone 0-0

  10. Cole uses a nice skill move on the touchline to keep the ball in play. Osulado’s twisting run in teh box was unsuccessful, after a curled shot by Raheem Sterling was stopped by Lobont.

    18 minutes: 0-0

  11. Shelvey has taken the game into his own hands. After a darting run into the box, with a shot on target, Jonjo made a fool of the Roma defense, before finding Eccleston, whose shot curled out of bounds.

    Bradley has picked up his game, linking up with wing back Rosi down the right.

    22 minutes: 0-0

  12. Totti looks to be in better shape maybe dropped a few pounds and i do not like the numbers on the LFC kit prefer blocked numbers.

  13. The Aquaman played a lovely chip to Joe Cole who, from 18 yards, chipped Loban, but the ball popped off the top of the bar, and out of play

    34 minutes: 0-0

  14. Sterling’s velvet touch led to a driven cross. Eccleston and Cole missed the low ball. Shelvey took a few too many touches at the top of the 18 and his shot was saved by Lobant.

    ‘Liverpool’ cheer ringing throughout the ground for the first time tonight.

    43 minutes: 0-0

  15. Halftime at Fenway Park. Liverpool have been consistent. Rodgers’ team has played ‘normal’ football, banging long balls down the right towards Joe Cole and Eccleston. Player of the half in Jonjo Shelvey. The LFC youngster has been intelligent. Francesco Totti has wandered around the midfield for Roma alongside American Michael Bradley.

    Sterling another bright spot for the Reds, but he has not seen much of the ball.

    Osualdo, Cole, and Shelvey had the best chances of the half, with the goalkeepers playing extremely well.

    The pitch is being drenched by the Grounds Crew here, with sprinklers raining on the turf.

    With the lights on, it’s Liverpool 0-0 Roma.

    Stay here for updates throughout the second half.

  16. The second half is underway. Agger has come on for Liverpool, along with Flanagan, Suso, Adam, Pacheco and Jones, as well as Morgan. Jones got lucky on a stop that was deflected, after an errand pass from Shelvey.

    50 minutes: 0-0

  17. Shelvey is shooting on sight for Liverpool. Suso has looked great for the first 8 minutes of the second half. Liverpool are attacking the center field bleaches, which sit in front of the Boston skyline, while Roma are attacking the third baseline.

    54 minutes: 0-0

  18. Adam wins a free kick form inside 30 yards. He rolled the dead ball to Shelvey, who sent a cracker by the right post. Still scoreless, but the FSG owned side has dominated the opening of the 2nd half.

    57 minutes: 0-0

  19. Bradley slides a through ball to Aleandro, who has streaked down the right throughout the match. His shot is blasted over the bar from the elbow of the 6 yard box.

    Flanagan does well to win the ball from Roma’s right back, but his cross was high for Shelvey who heads hit over the bar.

    Suso does well to find Spearing, who fires high.



    On: Wilson, Sama, Lucas, Adjoran

    Off: Adam, Enrique, Spearing, Shelvey,

  20. GOAL: 63 minutes gone, Michael Bradley strikes for Roma after receiving a gorgeous ball in teh box, which he finished off of the far post. Cheers of ‘USA, USA, USA’ come from the supporters.

    64 minutes: Roma 1-0 LFC

  21. Pacheo bombs toward goal coming form eh left, his cross is knocked out of play for a corner, which is launched to the opposite touchline by the Spaniard.

    67 minutes: Roma 1-0 LFC

  22. Heinze has been cautioned. Italian press cheer the Roma

    Beautiful stuff from Roma. Aleandro runs down teh right, before Barca like play at the arc takes over and Forenzi hammers home the cross missed by Jones.

    70 minutes: Roma 2-0 Liverpool

  23. It’s dreadful stuff by Merseysiders after the Roma goals. The Reds look tedious at the back. Frustration is setting in for this young team now.

    Roma Sub:

    On: Marquinho

    Off: Osualdo

    78 minutes: Roma 2-0 LFC

  24. Charlie Adam has scored a stunner from the left hand side of the box, about 17 yards out. It’s brilliant from the #26 and the Fenway Faithful are loving it.

    80 minutes: Roma 2-1 LFC

  25. Roma’s driven cross has it the post and bounced out of impossibly. Roma supporters are loud and clear. Fasten your seat belts folks. Flano and Suso have teamed up down the right leading to a goal kick with minutes to go.

    87 minutes: Roma 2-LFC 1

  26. Liverpool launch one late barrage, but Roma hang on to win.

    Final: Roma 2-1 Liverpool Fc

    Stay with EPL Talk tomorrow for wall-to-wall coverage of the match, including coverage of the press conference.

    Thank you for following the thread, and have a fantastic evening watching the MLS All-Stars face Chelsea.


    Alex Fairchild

  27. Thanks Fairchild,

    I was there, it was a good night. I don’t think Fenway realized how many LFC supporters there are out there. By my kit count the fan tally was 80% LFC, 15% Roma and 5%.

    Question: Can someone tell me why you would wear a non Roma/Liverpool jersey to this event? Seems like profound douchebagery

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