Liverpool Announce Friendly vs. AS Roma at Fenway Park

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

Liverpooll FC manager Brendan Rodgers takes questions from reporters as captain Steven Gerrard, center, and teammate defender Glen Johnson, right, look on during a news conference at Fenway Park baseball stadium, in Boston, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Liverpool are to play Roma in a friendly soccer game at Fenway Park on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Liverpool will once again make their pre-season trip to Boston this summer, and it has been announced that fans from across the pond can look forward to the Reds lining up against Roma on July 23.

It's the second time in as many years that the two clubs will face off in a Fenway Park friendly, recreated in homage to the 1984 European Cup final in Rome, per the club's official website.

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Liverpool won that fixture 4-2 on penalties after the sides had failed to produce a winner in normal time, drawing 1-1.

The BBC's Matt Slater was drawn to commend the quality of the newly announced meeting:

The last time these two teams faced off at the home of the Boston Red Sox, the ground was packed to its 32,000-seat capacity, showing precisely what a large attraction an event like this is for the American audience.

Liverpool communications director Billy Hogan delves into just why the clubs have decided to re-stage the match once again, per the club's website:

We are pleased to announce the latest leg of our pre-season tour, which takes us back to Boston. This fixture gives thousands of fans in and around New England the chance to see Liverpool play.

I distinctly remember the atmosphere at the game two years ago. It was incredible. The singing from the fans made Fenway Park feel like Anfield for the night.

The most pertinent common denominator between Liverpool and their Fenway hosts is of course their sharing of owner John W. Henry, eager to build up the relationship between his two giant sport franchises.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner goes on to heap further praise on the quality of the match:

Liverpool FC and AS Roma are two of the most highly regarded clubs in all of football and we're thrilled to welcome them back to Boston and showcase some of the world's top talent playing the 'Beautiful Game' right here on the pitch at Fenway Park.

The atmosphere at their first Fenway match was electric and with both clubs' passionate supporters, tremendous worldwide following and strong ties to the city, the rematch is sure to be memorable.

The meeting with the Giallorossi will be the first match of the Reds' United States tour, which is swiftly followed up by outings against Olympiacos, Manchester City and Milan as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.

This will be Liverpool's third-consecutive pre-season trip to America, with sell-out crowds assuredly expected for the occasion once again.