Name: Anna Enriquez
City / State: Houston, TX
Job: Publicity and Promotions Intern
Why did you pick Liverpool as your team?
I watched the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in some hotel room in Rome. After watching the traveling Kop boost and inspire the team to victory on May 25, 2005, I realised that Liverpool was the club I wanted to be a part of. Just hearing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ like that gave me goose bumps. It may seem like a cheesy answer, but I am a cheesy person.
What’s your earliest LFC memory?
Other than watching the Istanbul match, I had FIFA 98 Road to the World Cup for Nintendo 64. I played as England a lot on game and Steven Gerrard was in there somewhere and I thought he had a cool name, so I played with him a lot. I didn’t pay much attention to the Premier League at eight years old but the name stuck in my head and came back around in 2005.
Who was your first LFC hero and why?
Xabi Alonso. I loved watching him on the pitch. Those passes… And who could forget those own-half goals? He’s still one of my favourite footballers to this day.
What is your favourite LFC memory?
The 2012 Summer Tour in the US. Almost got my head taken off by one of Charlie Adam’s attempts at goal at Fenway, met Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and had the pleasure of meeting and drinking with different LFC supporters not just from the States, but from other countries and Liverpool, of course.
Who has been your favourite Liverpool manager and why?
I’ve only experienced four managers in my time as a supporter, so out of those four, Rafa Benitez. He ended up bringing in one of my players to put on the famous Red Shirt and I usually enjoyed how he dealt with the press. Though Brendan Rodgers is coming in as a close second. Just seeing the current squad playing the way they are at home right now is just phenomenal and watching his goal celebrations is fun.
What has been your lowest point supporting Liverpool?
The Hicks and Gillett era. Not too much to be said there, yeah?
Have you ever been to Anfield?
Yes, but not for a match. I actually flew into Liverpool the day after Gerrard’s Merseyside derby hat trick in 2012. Just toured Anfield and visited the museum. Hoping to go back to Liverpool and actually attend a match in March 2015.
Where were you while we were in Istanbul?
In some hotel room in Rome watching the final because I was too young to go out at the time.
Do Liverpool have a passionate fan base in your state?
I would think so. There are OLSCs in three cities (Houston, Austin, and Dallas) and one group that I know of coming to fruition (San Antonio). I’ve seen the growth of the Houston OLSC and it’s just amazing.
Which team are considered Liverpool’s biggest rivals in America?
For the Americans, I feel like the big ones are Man United and Chelsea. When you talk to the ex-pats, it’s definitely Everton.
Where do you go online to follow news about LFC?
I follow The Redmen TV, The Anfield Wrap, and The Bib Theorists.
Do you also support a local team?
We had an ice hockey team called the Houston Aeros that I enjoyed following, but they moved to Iowa. I’ll usually dabble and check in on the other Houston sports teams like the Dynamo, Texans, and Rockets (and soon enough, the Dash) but I don’t support them as much as I do with Liverpool.
Who is your favourite current player and why?
Jon Flanagan. It’s been fun watching him come from the Academy and into the first team. You have no idea how much I celebrated when he scored his first goal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Some of the Houston LFC supporters can back me on that one. When Flano isn’t on the pitch, my next favourite is Jordan Henderson.
If you could meet anyone connected to Liverpool FC – past or present – who would it be and why?
Bob Paisley. I’ve read/heard so many entertaining stories about him and would just love to talk to him/ I wonder what he would think about the current state of the club.
What makes you most proud to be a Liverpool supporter?
How incredibly passionate, knowledgeable and friendly the supporters are.
Finally, what does ‘the Liverpool way’ mean to you?
Being dedicated and respectful towards the club and crest, as well as sticking with the club no matter how hard times are.