FeatureWe Love You Liverpool: Meet Official LFC Supporters Club... Bangladesh
Liverpool FC has more than 300 Official LFC Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) across 100 countries worldwide.
The Reds' fanbase is famous for its passion and loyalty, cheering on both Jürgen Klopp and Matt Beard's squads whether on Merseyside or watching from afar.
Our We Love You Liverpool feature aims to bring supporters closer together to learn more about each other wherever they are based around the globe.
Whether in the UK and Republic of Ireland, on Merseyside itself, in North or South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or elsewhere, fans provide the very foundations that the club is built on.
Here, we meet OLSC Bangladesh…
Tell us about OLSC Bangladesh…
OLSC Bangladesh has been the pioneering community for all Liverpool fans in Bangladesh since its inception in 2011. We came into being when a young Bangladeshi fan named Rodella Chowdhury decided to bring the entire Liverpool fan community together under one digital umbrella. She opened a Facebook group which started with a handful of members but then quickly bloomed to a dedicated community of over thousands of members.
In 2013, OLSC Bangladesh became the first ever fan community in this country to be officially recognised by a European football team. Currently we have a huge digital presence with a Facebook page that has around 8,000 followers and more active members in the dedicated Facebook group as well as on both Instagram and Twitter.
How special is it to have a feel of 'Liverpool' despite being in Bangladesh?
They say home doesn't refer to a place but can be the people and the memories that you make. While Anfield is Liverpool's home, our community plays a vital role in making everyone feel welcome and creating an atmosphere that makes OLSC Bangladesh a home away from home for the Liverpool fans in this country. It's this sense of unity, togetherness and spirit to never give up no matter what that makes OLSC Bangladesh a great community to be a part of.
Do you hold any special events throughout the season, or meet-ups for games?
Every year OLSC Bangladesh organises fan events and meet-ups both during the season and during breaks. Matchday meets for weekend games are a common sight, while special large-scale screenings are also hosted for derby matches and finals. Liverpool FC's official sponsor Standard Chartered also hosts several community engagement events here, which allowed fans to interact with LFC legends like John Barnes, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and hopefully many more to come in the future. Another fan favourite is our annual football tournament called Clash of the Kopites (also known as COTK). All these events make OLSC Bangladesh an incredibly vibrant and engaging community.
What is so unique about being a Liverpool supporter for your members?
I feel like no other football club is as well connected with its fans as Liverpool, which ends up providing the members of OLSC Bangladesh an unparalleled experience of feeling very close to the club that they all support so passionately. The togetherness of this community is what keeps everyone together, no matter how difficult the times are.
Why do you think Liverpool fans – no matter where they are from around the world – are so passionate and loyal to the club?
Liverpool FC as a club doesn't just represent a successful football team, it represents certain ideals and values that have been upheld by the greats, from the likes of Shankly and Paisley to Klopp now. These values are something that resonates with Liverpool fans from all across the globe, making them one of the, if not the, most passionate and loyal fanbase in the world.
Has the OLSC ever visited Anfield?
Quite a number of OLSC Bangladesh members have visited Anfield over the years, with some of them even visiting this season. I had the chance to visit Anfield during the summer break back in 2018 and also got to see Liverpool live during the pre-season game in Thailand last summer. My favourite memory was the open training session, which took place the day before. When I called out Alisson's name, he responded by waving back at me. Hopefully I can now fulfil my lifelong dream of watching Liverpool play at Anfield and tick that one off my bucket list soon.
Finally, is there anything else you'd like to mention?
Being an OLSC for the last nine years we have had our fair share of highs and lows. The lowest point came in 2021, when a Facebook glitch resulted in our original Liverpool FC Supporters of Bangladesh group being deleted. For over two months we tried day and night to recover that group, which had close to 5,000 devoted Liverpool fans. Eventually we took the decision to create a new Facebook group for OLSC Bangladesh named All Red Bangladesh, which now acts as our home.
The heartwarming part of this story is about how quickly the community came together to bring things back to the way they were before. Within 48 hours of opening the new group, we managed to recoup most of the previous members. Although the memories and contents were lost, we demonstrated our community's strength and unity, which we feel is something to be proud of and truly portrays what You'll Never Walk Alone means.
Name: OLSC Bangladesh
Nickname: All Reds Bangladesh
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh