LFC US Tour, Third Kit & Suarez

Liverpool FC, LFC, BostonDoes anyone else have a football hangover with the conclusion of this World Cup? Don’t you know the best cure for a football hangover is… yup you guessed it, more football.

Oh When The Reds…Go Marching In…
Liverpool FC is coming to the states in less than two weeks to kick off their preseason International Champions Cup tour of the United States with a match at the iconic Fenway Park in Boston, MA on July 23rd. It will be a rematch against Roma, who had bested them at their debut in Boston a couple years back. From there, LFC will match up against Olympiacos at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the 27th. On July 30th, LFC will play league champions Manchester City at the house that Steinbrener built, Yankee Stadium, closing out their summer tour in Charlotte, NC at Bank of America Stadium against AC Milan on August 2nd.

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Warrior Releases LFC’s 3rd Kit
On July 7th, we finally caught a glimpse of the 3rd kit we would be wearing during our first Champions League campaign in a few years. Liverpool fan favorite and Champions League hero Luis Garcia had this to say about our 3rd kit.

“I love the way this shirt looks,” said Garcia. “The red collar on the black shirt gives it a very stylish look and as always, Warrior has incorporated the best material and details to keep players comfortable whilst playing.”

I love the new kits. Being an San Diego State University Alumni, I can easily see myself rocking the new kit at the Aztecs games… and if fate smiles upon me, when I make it to Anfield Road. What do you think of the new kits ladies and gentlemen? Let us know on social media, either via twitter or on Facebook.

Gerrard Bids Farewell to Luis Suarez on Instagram

With Luis Suarez headed to Barcelona, he has left all of us Liverpool FC faithful split on his departure. Our captain Steven Gerrard had these parting words to honor his former teammate on a post via Instagram

“On an emotional day for me would just like to say what a pleasure it has been playing with an amazing talent such as Luis. I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution on the pitch during his time @liverpoolfc and to wish him and his family all the best on his new adventure in Spain. #lfclegend”

One thing to keep in mind, it was Suarez’s masterful season last year that helped LFC get over the hump and shake the Champions League monkey off our back. Many of us are wondering what could have been, had SAS remained intact. It was amazing to watch such masterful football from Suarez, I will miss the Kop singing the familiar Depeche Mode melodies when number 7 took over the game. At this moment, I stand by my captain thanking Luis for his service and now on to the next season. No player is bigger than the club. It’ll be interesting to see what the LFC brass has planned for that pretty penny we received for Suarez. So far we have Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can… and this just in… Lazar Markovic.

What are your thoughts on this year’s World Cup? What do you think of the new 3rd kits? Any thoughts on Luis Suarez, or better yet… how we should spend the money to shore up our starting 11? Let us know on social media wither via Facebook or Twitter.

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Reina’s First World Cup Cap & Four LFC Players Advance

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Pepe Reina’s First World Cup Cap
In Group B’s final round, our former keeper Pepe Reina received his first World Cup cap when Vincente del Bosque gave him the nod. Surprisingly this was the first time Reina had to man the posts during World Cup play, even though he had 32 international caps cruising into his 33rd. Reina posted a clean sheet with a 3-0 Spain victory over Australia in Curitiba, displaying why he has been old reliable not only for Napoli this past season, but over his tenure with Liverpool FC.

“It is the dream of any player to play in a World Cup,” said Reina on the Liverpool website.

“…I fulfilled a dream, which was to play in a World Cup. Despite the team being eliminated I have the personal satisfaction of having played and having done so with a win.”

Reina is still under contract to Liverpool until 2016, as he returns to Anfield after Napoli failed to throw down the money to keep him.

“I don’t know about my future. I want to be calm about it and there are people who are working on that. I have two years left on my Liverpool contract and the situation is the same as a month ago.

“I’ve not spoken to Rodgers and I don’t know what they think but I have a contract and in the end that is what counts. I have to join up with Liverpool and there’s nothing more I can do.”

Four LFC Players in the Knockout Round
The 2014 FIFA World Cup could still be lifted by a LFC player. Going into the knockout stages, Liverpool still has four players that can lift the World Cup Simon Mignolet of Belgium, Mamadou Sakho of France and of course Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez of Uruguay.

Where Are You Watching the FIFA World Cup?
Monday through Friday, I’ve been watching the World Cup matches at the office… reacting a little too loud to my smartphone screen. More than the regular work day would warrant. Tomorrow I’ll be watching the US take on ‘Ze Germans’ and Ronaldo +10 play Ghana at the OC Tavern in San Clemente, CA. Let us know at The Anfield Shop on Social Media, where you’ve been watching the World Cup this year? Anfield Shop wants to know.

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Are You Following Gerrard on Instagram?

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Steven Gerrard Officially Joins Instagram

On June 3rd, Liverpool FC’s 122nd birthday, captain Steven Gerrard officially joined the social media sphere with his first post on Instagram. Pictured above in between recent Anfield signing Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge, he released his first official post:

“Hello to everyone from Miami, my first official Instagram post. Nice to share it with fellow Reds @dstudge and Rickie Lambert, I’m delighted he’ll be with us next season. Also happy 122nd birthday to LFC!”

You can follow him at @stevengerrard on Instagram, all throughout Brazil. Following Gerrard on social media gives you a candid glimpse into the life, along side a close look at the preparation for World Cup in Brazil, along with great shots of his England and LFC teammates. England starts their World Cup campaign with a match versus Italy on June 14, with Uruguay (facing Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez) and Costa Rica.

We are only days away from the start of the World Cup in Brazil. I love club football, but we can all agree that the World Cup bring a whole new energy to the pub. Let us know at The Anfield Shop on Social Media, who do you think will lift the World Cup this year?

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Brazil Bound: Liverpool FC Players Headed to World Cup

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Philippe Coutinho was snubbed for Brazil's World Cup, but we all know he should be on that squad.

“My heart it gets so heavy, at the end of May…”

The Die Toten Hosen lyrics typically place where my heart is come June. Not this year though… in 2014, Liverpool FC has a total of 12 players representing their country in Brazil. Most pundits are reporting 10, but they’re forgetting… we just signed Ricky Lambert and don’t for get a Liverpool favorite on loan in Italy.

With all these lads headed to South America… it isn’t too far fetched that we could see a Liverpool FC player lift the World Cup. Easy money is on the home town favorite in Brazil, although they did snub Philippe Coutinho (which was hard to believe, taking a look at his season). I say it’s still never a bad bet to bet in Uruguay… as we all know Luis Suarez is capable of magic. Perhaps this is England’s year? By my blood lines, I am cheering along side our former starting keeper Pepe Reina and Spain.

Lift your pint glasses. Cheers to our men headed to Brazil. Safe travels. But first and foremost… Stay HEALTHY for the love of all that is holy! I love the World Cup… but I personally fall under the school of Club over Country. Like I said earlier, if you cut me… I bleed Liverpool FC.

Bring home the World Cup one of you!

  1. Sebastian Coates (Uruguay)
  2. Steven Gerrard (England)
  3. Jordan Henderson (England)
  4. Glen Johnson  (England)
  5. Rickie Lambert  (England)
  6. Simon Mignolet (Belgium)
  7. Pepe Reina (Spain)
  8. Mamadou Sakho (France)
  9. Raheem Sterling  (England)
  10. Daniel Sturridge (England)
  11. Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
  12. Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)

We’ll see you guys in Brazil. Do you have your World Cup brackets filled out yet? Who do you think will win the FIFA World Cup 2014. Let us know on Social Media:

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Gerrard’s Birthday and Rodgers Extends Contract

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Happy Birthday Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard… Liverpool FC and England national team captain turns 34 this past week.  Gerrard has 173 a total of 669 appearances, was the inspiration and Champions League winning captain in 2005 against AC Milan, acquired almost every honor over the 15 years in the first team, and was even awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2006. Only one prize left evading Gerrard. The Premier League title. After last season’s campaign, we can all hope that the league title is on the horizon for our skipper.

Brendan Rodgers Signs Contract Extention

“I am both humbled and privileged to be offered the chance to extend my stay at this great club,” said Brendan Rodgers.

The contract extension until 2018 comes after the 41 year old Northern Irishman led Liverpool back into the Champions League and second in the EPL behind league champions Manchester City. Rodgers had won the League Managers Association manager of the year.

“I am very happy to build on the foundations we have built over the last two years.”

“Now we move onto the next phase which I believe will be as exciting, challenging and rewarding,” John Henry and chairman Tom Werner, in a joint statement.

“We place our trust in Brendan to deliver the vision we share for Liverpool Football Club.”

“Brendan is at the heart of what we, as an ownership group, are trying to achieve on the pitch.”

“This season has reaffirmed everyone’s belief that we can bring football success to Liverpool and we are all committed to working together to achieve that. Players and supporters have made it clear how important Brendan is to our success and so to have him commit to us for the long term is a great boost for everyone.”

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Where Were You When Liverpool Won It Five Times?

Gerrard Raises the 2005 Champions League Trophy after a legendary comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul

Gerrard Raises the 2005 Champions League Trophy after a legendary comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul

Today is the nine year anniversary of Liverpool FC’s triumphant come from behind victory against the heavily stacked Italian side AC Milan. On May 25th, 2005, ‘in Istanbul… we won it 5 times.’

Do you remember where you were that day? Were you at the pub? Were you following the updates online? Were you watching at home? I was at work, so I had to record the match. All I had to do was avoid all news websites, social media and texts and phone calls from my friends, in order to watch the Champions League final on tape delay. The results were already in the books by the time I got home and pressed play. I remember that day so vividly, I can retell the story like a DVR.

The game had not even reached the first minute when only 52 seconds in, Paolo Maldini netted the fastest goal ever scored in a UEFA Champions League Final. Two more shots to the heart landed via Hernan Crespo. LFC was down 0-3. Rafa Benitez and our lads dug down deep. I can still see our talismanic Steven Gerrard pretty much will the ball into the goal in the 54th.

Vladimir Smicer gave us hope by scoring two minutes later. We knew we were witnessing magic when in the 60th minute, Xabi Alonso hit the equalizer with a rebound shot after Dida saved the shot from the penalty spot. Liverpool in the span of six minutes, Liverpool was level. We had stunned not only Carlos Ancelotti and AC Milan, but the world. They played the remaining 30 minutes and stoppage time. They played to the 120th minute in a goalless extra time battle.

The energy watching this match was unworldly. I was sitting on the edge of my couch with complete tunnel vision. This was amazing. Momentum was on our side. Destiny was in our corner. The penalty shootout was next. There was a part of me that was still uneasy leading up to the shoot out, but I could not place my finger on it.

In 2005, I had received my first DVR. I had the foresight to add a little bit of extra time to the DVR, in the event that match went to extra time. I was glad I did. Dida versus Jerzy Dudek, this was going to be epic. Just as the penalty shootout was about to start, my DVR stopped playing the match, and the screen froze. The recording was over. The ‘Would you like to save or erase’ menu popped up.

I screamed bloody murder at the top off my lungs.

I had given ample room on the DVR to watch AC Milan and Liverpool battle the 120+ minutes on the pitch. What I did not take into consideration was the possibility of penalties. Since this was 2005, ESPN and FSC were not replaying the match highlights at the time I got back from work. I had to call my friend to describe what happened. After he stopped laughing at me, his description of the shootout sent chills through my spine. I could still vicariously feel the energy of the match as he described Dudek’s heroics. I have never made the mistake of allowing DVR space for extra time, penalties and post game match reports.

Now I know (…and knowing is have the battle. G.I. Joe!). One thing we all know, is we became champions of Europe that day. So where were you on May 25th, 2005? Feel free to share your stories with us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you would love to relive the match with your own personal copy, we do have the Champions of Europe 2005 DVD and the 2005 Champions League Final & Season Review DVD available at the Anfield Shop.

 

 

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What We Learned In Ireland

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Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez sporting the new Liverpool FC 2014-2015 away kit from Warrior Football. #DEMAND

Earlier this month we caught another glimpse of the depth building at Liverpool when the squad took a trip to Ireland and dismantled Shamrock Rovers at Aviva Stadium 4-0. Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Jack Dunn all fired into the goal. We also caught our first glimpse of the new away kit that Liverpool Football Club will be wearing in the 2014-2015 season.

The #DEMAND campaign has started.  The Liverpool FC kit is a classic yellow, with red crest, logos and trim. Warrior Football has no doubt looked back through the LFC archives and film reels, catching that LFC lifts silverware when they sport a yellow away kit. Think back to 2001. But do not just take my word for it, take the word God instead.

“The one I like which is very similar to this one is when I came back in 2007,” said God, our own Robbie Fowler.

“If you think back to when we were successful and when we were winning trophies, you always think of yellow kits.”

We are all seeing the commanding image of LFC captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez proudly wearing the form fitting kit.

Suarez, Golf Swings and Spaniards

Speaking of Suarez, that day also put a little water on the transfer coals regarding this off season, when pertaining to leaving Liverpool for a specific team. Sky Sports had brought up Barcelona and Real Madrid in an interview with Suarez. His reply calmed the nerves of the Liverpool faithful, as we are all fearing the moment Spain splashes cash on us at Merseyside.

“I don’t want to answer that,” said Suarez. “I try to avoid press speculation.”

“I know what I want and what my agent says is good for me, but I don’t want to comment on speculation.”

“I didn’t sign any contract with clauses prioritizing a certain team.”

Suarez still has not said he will not leave… However, after the magic of last season. He would be hard pressed to leave the team before they reach their full potential. We are playing Champions League football, aiming for the Six Pack. We are pushed for the title down the stretch, in what was supposed to be another rebuilding season. As long as Brendan Rodgers fills in the squad in properly, I’m sure we will still be singing to the tune of Depeche Mode when Suarez hits the pitch next campaign.

A couple days ago we also saw the retirement of former LFC forward, Craig Bellamy. Thank you for the memories Bellamy. His time on the starting 11 may have been short with Liverpool, but I always admired his fearless tenacity on and off the pitch. I think we all did. Well not John Arne Riise… Fore! (Sorry… I couldn’t resist).

Next season’s end, it will mark the ten year mark of Liverpool FC’s triumph in Istanbul over AC Milan. Our old friend Xabi Alonso was there, and he has been in the news recently, spreading the love as he recalled playing for Liverpool, Champions League 2005 and the magic of the Anfield. Some are even speculating a return to the Merseyside for Alonso. Imagine next season’s campaign; Champions League football, and Alonso back in red. Anything is possible this summer. ”Anything is possible!!!”

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Liverpool and Manchester: A Tale of Two Cities


Liverpool and Manchester: A Tale of Two Cities

by Randy Villarba

T’was the best of times, t’was the worst of times… it was the age of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, it was the age of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. We had everything before us at the end of the season, we had nothing before us at the beginning. We were all going direct to a heaven we have not seen in 24 years, we were all going direct the other way.  In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest Kopites insisted on its being received. For Liverpool or for Manchester, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

It was a season that made us dream. A few weeks back, Liverpool FC fans thought we were going to win the league. Anfield was a choir of blind confidence and faith. We felt the emotion, the energy… After 24 years, on the anniversary of Hillsborough, everything was supposed to be lining up. But now… down the road at Manchester, they are singing songs about winning the title.

When LFC dropped the ball, City took it to the box and scored. Many of the pundits have blamed that slip against Chelsea. Others the stumble with Crystal Palace down the stretch. You could rewind the tape to the Christmas gift we gave Hull. I blame no one. Even though we did not win the league, this season was still a success. The trophy may be vaulted down the road, and the songs of the other city may reign this off season. But at least it isn’t being celebrated at Old Trafford. Congratulations to Manchester City… we will see you in New York this summer at Yankee Stadium. Liverpool FC hits the United States in a Summer pre-season tour with matches in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago and NYC for the International Champions Cup.

Brendan Rodgers was awarded the League Managers Association’s Manager of the Year Award for guiding LFC to second. Luis Suarez is, and remains a solid foundation to the Liverpool squad. The support of the fans, manager and players behind him have pretty much put the fire out on his preseason desires to force LFC out of his contract. Add Daniel Sturridge into the fold and we watched the birth of one of the most prolific duos in the game today in SAS. We are a legitimate contender for the title next season, no question.

Finishing second in league means we overachieved the aim for fourth. We are Champions League bound ladies and gents. We may have not lifted the title… but we did raise our confidence and expectations. We are not aiming for 4th place next year. We are aiming for silverware. We are aiming for trophies. We are aiming to win the league. This season Liverpool got its swagger back. We go again next season. We are Liverpool tra la la la la…

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Randy Villarba
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