Liverpool ECL Return: Roller Coaster Start

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“Five years is a long time, probably too long,” Brendan Rodgers said at Monday’s pre-match press conference.

After an extremely disappointing loss to Aston Villa at Anfield over the weekend, this week was the long awaited return for Liverpool to the European Champions League. Five years have passed since the midweek felt this good for a Liverpool fan.

“We want to be at the elite level and the Champions League is that,” said Rodgers

Hopping onto Twitter on Tuesday, former Liverpool player Luis Garcia summed up most Liverpool fan’s emotions from morning until match end on Tuesday in three consecutive tweets.

“Morning everybody. Champions League is Back at Anfield!”
Tuesday Liverpool’s long awaited return to the European Champions League was a roller coaster of emotions as Ludogorets proved quite a difficult puzzle for Brendan Rodgers to solve. Here you had five time champions of Europe at home at Anfield, going deep into the second half before scoring the first goal.

“#Sangriasong at Anfield… The goals are coming!!!”
The game seemed to be destined for a draw or heartbreaking 1-0 match when Mario Balotelli opened his account for LFC with his first goal on the Kop end. Like in every movie, you never take your finger off the trigger when standing over an adversary. Liverpool’s joy was silenced when Ludogorets equalized when Abalo was able to take advantage of Simon Mignolet off his line.

“Get in theeeeere!!!!! Those are captain Fantastic moments.
Thankfully you cannot stop fate, as a last minute mistake by Ludogorets keeper Milan Borjan’s stoppage time foul on Javier Manquillo drew the penalty needed for Gerrard to slot home his 40th European goal matters at the end of the match… results. After the match, Gerrard reached out to the fans and Balotelli on his Instagram account with these match and candid photos congratulating Balotelli on his first LFC goal.

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From Luis Garcia to Steven Gerrard, engaging on social media is an awesome way to follow your favorite Liverpool players and fans. Even catch a glimpse of candid images we would never normally see. We are celebrating the result, but the ECL tournament continues. If LFC played like this against Ludogorets, how do you think there chances are against Real Madrid when they face each other? Especially after Real Madrid just dropped 5-1 against Basel. Liverpool has a lot of work to do. But as we all know… this match is over, time to move forward. #WeGoAgain What do you think LFC’s chances are of getting out of their group? Let us know at the Anfield Shop via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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These Are The International Breaks

Liverpool FC was ready to take the momentum from last month’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham, but a week of International duty has LFC fans moaning what happened this past week. I know it was for Euro 2016 qualifiers and to represent England is a great honor, so it is not something that is going away. As much as I was loving International football over the summer with World Cup, this past week reminded me of why I loathe the International break.

The Good…

Danny Welbeck was grateful to be on the field with Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert, as opposed to the times he’s lined up against them for Arsenal. England over Switzerland in Basel 2-0. Sterling was brilliant. He threatened to score twice and had a sweet assist from the left to the Gunners’ Danny Welbeck in the 58th. Lambert was brought on for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in the 90th and displayed great vision by finding Welbeck in stoppage time with a clever through ball.

The Bad…

Some might be thinking that Roy Hodgson may still be holding some kind of grudge after losing the post at Anfield after two of our key players got injured under his watch. (I know it is not entirely Hodgson’s fault, but let me rant here… haha.) When reports of Henderson Jordon receiving a knock and limping off with an ankle injury on Sunday hit the wire, Liverpool fans already dealing with Daniel Sturridge’s injury last week were asking, “What next?” That was all before Hendo featured a full 90 in his England duties. So it wasn’t completely bad.

The Ugly

The injury that Sturridge received last Friday in training will keep him out for up to three weeks. Certainly missing this weekend’s match versus Aston Villa, Liverpool’s return to the Champion’s League next week, Sturridge is now in a race to get his hamstring fit in time for the derby versus Everton. Ugly indeed.

Do you think Liverpool will be able to handle the next few weeks without Sturridge? Pressure is almost certainly on Mario Balotelli to help with the goals tally over the next few weeks. Let us know at the Anfield Shop via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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You’ll Never Drive Alone With LFC Car Accessories

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It is starting to happen with more frequency, but you know that feeling you get when you see a Liverpool FC jersey walking down the street or through town? Let’s make that happen on our freeways, highways and city streets. The Anfield Shop just received a new selection of LFC Car Accessories.  We have a wide selection of Liverpool FC air fresheners, bumper stickers, decals, license plate frames and even a baby on board sign if you have a new LFC fan to the world.

This is of course in addition to our existing stock of LFC Car Accessories like magnets and stickers. Show your support of Liverpool FC on your local highways and byways. You’ll get the supportive smiles from your LFC family wherever you go. Granted you may get a few Arsenal, Chelsea, Citeh or United fans high beaming or cutting you off.

We have Tottenham tomorrow. Where are you going to be watching the match? The pub? Your house on the couch? Maybe rolling over to grab the remote and flipping on the television from your bed. Here in San Diego, we’ll be knocking down bangers, mash and beers at Princess Pub in Little Italy as always. Wherever you are, have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone. Here’s to three points against Tottenham. So stoked to see Super Mario line up on the pitch. Do you think he scores in his debut? I do. On Sunday… we go again.

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Patches: ProS, SenC & the Champions League

We’ve received a lot of inquiries about patches and lettering on the jerseys this year so we figured we’d help explain what’s available from the shop and what’s not.

ProS: This is the type of material that all of the Premier League player-worn patches, numbers, and letters are made of.  It’s a plastic/vinyl feel as opposed to the last decade when it’s been the SenC (aka felt feel).  We carry the entire ProS line at the shop so if you get a jersey and add patches or a name/number this is what we add.  You wear what the players wear.

SenC (aka ‘felt’): This was what the players wore on the field up until the 2013/2014 season.  It has been discontinued.  The main LFC club shops had it on offer until December 2013 when they ran out of stock and switched over.

Champions League patches: UEFA has established partners that they deal with on all things Champions League.  The bad news is that they have only selected one company to carry these patches in the US (for all teams).

Champions League lettering: The club has decided to only have the Official LFC Champions League lettering available through the main club stores this season.

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Balotelli Has Arrived As Rodgers 9th Signing

Super Mario is officially with Liverpool. After a £16million transfer… welcome to the club… number 45. Mario Balotelli.

“This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here,” said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport.

Liverpool could have used him on the pitch instead of the stands after their 3-1 loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Balotelli’s arrival at LFC still has the club buzzing with optimism going into this season’s campaign.

“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake,” Balotelli said in an LFC statement. “I wanted to go to Italy, but I realized it was a mistake.”

Balotelli received a hero’s welcome when he arrived with the squad.

I didn’t expect it because I’ve always been playing against Liverpool,” Balotelli explained. “Whenever I played against Liverpool, the fans weren’t nice with me but that’s normal – it’s football! Now that I play for Liverpool, I can see the expectation in people. They’re very happy and that makes me very happy at the same time.”

Have you welcomed Mario Balotelli to Liverpool yet? Hit him up on Twitter at @FinallyMario

Do you think Balotelli gives Liverpool enough depth and attacking options for the league and Champions League campaigns? Has Super Mario gotten LFC over the tipping point? Let us know. Post your answers on social media, tag @anfieldshop & @anfieldshopblog and use the #AnfieldShop to engage with us online.

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What LFC Learned Versus Southampton

One thing that Daniel Sturridge’s match winner against Southampton in the 79th at Anfield is that Liverpool needs another striker before the transfer window closes. You have to give it up to Sturridge, who has scored 36 goals in 50 appearances for his side. However, if it was not for the 88th minute brilliant save by Simon Miglonet with Morgan Schneiderlin’s shot on target, LFC fans would be worrying about this a lot more. Maybe everyone at Anfield was worried too. I may have been the television at 5:30AM in California, but it was the quietest I remember hearing the Kop. That was echoed by the Southampton fans chanting, “Is this a library… Is this a library… Is this a library…”

Liverpool fans need to have confidence that their squad is intimidating to not just the league, but Europe as well. If they can’t shake the nerves of Southampton, how do you think they will fare against Real Madrid, or if fate is in the cards… Barcelona. The addition of Rickie Lambert was a solid move to shore up the attack, but not a solution to losing the goal power of the guy who went to Barcelona. The extra competition and level of play expected from the squad with European Champions League football this season means adding ferocity to the attack, is priority number one before the window closes on September 1st.

Jordan Henderson’s curling through ball for Raheem Sterling’s goal was a thing of beauty. Sterling has mighty big shoes to fill if he is to fill the other shoe to Sutrridge’s SAS. So who would you like to see here at Anfield? Samuel Eto’o, Radamel Falcao, Marco Reus… but an interesting late transfer is on the horizon with Mario “Why always me?” Balotelli. One thing is for certain, Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want a repeat of missed chances in this transfer window. He has stated his intention on bringing in another striker. Only he and his tight circle knows who might arrive to help boost LFC’s campaign in not only the European Champions League, but get the monkey of Liverpool’s back and bring the title back to Anfield.

Liverpool fans, we at the Anfield Shop wants to know what you think? Which of these players are your hopeful signing before September? Are there any other strikers out there that you would rather see? Enage with us. Post your photos on social media, tag @anfieldshop and use the #AnfieldShop to engage with us online.

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It’s Liverpool’s Season To Believe

After Liverpool handled Borussia Dormund 4-0 in their final preseason match I am excited for the season. We are only days away from the EPL kickoff and the energy behind this season is palpable. Our captain Steven Gerrard will rally Liverpool onto the pitch with the same leadership we have all grown to love. He has lifted many trophies in his career. But we all know the one that escapes his personal C.V. The Premiership Title.

Pundits are starting to question how Liverpool can cope with the loss of top scorer to Barcelona. Brendan Rodgers was a busy man in the transfer window as he brought in a lot of new faces to help fortify his campaign this season. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren in the Southampton raid. Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen, Lazar Markovic from Benfica and now Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid. Divock Origi will continue to develop another year at Lille.

Of course with the incoming, some of our players are playing on other squads to get some playing time while others have have moved on. We all know where Suarez went. With Simon Miglonet in goal, Pepe Reina transfered to Germany with Bayern Munich. Connor Coady is now with Huddersfield Town. Luis Alberto is on loan in Malaga, while Iago Aspas is on loan to Sevilla.  Andre Wisdom and Brad Smith are loaned out to West Brom and Swindon Town respectively. Liverpool also released Michael Ngoo, Stephen Sama.

Liverpool’s core still remains the same. If you look at the team that challenged Manchester City to the title last year we still have Daniel Agger, Philippe Coutinho, Jose Enrique, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Martin Skrtel Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure.

Of course this brings us to Steven Gerrard. If there was a storybook ending to this man’s career, this is the season to do it. This is the season to believe. Liverpool can win the title this year. Liverpool was not able to do it for Jamie Carragher, but we must for Steven Gerrard. God is on our side… literally Robbie Fowler is with us again as a Liverpool FC Ambassador. The season is upon us. We go again. This time, we take the league.

I feel it this season. Do you, the Liverpool faithful… believe that this season we will win the league? We are back in the Champions League. Are you ready for that? What do you think our chances are this season? Where do you think we’ll finish. Which signing is the next piece in the foundation of Liverpool?  Anfield Shop wants to know what you think? Enage with us. Post your photos on social media, tag @anfieldshop and use the #AnfieldShop to engage with us online.

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Liverpool Squares Off Against Manchester United In Miami

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This may be a preseason tournament for Liverpool and Manchester United, but there is no such thing as a friendly between these two sides. Liverpool is competing for their first piece of silverware as they are set to face Manchester United in Miami, Florida today in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Brendan Rodgers recognizes lining up against that side down the road, is never to be taken lightly.

“It’s more than football. It’s life,” Rodgers explained. “It is two cities, not very far apart, but historically they have always been huge rivals. It’s arguably the biggest game in the world and for it to be here in the United States is wonderful for the supporters and the organizers. They are the two biggest clubs in Britain and two of the biggest in the world so it will be a fantastic game and we are looking forward to it.”

Liverpool and Manchester supporters are always fired up when these two sides collide. Less than two weeks separate us from the start of the EPL season. What a way to prepare us for this upcoming campaign. Which ever team wins here, will get a head start on momentum going into the season.

“Not many of these games are friendly,” said Rodgers. “You saw the Manchester City game was competitive. Top players see every game as a competition. There are never too many friendlies playing for Liverpool.”

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