Monthly Archives: October 2014

Liverpool Faces Real Challenge

The midweek Champions League 0-3 trouncing of Liverpool at Anfield by Real Madrid was certainly the litmus test letting us know exactly how the LFC squad measures up. The reigning champions of Europe marched right into Anfield and only needed 45 minutes to prove their point, underlined by three clinical goals. The applause that Christiano Ronaldo received for his masterful display when was substituted, was Anfield’s tip of the cap to the better side that day. It has been a rough month for Liverpool and our place in the Premier League table as well as in our ECL group shows the uphill battle LFC now has before them.

Real Madrid now sits on top while Liverpool sits in third place in Group B behind PFC Ludogorets Razgrad due to goal differential. All three teams under Madrid, including FC Basel 1893 only have 3 points through one round of Champions League play. All is not lost, as long as LFC gets results in their next go around with Group B, especially against Basel and Ludogorets. Social media went into a panic after the Real Madrid game. While a lot of the points raised from the posts and tweets were arguably valid, one thing Liverpool fans need to take into perspective is be grateful that we are finally included in the discussion about Champions League football. Things could be worse… we could be Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspurs on the outside looking in.

Speaking of Manchester United, we are currently sitting right on top of them on the EPL table. So all is not lost. It is a long season, with plenty of time to right the ship. While catching the juggernaut that Chelsea FC is this season seems like a reach, finishing in the top four at campaign’s end is still an attainable goal. Not only attainable, but a gauge of a successful season or not for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. To not be in the Champions League football equation next season would not only be a major disappointment, but may weigh heavy into considering the future of Steven Gerrard with Liverpool.

Plus the panic that everyone is starting to have about the EPL campaign is a little premature. We are sitting above United and are currently out of the top 4 only by goal differential as we sit tied with West Ham on points. Granted Chelsea is 9 points clear, but let’s not split hairs here. As soon as Liverpool pushes to the top half of the top four, then we can start the discussion on what needs to happen to catch up with Jose Mourinho and the lads at Chelsea.

The eventual return of Daniel Sturridge will boost LFC’s goal scoring ability, and hopefully in turn finally open Mario Balotelli‘s Premier League goal scoring account. The transfer window is right around the corner, and Rodgers and company are well aware of the gaping holes in depth that Liverpool have. I’m optimistic. You should be too. “At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky.”

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Sing Loud LFC! Daniel Sturridge Returns! REVISED: Oh Wait… One More Month

(This article was written before the announcement that Daniel Sturridge will be out another month with a calf strain…. ughhh… I apologize getting excited about Sturridge’s return. I have revised the article with the new injury update. His injury was my fault for celebrating too soon… or Roy Hodgson’s… I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.)

Sing his name so it echoes off the rafters of the stadium, pub or living room you are catching this weekend’s match at, Daniel Sturridge rises again. The possible return of Liverpool striker Sturridge against Queen Park Rangers tomorrow is like rolling out the muscle car you have been working on for weeks to cherry out. LFC took the new Sturridge led team for a run around the practice track… it had to be towed back in the garage for a calf injury.

Hopefully Sturridge’s eventual return is the final piece to the goal scoring engine that LFC needs to return back to their title challenging form. Liverpool fans feel like the title bus has been sitting parked in the garage since last season, and are ready to get back to the goal scoring confidence and attractive football we were all getting used to seeing from our boys.

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“We’ll have to see where he is at tomorrow and go from there,” Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers said to reporters.

“He’s been out a long time, nearly six weeks.”

“Daniel has made us a real threat and when you take him out of the team the model of your game is different,” said Rodgers.

“But when he is playing he is one of the top European strikers. It’s important for him to be playing games.”

Sadly, Sturridge is not going to be back for some time. We were hoping that the return of our main hitman would free up Mario Balotelli, so he can break his Premier League duck. Balotelli has scored in the Champions League, but not in the EPL. It will be a rough go, as recent reports in the last hour now say Sturridge will be out for another month, after suffering a calf strain in his first session back since his thigh injury.

“If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play,” Balotelli said in Sport Magazine.

“But I am working, and I can see already that the Liverpool fans really like me, although I know that maybe they are a little upset because I don’t score. I see they appreciate that I am working hard, though,which is nice for me.”

The roller coaster of the international break is over. Let’s leave the Roy Hodgson discussion for the next time our boys report to international duty. Tomorrow… against QPR… #WeGoAgain

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LFC’s International Break: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Liverpool is once again on an international break as the European Qualifiers are here. The Anfield Shop wants to keep you up to date with how our Reds are doing as they report for international duties.

The Good…
Rickie Lambert cheered his Liverpool teammates from the bench as Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling were all on the pitch for England’s 5-0 dismantling of San Marino. All three Reds had a strong showing on the field. Better yet, they survived injury free. Speaking of injuries, Daniel Sturridge was reported to be back at the training grounds at Melwood. Not a moment too soon, as Liverpool could really use his goals right about now.

The Bad…
Sturridge’s thigh injury under Hodgson’s watch last international break has us all on edge when our boys aren’t with Brendan Rodgers. Having to deal with Hodgson’s use of Liverpool keeps LFC fans on edge, especially as Hodgson lashed back out at Rodgers’ critiques of the use of his players earlier this week.

“I need to win games, just as he does,” said Hodgson. “I need my best players. He (Sterling) has played quite a lot but there must be six or seven who have played as many minutes. I do not expect managers to tell me whether players should be selected, no more than I would dream of telling them who to pick.”

The Ugly…
Is there no end to the injuries? As frequent as the injury bug has hit Liverpool, the international breaks always make me nervous for moments just like these. Dejan Lovren is down, adding to Liverpool’s already dwindled back line. Early reports were that Lovren had suffered an injury in training with Croatia for their upcoming European qualifiers.

Sky Sports was reporting that according to the Croatian Football Fedration, a statement on the CFF website read: “During training on Wednesday, Lovren felt pain in the abdominal wall… Igor Boric (a specialist) at St Catherine Hospital showed there was a tear and he will not be ready for performances in Sofia and Osijek.”

Take an injured roll call… Joe Allen, Emre Can, Jon Flanagan, Dejan Lovren, Mahmadou Sahko, Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool players seem to be dropping like flies. It is all about the next man up, as when you are competing against the best in Europe… there are no breaks. After the English Premier league matches return against Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool will have to face Real Madrid.

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Top 10 LFC Merchandise Suggestions

I know the 2014-2015 Liverpool campaign has started pretty rough out of the gate, for the EPL, League Cup, and after today’s match… you can include the European Champions League into that slow start. But we stand by our team and pick each other up when the times are tough. We are Liverpool. Chin up. We are still second in our group in the ECL. We have seen rougher days than this. This team has given us many reasons to smile and I am sure more are around the corner.

Something that always gives a Liverpool fan a smile, is when they see another Liverpool fan showing their support of LFC. When you see a Liverpool crest as you’re at the grocery store… or driving down the road and see a bumper sticker, you feel that common thread that ties us all together like family. We here at The Anfield Shop have 10 LFC items to show your solidarity behind the squad.

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1. Official Liverpool FC Baby Home Kit Bodysuits

You might as well start them young. We could always use more supporters for LFC’s choir of supporters. This Official Liverpool FC Baby Home Kit Bodysuits 2 pack comes with both home and away kits for your little LFC fans.

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2. Official Liverpool FC Jumbo Tag Mug

Whether you are getting your day started at home or having that refresher coffee or tea at the office, you might as well make a statement of who you support with a Liverpool FC Jumbo Tag Mug so everyone knows who you support.

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3. Official Liverpool FC Money Clip

Instead of carrying around that bulky wallet, simplify while making a sleek and elegant statement with this Official Liverpool FC Money Clip. Not too flashy, stainless steel with LFC and the bird engraved.

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4. Official Liverpool FC Victory Nylon Wallet

Ok… so you are not the money clip type. We got you. The Anfield Shop has an Official Liverpool FC Victory Nylon Wallet. It fastens together with a snap button and even has a zipper pocket to keep things extra secure.

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5. Official Liverpool FC 12-Pack Drinks Cooler

If you are headed over to a friend’s house for the match, out to a tailgate, beach or park and you need to keep your beer and beverages cold, you might as well pick up this Liverpool FC 12-Pack Drinks Cooler. It also works well for keeping groceries cool when you run errands across town.

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6. Official Liverpool FC Slugger Pullover Hoodie

Some of those AM games are cold on the way to the pub… or even rolling out of bed. The Liverpool FC Slugger Pullover Hoodie will keep you warm. The hoodie has the LFC crest across the chest, so your allegiance is boldly proclaimed. It is a lighter hoodie, in a more casual tone of red and the crest is printed with a vintage distressed screen print.

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7. Liverpool FC “Keep Off the Pitch” Garden Sign

If you want to keep those neighborhood kids or mail carrier off your lawn or garden, why not let them know that where they are stepping is hallowed ground with this Liverpool FC “Keep Off the Pitch” Garden Sign.

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8. Official Liverpool FC Mini Gnome

Speaking of gardens… no garden or lawn is truly watched over unless you have a Liverpool FC Mini Gnome watching over like the Anfield groundskeepers. This LFC gnome is sure to amuse anyone when they see him waving the Liverpool flag proudly.

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9. Liverpool FC Crest Decal Sticker

If you are out on the avenues and highways, you might as well let the rest of the commute know that you support LFC with this Official Liverpool FC Crest Decal Sticker. You’ll get smiles and friendly gestures from other LFC fans. You might get other gestures and reactions from supporters of other clubs.

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10. Official Liverpool FC Executive Golf Gift Set

Are you hitting the links? Why not show your Liverpool pride at the club with this Official Liverpool FC Executive Golf Gift Set. It comes complete with  2 Ball markers, 6 Wooden tees, a Divot tool and a Marker pen.

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