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Die hard Liverpool FC fan from the Pierce county area in Washington state.

The Little Brothers

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Remember back when you were a kid outside in the yard having a kick about? The sun was shining, the weather was warm, and you were having great form that day. There is only one thing that could bring a day like that down: your little brother. Always wanting to play with the big boys, trying to keep up and include himself when he isn’t invited.

Sound familiar Everton?

The bitters have had a decent start to the season this year, taking 7 points from 5 matches which puts them smack dab in the middle of the table at 10th place. Liverpool needs to take their rightful place in the Merseyside derby and drop the hammer on the little brother, reminding him that playing in the yard with the big boys is not advised.

What do you think? Does the Everton result matter in the grand scheme of the EPL/Cup season? Should we be out for blood? Discuss in the comments.

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Class is in Session!

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September means a lot of things; Leaves changing colors, early mornings and late evenings are no longer unbearably hot, and of course students of all ages heading back towards school.

Here at AnfieldShop.com I would like to hold class and give out some grades, and fall project assignments to our beloved Reds.

Student name: Luis Suarez
Extremely Early Season Grade: A
Excels in: Goal scoring, Drawing a bevy of defenders to him, Assisting goals
Needs improvement in: At times Luis has a little trouble staying on his feet, looking for referee to bail him out
Fall grade potential: A+
Fall school project: Luis plays extremely well with others, too well in fact. Luis could benefit from being a little bit more selfish inside of the 18 yard box. 100 shots a day for an entire month.

Student name: Andy Carroll
Extremely Early Season Grade: C+
Excels in: Aerial play.
Needs improvement in: Andy has come oh so close to opening his 2011 goal account. With being a little bit more clinical in his finishing, Andy will become a huge goal threat in the box.
Fall grade potential: A-
Fall school project: Andy must control his emotions and focus his energy on scoring goals. Opponents will continue to try and get under Andy’s skin until he proves it doesn’t bother him.

Student name: Charlie Adam
Extremely Early Season Grade: B+
Excels in: Set pieces, pass distribution
Needs improvement in: Charlie at times does not play well with others, and is known to have a rash challenge or two.
Fall grade Potential: A
Fall school project: Charlie has had more than a couple shots from the midfield go astray. Watch Xabi Alonso film and practice

Student name: Jordan Henderson
Extremely Early Season Grade: B
Excels in: Midfield play, shots to the top corner of the net
Needs improvement in: Not becoming invisible for long periods of time, better quality wing play.
Fall quarter grade potential: A-
Fall school project: Study tapes of Stewart Downing, and emulate his wing play and ability to cross balls into the box

Student name: Stewart Downing
Extremely Early Season Grade: B
Excels in: Wing play, crosses into the box, set piece service
Needs improvement in: Clinical finishes, dribbling
Fall quarter grade potential: A
Fall school project: Train extensively with Steven Gerrard, learn how to be a stone cold finisher.

Student name: Pepe Reina
Extremely Early Season Grade: A+
Excels in: All things goalkeeper related, looking badass
Needs improvement in: Best goalie in the Premiership doesn’t need to improve
Fall quarter grade potential: A+++
Fall school project: In my honest opinion Pepe has been great so far. The only goalie who saves the goal Vs Sunderland is either Gumby or Superman.

What do you think? Was I too harsh, or too nice to our “Students?” Agree or Disagree in the comment section.

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Win The Shirt Off Our Back!

King Kenny has the mighty Reds in fine form lately winning at Arsenal for the first time in 11 years, and today putting 3 goals on Exeter in the second round of the Carling Cup to advance. Every Reds player talked about needing a strong start to the season to achieve a European place next season and it is coming to fruition.

So at AnfieldShop.com is all about helping Liverpool FC fans around the world get the greatest gear in the world, so much so that we are literally giving you the shirt off our backs…..on one condition. Correctly predict the score (and the goal scorers) against the Bolton Wanderers and you will win a Liverpool FC T-shirt! (Size XL)

Contest Rules

1. One submission per person.
2. Contest entries must be made on this blog entry to be eligible.
3. Contest closes at first kickoff of the Liverpool FC vs Bolton Wanderers match.
4. You must pick the Final score for the match and who scores for Liverpool and what order they score in.
5. In the event that a tie-breaker is necessary, the entry that is submitted first will be the victor.

Good luck, and happy guessing all!

Kicking ’em When They’re Down.

Saturday is a big match for both Arsenal and Liverpool. Perennial premier league powers vying for a much coveted Champions league spot, but each are headed in different directions.

Where there is smoke there is fire. All is not well at the Emirates, top players either leaving or on their way out, promising new players getting red carded and missing multiple fixtures. Wenger is either not opening up the checkbook, or is not opening it wide enough for transfer targets to be swayed in Arsenals direction.

And you know what? To hell with them, would they feel sorry for us if the shoe was on the other foot? Absolutely not. So let the mighty Reds twist the knife a little in the backs of Gunner supporters and let them only have 1 point two weeks into the season. The hot seat for Mr. Wenger just got a little bit warmer if Liverpool can kick them when they’re down.

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As all Liverpool fans and supporters know, as well as most football fans realize that we are constantly fighting for justice for the 96 fallen Reds. As I am not a UK resident, I cannot fill out this petition for the release of documents of the events at Hillsborough on that disastrous day. If you ARE a UK resident, please take the time to fill out this e-petition so that justice may one day be rightly served. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2199Full

JFT

Kickoff Party Pictures!!

The first ever English Premier League Kickoff Party was a resounding success! Perfect weather, some old friends came by, some new ones made from people supporting other clubs around the world.

We all got together, and the big winners were the kids who are supported by Jamie Carragher’s own 23 foundation. Here are some of the accounts of the events!

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A little excited there, Kyle?

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DJ Shows us his good side

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Glued to their seats

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A lucky raffle winner

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Yours truly (on the right) awarding the pub owner a Carragher autographed shirt for all his efforts

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One excited Spurs fan who was quite vocal throughout the entire match viewing

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Pretty good for a pub parking lot setup, no?

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Almost game time.

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LFC Seattle making the trek down to Tacoma, good to see you boys!

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We tried hard to keep the Gunners supporters out

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DJ keeping the adult beverages properly iced down 🙂

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Can I write you a check for a setup like this?

We had a blast setting this event up for all those in attendance, and the big winners were the kids of course. Next years event is literally already in the works, and you had better not miss out on the 2nd Annual EPL Kickoff party!!

Follow me on twitter @AnfieldShopBlog and suggest me to your football loving friends! Keep checking the blog often, never know what you might miss!

Liverpool vs Sunderland 8/13 Match Review: 3 Men And A Baby

Liverpool FC’s season started off with an underwhelming result. A 1-1 draw with Sunderland was certainly not what King Kenny’s men had in mind. A point is a point nevertheless and we can’t complain too much, heck we could be in QPR’s position.

Match Review

This game was the quintessential tale of two halves. In the first half Liverpool had magic on in side, Suarez looked like he got that well deserved rest after his Copa America tournament. New boys Downing, Adam, Henderson, and Enrique all looked the part.

Suarez had a dream run with only green grass in-between him and the keeper early in the first half, until a Kieran Richardson impeded his run in the box and resulted in a PK. Should it have been a red card and a sending off? Was yellow adequate? We’ll either way you think, Suarez HAS to convert on the PK. Not converting on that chance would become costly.

Carroll had a quality smash into the goal that was probably called back due to a harsh decision, but that is how the cookie crumbles I suppose. Some of his headed ball efforts could have done with a little bit more accuracy, for this particular bloggers taste.

If Downing’s run is a sign of things to come, then sign me up, a solo run against the Black cats defense and a shot from his left foot smashes the crossbar. The crossbar is probably still seeing stars after Stuart’s shot, but if we want to write our name down in pen in the top 4, we’re going to have to convert these chances.

2nd Half.

What the hell happened during halftime? Did we think we had it in the bag? Did we suddenly get tired? Did they have a beer pong tournament in the changing room?

Missed passes, rash challenges, reliance on the miracle long ball were all significant problems for the Red men in the second half.

But I think that wasn’t the main problem, the main problem was similar to a film from 1987 starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson called 3 Men and a Baby.

Liverpool’s 3 men and a baby on the back line would be the men: Carragher, Agger, Enrique. And the baby would be young John Flanagan.

Let’s examine further

Was the goal against Reina Flanno’s fault? could he have been in a better position? Maybe, probably, but that’s what you’re going to get from starting a defender who only made his first team debut the month of March previous. He caught the same disease everyone else did during halftime, resulting in bad passes, rash challenges, and generally looking a little lost out there.

Carragher isn’t going to win any races against anyone, but for the most part played just enough to escape criticism on this occasion.

Enrique had only signed about 3 days previous to the match, and I can’t fault him for not knowing his teammates outside of a game on FIFA 11, but his story is the story of the match, looked pretty good in the first half, and once the second started the quality went down the toilet. Relying on miracle long balls to Carroll just doesn’t cut it. Please improve short passes to teammates as well.

Daniel Agger was the star (if you can call him that) on the back line on Saturday. If his brothers in defense could have played to the level of his quality, we may have nicked 2 extra points against Sunderland.

So what do we think our prospects against Arsenal are? Top players seem to be jumping off the ship like it is going out of style. I reckon if we can regain our first half form, and dig our heels in during the second half, we should walk away from the Emirates with 3 well deserved points. Come back soon to see the match review from that contest as well!