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Robbie Fowler Selects His Legends: No LFC or England Players

If you did not know, today is God’s birthday… the legend, the one, the only Robbie Fowler. Well loved by Liverpool Football Club, Fowler netted 183 goals in 369 matches for his squad from 1991 – 2001 and for his second coming in the 2006-2007 squad. For England he was capped 26 times finding the net 7 times. When EA Sports & X-Box asked him to select his Legends XI team, you would figure one of his former LFC teammates would make the cut. Nope. Perhaps one of his England comrades? Nope. Come to think of it, the only England international mentioned was Gary Neville and we all know he played for the lot down the road.

Sigh… God, why have you forsaken us?

All kidding aside, if given the chance to select your squad who would you choose for your starting Legend XI? Here’s my starting 11.

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel

Backline: Franz Beckenbauer, Fabio Cannavaro, Phillip Lahm & Sergio Ramos

Midfield: Arjen Robben, Zinedine Ziadane, Steven Gerrard, Lionel Messi

Attack: Pele, Luis Suarez

At least Gerrard made it into my team (solves the LFC & England snubs). So many players to consider… it wasn’t easy for me. I did toy with the likes of Jamie Carragher on the back line. Fernando Torres in his prime, Xabi Alonso or even Javier Maschereno… Craig Bellamy & Fowler would definitely be on the team if I considered my favorite goal celebrations.

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Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star Charity Match

The domination that could have been. I have seen this team lineup before… Luis Suarez partnered up with Fernando Torres up top with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso dominating the midfield. It wasn’t a dream. Honest. It was when I continued to play my FIFA season from EA Sports FIFA 2011. Now at the end of the month my video game roster becomes a reality and then some when the Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star Charity Match happens at Anfield on March 29th. Well and then some, when you put in John Terry alongside John Arne Riise and Frenchman Thierry Henry in the starting 11 to bolster the attack. I know… right? Check out Gerrard’s starting 11:

Gerrard’s XI: Brad Jones; John Arne Riise, John Terry, Stephen Warnock; Ryan Babel, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard (C), Kevin Nolan; Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Thierry Henry

Jamie Carragher’s team is pretty fierce as well. Pepe Reina returns to man the sticks with Alvaro Arbeloa at his side, passing it up to Luis Garcia and Raul Meireles with Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy creating havok and space for Didier Drogba to attack. Not bad either. Here is Carragher’s starting 11:

Carragher’s XI: Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Jamie Carragher, Alvaro Arbeloa, Luis Garcia, Raul Meireles, Jonjo Shelvey, Craig Noone, Dirk Kuyt, Didier Drogba, Craig Bellamy.

Speaking of the man with the great golf swing…  Haha… As each player got the invite, their social media spread the word. My favorite’s was an old rivalry within the club. John Arne Riise’s tweet about his upcoming match against Bellamy had to be my favorite out of all the former Anfield stars.

I think it will be team Gerrard by a landslide. Who do you think has the stronger team going into the All Star Charity match? It is great to dream what could have been. Terry clearing it to Gerrard, to Alonso out to Suarez blistering down the left. He crosses to Henry flicked by Torres… Goal. Or Carragher to Meireles. He finds Kuyt on the right. Kuyt through ball to Bellamy, who strikes it off Riise’s head, rebounded to Drogba and past Jones for a wild goal. Haha… a man can dream.

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Liverpool On A 10 Game Unbeaten Run In The Premier League

In a bold move by manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool started the match on the road at St. Mary’s without striker in the line-up. As it turned out Liverpool didn’t need one to see of a hard fighting Southampton. Goals by Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling guaranteed Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Southampton. This victory extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games. Taking a look at the table, they also sit only three points from third place.

Taking a look at the upcoming schedule, Liverpool play Manchester City, Burnley (who drew versus Chelsea), an FA Cup quarterfinal against Rovers, Swansea (who beat Manchester United), Manchester United followed by Arsenal. Liverpool is still alive in the Europa League as well, thanks to Mario Balotelli’s penalty versus Beskitas (I’ll take it).  The rest of March is pivotal to whether we are celebrating the continued momentum of Steven Gerrard’s final season with Liverpool, versus hoping the rest of the league is struggling as well to keep their ship afloat into May. The way the youthful core of Liverpool is playing with Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho creating the chances, I like our odds.

*Raising my pint glass*

Here’s to a keeping big momentum on our side. Top four or bust, let’s get back in the Champions League next season, eh? …and let’s bring home some silverware for Gerrard’s last run. You’ll Never Walk Alone!

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Liverpool FC Training Wear On Sale

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Throwing on the Liverpool training wear when you are headed out to the gym or for your daily run puts me into the mindset of training like a champion. Or on those NetFlix and Amazon Prime days, they are also pretty comfy while loafing on the couch. Whether it be couch or training, show your Liverpool pride. The Anfied Shop is having a sale on official Liverpool FC training wear.

Authentic Liverpool FC training wear is apparel that recognizes your drive to succeed. The elite Training Range line was created by Warrior Sports, especially for Liverpool Football Club fans. It’s cool in so many ways, from unique looks to innovative fabrics. Choose from a variety of high performance red, white and black gear. Embroidered emblems proclaim your team allegiance. Official Liverpool Football Club gear for soccer training pays homage to team history, while also offering sleek, stylish looks. See our complete selection of LFC soccer jackets, sweatpants, polos, t-shirts and more. Enjoy breathable shorts, active fit pants or color contrast hoodies. And the Warrior gear comes in adult and junior sizes. You can suit up for play in apparel that honors both your team and your personal victories. Our LFC soccer shop brings British football to American fields with Liverpool home kits and training clothes.

Browse LFC Training Wear such as LFC Shorts, Jerseys, and More at The Anfield Shop

Make a strategic move to browse LFC training wear, such as Liverpool Football Club shorts, jerseys, and more. You’ll enjoy outstanding values! The competition can begin when you’re wearing LFC red cotton tees, red club sweaters or white Liverpool training jerseys. The details make the difference. Choose from comfortable shirts, moisture managing shorts and well-constructed pants that add interest with piping, blocks and panels. Carry on customs in modern designs. We’ve also got Liverpool FC away jerseys and other official clothing. So why not take advantage of exciting LFC training apparel and fast order fulfillment? Even avoid international shipping rates. Shop online now for the best Liverpool FC training wear, including football jerseys, shorts, jackets and more!

 

Top 10 Liverpool FC Car Accessories

Are you properly showing your Liverpool FC pride on the roads and highways? Make sure you let the res of your daily commute that you are a LFC fan and proud. Here are the top 10 Liverpool FC car Accessories available at The Anfield Shop.

10. Liverpool FC Large Crest Magnet

9. Liverpool Blank Key

 

8. Steven Gerrard Air Freshener

 

7. Liverpool FC Gold Cling Decal

 

6. Liverpool FC Family Sticker Set

5. Liverpool FC Car Badge

4. Liverpool FC Sticker 3 Pack

3. Liverpool FC 3D Cut Key

2. Liverpool FC Metal License Plate Frame

1. LFC YNWA Bumper Sticker

 

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First Look at Steven Gerrard In A LA Galaxy Kit

The video game company EA Sports gives us the first look at what Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard looks like in a LA Galaxy kit. We still have some time with Gerrard at Liverpool, but The Anfield Shop came across this short video from FIFA 2015 on our feeds and felt inclined to share with all of you.

I have to admit as a San Diegan I have never supported any LA sports franchise. The words “Beat LA” have been drilled into my head as soon as I realized the energy and passion behind who you support in sports. That being said… I am still debating whether or not to buy a Gerrard kit from the Galaxy. However, I do know I will be keeping tabs on the Galaxy going into next season more than I ever have, since the league began.

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Gerrard Leaving Anfield: 5 Things Liverpool Fans Still Have To Look Forward To

Steven Gerrard
695 games, 180 goals
1 Champions League
2 FA Cups
3 League Cups
1 UEFA Cup
2 UEFA Super Cups
1 Charity Shield

All good things must come to an end and sadly after this 2014-15 campaign, so does our time with Captain Fantastic… there’s only one Steven Gerrard. When social media started to whisper about Gerrard’s retirement, I first met it with the 5 stages of grief. I felt like a part of my Liverpool soul had just died.

But after making it to acceptance, I have realized that our time with Steven Gerrard over the past 15 years with the first team have been special. Liverpool fans bore witness to 17 seasons (15 top flight) and 695 games by Gerrard. His caps with the English national team stand at 114 appearances, third all time for England. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer have struck a deal and lightening rod of attention by prying Gerrard from Anfield. Great for US soccer, void created for English football and especially for Liverpool.

“My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life, and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over,” Gerrard said in the LA Times.

The mood around Liverpool fans is thankful, but still in shock. The let down of our return to the Champions League, followed by the inability to keep the pace with last season’s title hopes have the LFC faithful searching for the silver lining. Gerrard is here until May, but will be coming to the USA. We must look forward to the positive side of this happening. Here are 5 things that Liverpool fans can still look forward to.

5. Steven Gerrard playing for the MLS means that all of us Yankees get to see captain play in person next season. 

Although not ideal if you support a club that isn’t the LA Galaxy, Gerrard playing in the MLS allows us to see the LFC legend play the next two seasons. We have been supporting the man and chanting his name at the pubs and through various cable packages here in the US. I can’t help but be excited that he will be playing here in the states. I grew up chanting the words, “Beat LA!” With Gerrard stateside, I may have a change of heart.

4. It is finally time to see if Jordan Henderson truly is the man to wear the captain’s armband.

It is time to see if the time and money spent on Hendo will return like we all hope. With Gerrard leaving the midfield at LFC, Henderson has the reigns of the squad. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers develops Henderson’s role without Gerrard in the mix. To some extent we are starting to witness a bit of it this season.  All eyes will be on Henderson to fill those very big midfield shoes at Liverpool.

3. If healthy…Divock Origi is more than likely coming into the squad from Lille.

GET WELL SOON! Liverpool Echo reported today that Divock Origi sustained a groin injury and is currently undergoing an MRI. According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool will have to pay an additional £3m in addition to the £10m they paid for the Belgian striker, in order to bring him in from Lille this transfer window.

“No deal is yet in place with Lille but the initial discussions have been encouraging and Anfield officials are confident they will reach a successful conclusion.”

“Origi is desperate to begin his Liverpool career after enduring a torrid campaign in France.”

If he his healthy, Origi would be much needed relief for Daniel Sturridge, who returns from injury this month. Opinion is split whether or not the 19 year old needs more time to develop before being brought into the fold at Anfield. Yet, you remember how old Raheem Sterling was when he first featured for LFC’s first team.

2. The Daily Mail reports that Raheem Sterling is set to renew his contract at Liverpool with a new 5 year deal.

With all the speculation of the 20 year old England international leaving for Real Madrid or Manchester City, news out of the Merseyside about Sterling renewing his contract at Anfield is welcomed news. They are not out of the water, as pen has not been put to paper yet in regards to contract. However, the fact that the dialogue has finally been started about keeping Sterling home, has been a welcome sign to Liverpool fans. Gerrard’s exit would certainly rattle the owners into making sure the foundation of the team is still intact.

1. We have until May to sit back and admire the remaining matches we have with a legend. 

After a masterful brace against AFC Wimbledon today, Gerrard kept Liverpool in the FA Cup. Next up for LFC is Bolton Wanderers.

“I always enjoy the FA Cup,’ Gerrard said on BBC One. “I grew up loving the competition and as it’s going to be my last time, I want to make the most of it and try and go all the way.”

Liverpool is still in the Europa League as well. An article I read on the Metro summed up how if everything lines up in Gerrard and Liverpool’s favor, we will be in for quite a ride at the end of the season.

The Europa League final in Warsaw is three days before Gerrard’s 35th birthday. Gerrard’s birthday falls on the FA Cup final. Can you imagine if Liverpool take both trophies, what May will feel like for all of the Liverpool faithful. It all starts with a dream.

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Top 10 Questions at Anfield For 2014

The middle of the English Premier League season is upon us with the year 2014 coming to the close. At the beginning of the season, Liverpool fan’s hopes were set higher; challenge for the title again, have a good showing in the Champions League and ultimately prove you are a better team without the former #7. That being said, the season is not over. Liverpool is still competing in Europe, albeit the Europa League. The targets for the league are still attainable, finish in the top four to re-secure a Champions League spot (and hopefully finish above Manchester United).

The Anfield Shop looks at the top 10 burning questions for Liverpool fans as 2014 comes to a close.

10. Will Emre Can be the big influence LFC needs to re-right the second half of the campaign as Rodgers predicts?

“Emre has a big future here,” LFC Manager Brendan Rodgers said of Emre Can in the Liverpool Echo.

“It was curtailed a bit in the summer when he was trying to get his fitness but had an ankle issue which meant he was in and out of training.”

“Emre has great athleticism and has presence on the pitch and is an outstanding footballer. He is young and still acclimatising to the game here.”

9. Will Liverpool win the Capitol One Cup this season?

“We want to win this competition,’ Brendan Rodgers said in The Guardian. ‘It is the first trophy (of the season) you can win, so it is a priority. If we can get the victory and get through, hopefully that will give us the impetus to go on. It’s going to be really tough but it is a challenge we are up for.”

8. Will Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard complete his career at Anfield or possibly abroad?

It would be hard to imagine Liverpool FC without Steven Gerrard at the helm. I am pretty sure we all felt that same way about Jamie Carragher. Gerrard turns 35 in May and speculation about the twilight of his career has begun. Will he retire at Anfield, or will he chase the spotlight abroad in New York City as some have speculated.

“I’m sure in time Steven will talk through the things he had to consider but for me there is no drama,” Brendan Rodgers told The Guardian.

“I can only think about the situation here and I hope there is a solution with the club and the representatives. It is not about the money, it is about the time of his career in terms of playing. He is a big talent.”

“We have spoken to Steven and his representative and he has been offered a contract here. hat is where it is at. For everything he has done here over 16 years he deserves the respect and time to consider that. It’s a big move in his life in terms of determining where his next contract will be.”

7. What are Liverpool’s chances of advancing past the final 32 in the Europa League?

The stakes have risen for winning the Europa league. For the first time ever, winning the Europa League gives winner a spot in next season’s Champions League. Chasing silverware is always a priority, but this gives Liverpool two different chances to make it back into Europe’s top competition. They will have to first get past Celtic, Everton & Tottenham.

 

6. Will Raheem Sterling hit the 15 goals that Brendan Rodgers expects of him? 

“If I look at Raheem, his outcome last year in terms of goals and assists was probably where it’s at – in and around 10 to 15 goals, and creating goals. That’s a very good return for him,” said Rodgers said of Raheem Sterling on the Liverpool website.

“He’s a natural winger and if he gets those figures on a regular basis – between 10 and 15 goals a season, and assisting goals – then I think that’s a very good number for him.”

“You have other players that are out-and-out No.9s; he has shown, and his career will show as he matures even more, that he’s got that ability.”

5. What are LFC going to do about Mario Balotelli?

Mario Balotelli has found himself on the bench as a substitute a lot lately, whether it be fitness or on the field results. Could he see his time at Anfield coming to a close with the transfer window a few days away? Rodgers was asked by The Guardian if he planned to release any players in the transfer window.

“It is not something I have even thought about, to be honest,” Brendan Rodgers said in The Guardian.

“We have had a lot of games this season and a lot of competitions and at this moment the key for me is trying to keep this squad together.”

4. Is Simon Mignolet going to remain between the sticks for the second half of the season?

With the injury to Brad Jones, Liverpool is currently left with no other choice for keeper than Simon Mignolet. Over the last few weeks, the approaching transfer window and increasing pressure on Mignolet has the Belgian keeper well aware that his sub par performances will not be tolerated the manager.

“I don’t have to prove anything,” Mignolet said in The Telegraph. “The only thing I have to do is work hard in every game and do my best and then we will see what comes through. What more can I do? The only thing I can do is show on the pitch what I am capable of.”

3. Will Brendan Rodgers be given the transfer funds needed to fill the holes in his Liverpool squad or will he have to live or die by his previous transfer choices?

Brendan Rodgers spent £117m this summer in transfers. Only a few days away from the winter transfer window, it will be interesting to see if the powers that be in New England open up their wallets again for Rodgers, or if he will have to make do with his selection.

2. Will Liverpool finish in the top four of the table and make it back into the Champions League next season?

“Yes, absolutely,” Brendan Rodgers told The Daily Telegraph.

“It is always going to be a big challenge and of course we have to make up points, but we have shown that this is a club that can go on a run of games.”

“In the second half of last season, we went on a run of 11 wins and the most important thing is the confidence.

1. When will we have Daniel Sturridge back in the line up and will he bring the goals back to Liverpool FC?

Liverpool is arguably a more menacing opponent with Daniel Sturridge up top for the Reds. It takes the goal pressure off Sterling and would even allow Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini or Adam Lallana a little more freedom to find the net.

“Bring Sturridge back in January and we can get back to being that team,” Brendan Rodgers told The Telegraph.

“His rehab has been done in Los Angeles and he is now going to Boston and he will move on to a specialist facility there.”

“Hopefully in the early part of the New Year, he will be back. At some point in January, we will get him back.”

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