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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.”

The Anfield Shop hopes you had a great 2014. Did you receive all the Liverpool gear you wanted for the holidays? Send us some photos of your gear via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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Liverpool FC Versus FC Basel: A Must Win

The December 9th Champions League clash between Liverpool FC and FC Basel is a solid barometer of whether or not LFC is capable of finding their form, and proving that they belong in Europe. Liverpool’s 2-2 draw away at Ludogorets last week was an improvement, but certainly disappointing, but LFC is still alive and master of their Champions League fate thanks to Christiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid downing FC Basel. (It is always weird to type the words “thanks to Christiano Ronaldo.” I’m pretty sure as a LFC fan, I’ll never get used to that).

As sub par as LFC has been in the group, coupled with Real Madrid’s dominance, the slugfest between the other three teams has Liverpool possibly advancing. If Liverpool wins the match at home next Tuesday versus FC Basel, they advance to the final 16.

Brendan Rodgers knows there is building pressure for him to deliver results. The Guardian was great to point out, while pundits have started talking about his possible sacking, seven months ago he was LMA Manager of the Year. Rodgers is giving everything he has to hold on to the helm at Liverpool.

“I will fight for my life to be here for as long as I can,” Rodgers said to The Guardian.  “You never like seeing or hearing things like you are the bookies’ favourite to get the sack when six months ago I was manager of the year but that is modern football. All I can do is my best and I will continue to do my best.”

“While I do that I can relax knowing that whenever that time comes from the owners, whether it is in one month or 10 years, I will walk out of here knowing I have given my absolute all to give the club what it wants. I am happy with that.”

This weekend’s 1-0 victory over Stoke at home was certainly something to be thankful for. Glen Johnson’s header gave LFC the results it needed, but their place in the EPL table is still far below where they expected themselves to be at this point in the season. Liverpool has not even come close to the form they had last season. The Irish Independent had a backpage article entitled, “With no Luis Suarez, Liverpool Has Lost Their Bite.” Clever word play by the IE for sure, but our squad is still alive in the Champions League hunt. LFC is still within realistic reach of the top four by season’s end.

Keep in mind, LFC gets Daniel Sturridge back after the holiday break. Rickie Lambert is proving his case to be more involved with every start. Kolo Toure and Leiva Lucas helped LFC in the defensive department immensely. Even Simon Miglonet had a commanding clean sheet performance as a s strong presence between the sticks. This could be the turning point LFC fans were waiting for.

Do you think Liverpool has a shot of making the Champions League final 16? Do you think Brendan Rodgers can use this weekend’s positive result as the starting point to turn this season around? The Anfield Shop wants to know what you think via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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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.

#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 & @AnfieldShopBlogplus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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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.

Liverpool LFC Baby Bodysuits

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.

Liverpool LFC Coffee Mug Tea

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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Cyber Monday is here and we’re ready!

Hi everyone,

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I was able to spend time with friends and family, and had a great time!  Now, bring on the holidays!

The winner of our contest last month was Bret.  Congratulations!   Bret correctly answered the question “In which year did LFC win the League Title for the first time?”  The correct answer was the 1900-01 season.  For his correct answer, Bret wins a signed Jamie Carragher match program. We’ll have another contest soon – thanks to everyone for playing!!!  LFC fans are the best!!!  By the way, did you see who the latest LFC fan is?  None other than Brad Pitt!  You can read about it here: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/brad-pitt-i-support-lfc

Cyber Monday is here, and the Anfield Shop is ready!  We have a special category on our site just for Christmas gifts.  Just click here and you’ll see everything from ornaments to flashing antlers, and Christmas cards to stockings.  Shipping is fast, and you still have plenty of time to order to get items in time for Christmas.  Whether you’re buying for that LFC fan or just getting items for yourself, the Anfield shop is your one stop shopping location for everything LFC.

Remember, we are still offering a holiday special of $20 off every $100 purchased.  Just enter the code “holidays” at checkout – it’s that easy!

Don’t forget the other items that the Anfield Shop has to offer.  There are cute items for your four-legged friend, your golf buddy and items for your home.  The shop has signed memorabilia, toys and games and flags/pennants.  Take some time and look over all there is on the site – you’re sure to find something you like!

Until next time,

Darren