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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

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

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Songs of the Kop Choir: 10 Liverpool FC Chants

Liverpool FC fans… We’ve had a rough month… okay rough 2014-15 campaign. That result against Newcastle at St. James park did not make waking up at 5:45am PST that much fun. Win, tie or lose (…although I think we all agree we would prefer a win), LFC is in my my veins. No sleep on match day mornings has been part of my weekend mornings since I came back from studying in England.

Even with the rough run we’ve had in the league as well as the Champions League and the Premier League campaign, I still love hearing the Liverpool songs chanted by the supporters. Whether it’s at Anfield or on the road, the support echoing around the pitch always made me proud to be a Liverpool fan.

Even when you find yourself in a LFC pub, the chants echoing off the walls always makes me smile. Other than the iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone, here is a look at 10 of The Anfield Shop’s favorite supporter chants via Kopoholic and ShowMeTheFootball on youtube.com

“In Istanbul… We won it 5 times.”

Fields of Anfield Road

Oh Liverpool We Love You

Steve Gerrard Chant

Brendan Rodgers

Daniel Sturridge Chant

Philippe Coutinho Chant

Mario Balotelli Chant

Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool

We’re Going To Win The League (Hopefully we can sing this one sooner than later… #MakeUsDream)

What are some of your favorite LFC supporter chants? Let us know at the Anfield Shop via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlogplus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

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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!

Walking papers

Fail

So, our season ended with a gigantic THUD as we miss out on European play and lose our final two matches of the year.

So I think we can all agree that we have a fair amount of dead weight on the squad. Here’s who I think should go immediately:

Cole
Poulsen
Konchesky
Flannagan – Back to reserves
Ngog
Jovanovic
Kyrgiakos

If they have further injuries, I think we must cut ties with Agger and Aurelio should find employment elsewhere also.

Think I am being too harsh? State your case for any of these players to stay.

PRIZE GIVEAWAY!!
The person that leaves the best/most original/funniest comment (which I will determine) will win a free 2011 away kit black knit hat! Contest ends 5/27. One entry per person.

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Free Money!

Hey guys!

The Anfield shop will be in attendance at Doyle’s Public House for the match Vs Newcastle at 8am. This match marks the first time Andy Carroll will face his former teammates in a Reds shirt.

This will give you the excellent opportunity to get some great LFC merchandise at a great price. It also gives you the opportunity to win a $25 gift card to Doyle’s!

 

$20Details: The first person to spend $20 on Anfield Shop merchandise will receive a $25 gift card to Doyle’s Public House. Use it as you please buy multiple rounds of Guinness, or partake in Doyle’s awesome food.

Have you taken advantage of the Super Sale item yet? Supplies are limited people, don’t miss your chance. Try and find it cheaper elsewhere, we dare you.

It’s not over yet…

We were looking forward to ending our LFC withdrawals with today’s match against Blackpool…but the winter weather strikes again!  Instead, we’re offering a post-holiday bonus to our customers.

Any order over $75 will receive a free LFC money bank.  It’s awesome.  You’re awesome.  Shop away…