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Lovren Joins Lallana & Lambert at Liverpool

Getty ImagesLiverpool continued their raid of Southampton by completing the signing of defender Dejan Lovren. This £20m signing makes him the most expensive transfer for a defender in Liverpool history.

“I played there last season in front of the crowd singing, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone'” said Lovren. “That is something very special for every player, every sportsman and every fan. I can’t wait to get started. I’m a player that will give 100 per cent and I want to show that to the supporters because they deserve to see players who give 100 per cent. I know it is going to be something special to play in front of the fans at Anfield and I can’t wait.”

Lovren is going to have a couple familiar faces in the Liverpool locker room to help with the transition, as he is the third signing following the fire sale at St. Mary’s Stadium after Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert signed earlier in the transfer window. The shoring up of LFC’s defense was made a top priority by Brendan Rodgers and throwing down the cash for Lovren supports that.

“We need to be better,” Brendan Rodgers he said in the Liverpool Echo. “The attacking side has nothing to do with the team conceding stupid goals… We conceded a lot of poor goals due to bad individual mistakes last season. That is something that Dejan’s leadership can certainly help us with.”

Rodgers is right, there are separate aspects to defense and attacking. Luis Suarez leaving had placed increased pressure on the attack of LFC to score goals. Lallana was supposed to be a puzzle piece to help fill the void when he signed over from Southampton for £25m, but his 6 week injury has most of the Liverpool faithful concerned. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder suffered a knee injury at Liverpool’s Harvard base in Boston on Thursday.


Liverpool reported Lallana damaged the LCL, lateral collateral ligament. As we sit less than a month from the season, we are left wondering about if LFC will pony up the money for at least one more massive signing with the goal record we are longing for.

Liverpool 2014 Tour

Guinness International Cup Begins

Liverpool started the Guinness International Cup with a 1-0 victory over Olympiakos at Chicago’s Soldier Field. After a 0-1 loss to Roma at Fenway in Boston, starting this preseason cup with a win was vital. Next up Yankee Stadium in New York against league champions Manchester City is on the horizon and Charlotte, North Carolina against AC Milan after that. The low goal scoring matches has us anticipating the moment LFC starts placing the ball in the net, and with frequency. I cannot help but be crying for more goals after the lot down the road scored 7 against the Galaxy… albeit a MLS squad, it shows that LFC needs to get this machine into high gear. The match against City will be the true test of the pace that Liverpool will go into this EPL season.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone,

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Liverpool FC, LFC, Boston

LFC US Tour, Third Kit & Suarez

Liverpool FC, LFC, BostonDoes anyone else have a football hangover with the conclusion of this World Cup? Don’t you know the best cure for a football hangover is… yup you guessed it, more football.

Oh When The Reds…Go Marching In…
Liverpool FC is coming to the states in less than two weeks to kick off their preseason International Champions Cup tour of the United States with a match at the iconic Fenway Park in Boston, MA on July 23rd. It will be a rematch against Roma, who had bested them at their debut in Boston a couple years back. From there, LFC will match up against Olympiacos at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the 27th. On July 30th, LFC will play league champions Manchester City at the house that Steinbrener built, Yankee Stadium, closing out their summer tour in Charlotte, NC at Bank of America Stadium against AC Milan on August 2nd.

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Warrior Releases LFC’s 3rd Kit
On July 7th, we finally caught a glimpse of the 3rd kit we would be wearing during our first Champions League campaign in a few years. Liverpool fan favorite and Champions League hero Luis Garcia had this to say about our 3rd kit.

“I love the way this shirt looks,” said Garcia. “The red collar on the black shirt gives it a very stylish look and as always, Warrior has incorporated the best material and details to keep players comfortable whilst playing.”

I love the new kits. Being an San Diego State University Alumni, I can easily see myself rocking the new kit at the Aztecs games… and if fate smiles upon me, when I make it to Anfield Road. What do you think of the new kits ladies and gentlemen? Let us know on social media, either via twitter or on Facebook.

Gerrard Bids Farewell to Luis Suarez on Instagram

With Luis Suarez headed to Barcelona, he has left all of us Liverpool FC faithful split on his departure. Our captain Steven Gerrard had these parting words to honor his former teammate on a post via Instagram

“On an emotional day for me would just like to say what a pleasure it has been playing with an amazing talent such as Luis. I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution on the pitch during his time @liverpoolfc and to wish him and his family all the best on his new adventure in Spain. #lfclegend”

One thing to keep in mind, it was Suarez’s masterful season last year that helped LFC get over the hump and shake the Champions League monkey off our back. Many of us are wondering what could have been, had SAS remained intact. It was amazing to watch such masterful football from Suarez, I will miss the Kop singing the familiar Depeche Mode melodies when number 7 took over the game. At this moment, I stand by my captain thanking Luis for his service and now on to the next season. No player is bigger than the club. It’ll be interesting to see what the LFC brass has planned for that pretty penny we received for Suarez. So far we have Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can… and this just in… Lazar Markovic.

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Pepe Reina Liverpool FC LFC Keeper

Reina’s First World Cup Cap & Four LFC Players Advance

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Pepe Reina’s First World Cup Cap
In Group B’s final round, our former keeper Pepe Reina received his first World Cup cap when Vincente del Bosque gave him the nod. Surprisingly this was the first time Reina had to man the posts during World Cup play, even though he had 32 international caps cruising into his 33rd. Reina posted a clean sheet with a 3-0 Spain victory over Australia in Curitiba, displaying why he has been old reliable not only for Napoli this past season, but over his tenure with Liverpool FC.

“It is the dream of any player to play in a World Cup,” said Reina on the Liverpool website.

“…I fulfilled a dream, which was to play in a World Cup. Despite the team being eliminated I have the personal satisfaction of having played and having done so with a win.”

Reina is still under contract to Liverpool until 2016, as he returns to Anfield after Napoli failed to throw down the money to keep him.

“I don’t know about my future. I want to be calm about it and there are people who are working on that. I have two years left on my Liverpool contract and the situation is the same as a month ago.

“I’ve not spoken to Rodgers and I don’t know what they think but I have a contract and in the end that is what counts. I have to join up with Liverpool and there’s nothing more I can do.”

Four LFC Players in the Knockout Round
The 2014 FIFA World Cup could still be lifted by a LFC player. Going into the knockout stages, Liverpool still has four players that can lift the World Cup Simon Mignolet of Belgium, Mamadou Sakho of France and of course Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez of Uruguay.

Where Are You Watching the FIFA World Cup?
Monday through Friday, I’ve been watching the World Cup matches at the office… reacting a little too loud to my smartphone screen. More than the regular work day would warrant. Tomorrow I’ll be watching the US take on ‘Ze Germans’ and Ronaldo +10 play Ghana at the OC Tavern in San Clemente, CA. Let us know at The Anfield Shop on Social Media, where you’ve been watching the World Cup this year? Anfield Shop wants to know.

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Shall we play a game?

Cannon

Since there is no on-field action to discuss and break down with you all, id like to play a game. Let’s play: You can only have one or YCOHO for short.

The rules are:
1. You can only have one
2. You can’t have both
3. You can’t have neither

Here goes, You can only have one:
1. 12 goals from Steven Gerrard in the upcoming ’11-’12 premier league campaign
-OR-
2. Load Wayne Rooney into a cannon, and shoot him into the English channel

YCOHO #2

1. Everton to finish Above Liverpool on the Premier league table
-OR-
2. Having to give Alex Ferguson a sponge bath

Which will it be?

Expect more of these to come in the future, and the decisions will be become more and more difficult 🙂
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Is it August yet?!?!

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The season has been over for about 6 weeks now. So many great memories, it seems like just yesterday we were in Euphoria over Miereles’s goal against Chelsea, or maybe picking your jaw up off the floor from the record 35 million pound transfer fee that was paid for Andy Carroll.

Now that those memories are safely stored in your memory banks. How are you passing the time until Liverpool’s 11-12 campaign starts? Do you have other sports that you follow? Other passions/hobbies? Or maybe you just lie wishing that it could just be August, please?

I myself am moderately fortunate to live in the USA where the MLS season is in full swing. Yes I know that this league does not have world class play, but it does just enough to take the edge off until we are able to witness Suarez pass the ball around like it was on a string, or maybe Stevie G drop the hammer from outside the 18 and give us a lead once again. COME ON AUGUST!!

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