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The 2015 Premier League Transfer Window Closes…and time for a Labor Day Sale!

Official-Liverpool-FC-Joe-Gomez-Jersey-Home-2015-2016With the slamming shut of the 2015 Premier League transfer window it’s been interesting to see the moves of incoming/departing players.  To be honest there haven’t been too many major moves this late in the window as most clubs did their business early.  LFC’s got some exciting talent settling in with Joe Gomez being the standout so far and James Milner already wearing the armband in place of injured Captain Jordan Henderson.

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Balotelli Has Arrived As Rodgers 9th Signing

Super Mario is officially with Liverpool. After a £16million transfer… welcome to the club… number 45. Mario Balotelli.

“This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here,” said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport.

Liverpool could have used him on the pitch instead of the stands after their 3-1 loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Balotelli’s arrival at LFC still has the club buzzing with optimism going into this season’s campaign.

“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake,” Balotelli said in an LFC statement. “I wanted to go to Italy, but I realized it was a mistake.”

Balotelli received a hero’s welcome when he arrived with the squad.

I didn’t expect it because I’ve always been playing against Liverpool,” Balotelli explained. “Whenever I played against Liverpool, the fans weren’t nice with me but that’s normal – it’s football! Now that I play for Liverpool, I can see the expectation in people. They’re very happy and that makes me very happy at the same time.”

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What LFC Learned Versus Southampton

One thing that Daniel Sturridge’s match winner against Southampton in the 79th at Anfield is that Liverpool needs another striker before the transfer window closes. You have to give it up to Sturridge, who has scored 36 goals in 50 appearances for his side. However, if it was not for the 88th minute brilliant save by Simon Miglonet with Morgan Schneiderlin’s shot on target, LFC fans would be worrying about this a lot more. Maybe everyone at Anfield was worried too. I may have been the television at 5:30AM in California, but it was the quietest I remember hearing the Kop. That was echoed by the Southampton fans chanting, “Is this a library… Is this a library… Is this a library…”

Liverpool fans need to have confidence that their squad is intimidating to not just the league, but Europe as well. If they can’t shake the nerves of Southampton, how do you think they will fare against Real Madrid, or if fate is in the cards… Barcelona. The addition of Rickie Lambert was a solid move to shore up the attack, but not a solution to losing the goal power of the guy who went to Barcelona. The extra competition and level of play expected from the squad with European Champions League football this season means adding ferocity to the attack, is priority number one before the window closes on September 1st.

Jordan Henderson’s curling through ball for Raheem Sterling’s goal was a thing of beauty. Sterling has mighty big shoes to fill if he is to fill the other shoe to Sutrridge’s SAS. So who would you like to see here at Anfield? Samuel Eto’o, Radamel Falcao, Marco Reus… but an interesting late transfer is on the horizon with Mario “Why always me?” Balotelli. One thing is for certain, Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want a repeat of missed chances in this transfer window. He has stated his intention on bringing in another striker. Only he and his tight circle knows who might arrive to help boost LFC’s campaign in not only the European Champions League, but get the monkey of Liverpool’s back and bring the title back to Anfield.

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Liverpool Manchester City

Liverpool & Manchester City: Rumble in the Bronx

Liverpool Manchester City

Tonight is a true test for Liverpool FC as they are set to face last year’s EPL champions Manchester City in a rumble in the Bronx tonight at the iconic Yankee Stadium as the Guinness International Champions Cup continues. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that how LFC stacks up against City will determine the caliber of play they are currently at.

“The champions go into the next season as favourites and rightly so,” Rodgers said in the Liverpool Echo.”City were the most consistent team and they pipped us to the title by a couple of points. They will be the benchmark for us. I’m really looking forward to this season and hopefully we can have a similar if not more successful season.

The goal scoring tally of last season’s SAS is a tall order to repeat, but Rodgers looks very optimistic about the building partnership between Kop favorite Daniel Sturridge and new signing Rickie Lambert. He also knows that Liverpool fans are craving another influential signing up front, and hinted that they are still in the market for another striker.

“I looked at the combinations today in training between Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert and they were exceptional,” said Rodgers. “Rickie already looks very comfortable in the group and we’ll also look to bring another striker in if possible.”

It’s almost August. With only two more matches on the 2014 US Tour, the EPL season is almost upon us. Rodgers had these kind words to say about their tour here in America.

“We have been welcomed with real warmth here in America and the facilities are excellent,” said Rodgers. “This trip is going to provide us with a great platform for this season.”

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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.

LFC, Liverpool FC,  3rd kit, #demand

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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Meet the Newest Reds

With the exception of the team that plays at Old Trafford, Liverpool FC has been seemingly been the most active Premier League team in the transfer window. We already met Jordan Henderson in an earlier blog, let’s meet all our additions since then.

Charlie Adam:
CharlieCharlie Adam has long been a LFC transfer target, a heavily rumored addition in the past January transfer window and beyond. The Blackpool captain could not save the Tangerines from relegation this past campaign with Blackpool only amassing 39 points and finishing 19th on the league table.

Blackpool being relegated was not Charlie Adam’s doing. Adam was tied for the clubs lead in goals in all competitions with 12 coming in the premiership and 1 coming in cup play. Here is the AnfieldShop.com Adam bio in short

Full name: Charles Graham Adam
Nationality : Scottish
DOB: December 10th 1985
Previous club: Blackpool
Position: Midfielder, Set piece taker, penalty kick guru
Possible Liverpool FC role: Distributing midfielder possible missing Xabi Alonso link? Option 1-b set piece taker if Gerrard is not on the field.
Expected number of starts: 35+
Goal outlook: 10-12
Who does he replace in the current starting 11: Meireles? Lucas? Spearing? Too early to tell, but he probably has his starting place on lock at the start of the year

Stewart Downing:
Stewart

Stewart Downing is the second Aston Villa winger to leave Villa Park with Ashley Young joining United earlier in the current transfer window. Stewart had long been a necessary addition for LFC. King Kenny desperately has needed improved wing play to stretch the field and improved crosses to the box, and Stewart brings that dimension to the field.

Aston Villa had a roller coaster season falling close to the relegation zone, and then putting all fears to rest with a run of good form with a couple of months of play left. Here is the AnfieldShop.com bio:

Full name: Stewart Downing (Middle name is unknown?)
Nationality: English
DOB: July 22, 1984
Previous club: Aston Villa
Position: Left Winger, but capable of playing right
Possible Liverpool FC Role: Immediately improves wing play. Primary supplier to Carroll and Suarez
Expected number of starts: 35+
Goal forecast: 5-8
Who does he replace in the current starting 11: Maxi Rodgriguez? Dirk Kuyt? I think if he replaces Kuyt we can move him to his natural striking position.

Alexander Doni
Doni

Alexander Doni fills a need that current Liverpool goalies that are not Pepe Reina fulfill. A quality backup option with first team experience.

Reds fans may not be entirely familiar with Alexander Doni, but if fate deals us a cruel injury blow, Doni will be able to hold down the fort while Pepe recovers. He was the first team choice for Brazil in the 2007 Copa America and lead them to winning the tournament. AnfieldShop.com bio:

Full name: Donieber Alexander Marangon
Nationality: Brazilian
DOB: October 22, 1979
Previous club: Roma
Position: Goalkeeper
Expected number of starts: Less than five
Goal forecast: Nil
Who does he replace in the starting 11: Nobody. Maybe gives Reina a rest a few times this year, but the less we see of him, the better.

Credit to premierleague.com lfc.tv wikipedia.org for contributing.

What else do the boys from Merseyside still need? A center/left back? A backup striking option? In all likelihood deals for all these positions and more are probably in the works. Who do you prefer?
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Meet Jordan Henderson

Liverpool’s first splash into the summer transfer window pool was made when a fee was agreed between Liverpool and Sunderland for the services of Jordan Henderson. Obviously Damien and Kenny think very highly of his footballing talents, but what do we really know about him?

Jordan

Height: 182cm
Weight: 67.0kg
Position: Midfielder/Right Wing

Henderson is 20 years old. His birthday is June 17th 1990. Which means he turns 21 on next Friday.
Jordan earned his first team debut with Sunderland at Chelsea on November 2008. He spent a significant portion of his 2009 campaign on loan at championship club Coventry city.
He has hit the back of the net 6 total times with his goal high of 3 coming last year for the black cats.

I am not exactly sure what the plans are for Jordan next season, but I am glad Kenny has his talents at his disposal. Does start on the bench, working his way into the starting 11? Is he our brand new right wing from day one? A midfield role along side Gerrard? Color me Red with excitement for any of those options. What role do you think he takes early on?

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