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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.

To celebrate the start of the season we’re going to be having a Labor Day Sale!  Use code ‘LaborDay’ to save 10% off your entire order.  Use it to buy a new jersey or perhaps something from our new fall apparel collection?  The code expires September 7th and is good towards new purchases only.  Enjoy Reds fans!

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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Liverpool Striker Whoas Continue

After Rickie Lambert scored in the second minute against Crystal Palace, it only took Dwight Gayle a quarter of an hour to flip the celebrations to the home side at Selhurst Park. Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak capped a Crystal Palace comeback in the 78th and 81st respectively. Liverpool’s continued struggle to shots on target with consistency has shot holes in their plans to ride any momentum carried over from last season’s second place finish.

It isn’t nice to point fingers, but as Liverpool sits in 12th place after twelve matches in the premier league campaign, let us look at where the squad is on their attacking options. Daniel Sturridge is not expected back until the new year. Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic are not providing the return on investment that was expected of them as we approach the heart of the mid-season.

As the season approaches the transfer window, it will be interesting to see Brendan Rodgers stands behind his choices in this past off season, or if he is given the opportunity to add to an underachieving squad.

“I’m not arrogant to think I’ll be in a job through anything,” Rodgers said in a BBC Sport report. “You have to win games.”

“I’ve got a great communication line with the owners – we are honest and open with each other. But we have to get results and perform.

As the pressure continues to build for Rodgers, the media is stoking the fire. Jamie Carragher even left the gloves off when it came to his criticism of Liverpool’s current form on Sky Sports.

“This is more than just a poor start – there is something wrong,” said Carragher. “They are getting bullied out of games. At the end of last season we said they were mentally and physically weak, nothing has changed.”

“As a Liverpool fan, the worst thing that you can ever throw at your own team or think of them is (that they’re) being bullied and (are) weak and that’s what you’ve seen from them today. It’s not for the first time, it’s been going on all season.”

After finishing second last year, the wave we were riding has now settled. While losing Luis Suarez was bound to bring the level of LFC’s attack down, nobody saw this. What do you think Rodgers should do in the transfer window? 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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Sing Loud LFC! Daniel Sturridge Returns! REVISED: Oh Wait… One More Month

(This article was written before the announcement that Daniel Sturridge will be out another month with a calf strain…. ughhh… I apologize getting excited about Sturridge’s return. I have revised the article with the new injury update. His injury was my fault for celebrating too soon… or Roy Hodgson’s… I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.)

Sing his name so it echoes off the rafters of the stadium, pub or living room you are catching this weekend’s match at, Daniel Sturridge rises again. The possible return of Liverpool striker Sturridge against Queen Park Rangers tomorrow is like rolling out the muscle car you have been working on for weeks to cherry out. LFC took the new Sturridge led team for a run around the practice track… it had to be towed back in the garage for a calf injury.

Hopefully Sturridge’s eventual return is the final piece to the goal scoring engine that LFC needs to return back to their title challenging form. Liverpool fans feel like the title bus has been sitting parked in the garage since last season, and are ready to get back to the goal scoring confidence and attractive football we were all getting used to seeing from our boys.

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“We’ll have to see where he is at tomorrow and go from there,” Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers said to reporters.

“He’s been out a long time, nearly six weeks.”

“Daniel has made us a real threat and when you take him out of the team the model of your game is different,” said Rodgers.

“But when he is playing he is one of the top European strikers. It’s important for him to be playing games.”

Sadly, Sturridge is not going to be back for some time. We were hoping that the return of our main hitman would free up Mario Balotelli, so he can break his Premier League duck. Balotelli has scored in the Champions League, but not in the EPL. It will be a rough go, as recent reports in the last hour now say Sturridge will be out for another month, after suffering a calf strain in his first session back since his thigh injury.

“If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play,” Balotelli said in Sport Magazine.

“But I am working, and I can see already that the Liverpool fans really like me, although I know that maybe they are a little upset because I don’t score. I see they appreciate that I am working hard, though,which is nice for me.”

The roller coaster of the international break is over. Let’s leave the Roy Hodgson discussion for the next time our boys report to international duty. Tomorrow… against QPR… #WeGoAgain

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jordan Rossiter: Who is This Lad?

Jordan Rossiter first joined Liverpool’s youth system at age six and eleven years later he made a dream debut for the first team squad in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup third round match against Middlesbrough. Rossiter’s 30 yard strike from distance was on a low laying rope from fate when he pounced on Rickie Lambert’s rebounded shot.

“It was brilliant. I’m made up,” said Rossiter in the Liverpool Echo. “To score on my debut, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It’s a dream come true to be honest.”

“I got told by the manager at training on Monday that I’d be starting. I was a bit shocked but I couldn’t wait to get out here.”

When the ball hit the net in the 11th minute, it spelled relief not only for the fans at Anfield, but the pressure on the shoulders of a 17 year old lad. The joy on Rossiter’s face when he scored was a well welcomed highlight for LFC fans. When he celebrated and jumped in the air, it seemed like he may never land. Rossiter put in a solid 79 minutes of play before being substituted to a well deserved round of applause from the Anfield faithful.

“I was a bit nervous but playing with some of the best players in the world helped,” said Rossiter. “I was speaking to a few of the senior players before kick-off who just told me to enjoy it. It was a great opportunity for me and they helped me through.”

The emotion on Rossiter’s face was priceless. It reminded me why I love this game. At age 17 I was listening to punk rock, questioning authority and staring university right in the eyes. At 17, Rossiter became Liverpool’s second youngest scorer behind Michael Owen. Rossiter has a solid future of Anfield within his grasps. Not to get too hyped up on the lad early… we have seen plenty of promising young starlets come and go through Liverpool’s Academy. We can only hope what we have seen of this kid is a sign of things to come.

“I can’t even explain it. I can’t even remember what happened,” Rossiter said. “I’m looking forward to getting home and watching it on the TV. To score at Anfield is just a great feeling.”

“I thought he was excellent, showed really good composure, his temperament was good and he followed up the finish really well, because it wasn’t an easy one, he had to play it through bodies,” Rodgers said in a Sky Sports interview.

There are so many topics of discussion, disappointment and news hitting the wire about our beloved Liverpool. Liverpool’s surprise struggle to hit the net until the last moment against Ludogrets in our Champions League debut. Let’s try to put the struggle to find the goal against Aston Villa after Gabriel Agbonlahor’s goal at Anfield (even though we dominated possession) behind us. West Ham United last weekend…. ugh… enough said.  Liverpool’s goal struggles continued against Middlesbrough (until the penalty kicks, of course).  Sadly, now the recent reports that LFC was named as one of the squads by the UEFA financial fair play investigation. Just for today, let’s put our worries on hold and focus on the young lad that had goal number one in Liverpool’s 14-13 win over Boro.

“I know I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep on improving. If I do that then hopefully I’ll get more appearances in the future,” said Rossiter.

With Liverpool’s match against Everton this weekend, we should mention that Rossiter grew up in the Everton Valley and actually was a childhood Everton fan. Before you break out the torches, so were Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush. Speaking of Fowler… God was the first person to say that Rossiter had the potential to be the next Steven Gerrard, after he watched him in the 2013 NextGen series against Inter Milan.

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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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