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Liverpool Campaign Has 6 Matches Left: 6 Talking Points

Liverpool did make it to Wembley but sadly without the trophy we all thought the squad could have given Steven Gerrard as an early birthday gift. The 2-1 defeat to Aston on April 19th puts the only objective left. Give everything left in the tank and push towards the top four. Liverpool has 6 matches left to go and are only 7 points behind Manchester City in the last Champions League qualification spot. A bright spot in Gerrard’s final campaign is still a mathematical possibility. “So you’re saying there’s a chance.”

Here are 6 talking points to keep in mind as we watch Liverpool play the final seven matches of the 2014-15 season:

6. The final six matches are West Brom, Hull City, QPR, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Hull City. If Liverpool shows the form they had against Manchester City in March, winning out is a possibility. Realistically speaking, Liverpool will need to dig real deep.

5. One of those away matches is at Stamford Bridge. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. Chelsea leads the rest of the league by double digits for a reason. The results in London will let everyone know how close or far Liverpool is from competing for silverware next season

4. Four of the final six matches are at home. Anfield has always been know for being a fortress. The Kop and energy has been known to lift the squad to another level. Winning out at home is essential to keeping any chance for the last Champions League spot for next season.

3. Brendan Rodgers has been at the helm of Liverpool Football club for three seasons. The argument for sticking behind the manager or seeking his replacement has begun. There are still matches to be played, but it is food for thought when you look at the trophy case. Not since Phil Taylor in 1956-59 has a manager gone three seasons.

2. Two points on Mario Balotelli. His equalizer in the 88th was not off sides. He was also flagged offsides more than any other player, even though he only played 45 minutes. “Why always me?”

1. We have to keep reiterating that this is the final season we will see Steven Gerrard on the pitch for Liverpool. Even though the dream scenario of a Wembley final was not meant to be, anything can happen for the final matches of the campaign. The dream is not over, there is still a job for Liverpool to do.

What do you think Liverpool’s chances are of overtaking Manchester City for the final Champions League spot? Let us know via  Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
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Liverpool Versus Chelsea at Anfield: The Big One

Liverpool Versus Chelsea at Anfield: The Big One
by Randy Villarba

“I am Randy Villarba of the Anfield Shop. And I see a whole army of my Red men, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to support as Red men. And Red men you are! What will you do without football? Will you support Liverpool on Sunday? On early Sunday morning… you may feel like you may die. Don’t wake up early for the match and you will live, at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that for one chance, just one chance… to come back here as Red men and tell our enemies that, ‘They may take our lives, but they will never take… our PASSION!'”

Liverpool FC versus Chelsea FC. Battle of first and second, with Manchester City eagerly awaiting the result on the sideline. None of the top three can afford to drop points. Any slip up here gives City a chance back in the hunt on goad differential. We’ve been waiting two dozen years for a finish like this. Get in. Don your kits and LFC shirts. Put on your Liverpool hats. If you need LFC gear, The Anfield Shop has your back. Throw your scarf over your heads and sing. Sing like you are standing on the Kop. Sing like you have the support of Anfield at your back. Sing like you are “going to win the league.”

Pack those pubs ladies and gentlemen. Paint the town red. Any Chelsea fan sitting next to you should be feeling uneasy with the level of energy we LFC supporters bring to the table. The songs of the Kop choir should be echoing loud and proud from every pub to living room, all the way back home to Anfield come Sunday morning. It is match day. It is Sunday. It is God’s day (I’m pretty positive Robbie Fowler will be in attendance). The belief and concept that football is a religion was sprouted from matches just like this one.

From the tops of the mountains to the shores of the ocean, show the world what it means to support a big club. We are Champions League bound. We are on the final leg of the season, sitting on top of the BPL table. Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC walk into Anfield knowing that the magical aura around Anfield has returned. We are loud. We are here. We are Liverpool FC… and THIS IS ANFIELD!

“Brendan… Rooodgers… Brendan… Rooodgers… Brendan Rodgers Liverpool We’re on our way to glory. Built the team like Shankly did and kids will have a story!”

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
Anfield Shop Wordsmith