As Liverpool’s season draws to a close, we at The Anfield Shop cannot help but feel emotional knowing that Steven Gerrard’s chapter as a Liverpool player is coming near. Each player on the upcoming All Star charity match this Sunday between Team Gerrard and Team Jamie Carragher is overflowing with former teammates and rivals of LFC. Each is a link to the different special matches and moments that defined these two cornerstones of Liverpool Football Club. Although a charity match, this is going to have the energy of a celebration. We hope you get to catch the match somewhere memorable. In honor of Gerrard, here are the Top 8 Steven Gerrard items we have here at The Anfield Shop.
The domination that could have been. I have seen this team lineup before… Luis Suarez partnered up with Fernando Torres up top with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso dominating the midfield. It wasn’t a dream. Honest. It was when I continued to play my FIFA season from EA Sports FIFA 2011. Now at the end of the month my video game roster becomes a reality and then some when the Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star Charity Match happens at Anfield on March 29th. Well and then some, when you put in John Terry alongside John Arne Riise and Frenchman Thierry Henry in the starting 11 to bolster the attack. I know… right? Check out Gerrard’s starting 11:
Gerrard’s XI: Brad Jones; John Arne Riise, John Terry, Stephen Warnock; Ryan Babel, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard (C), Kevin Nolan; Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Thierry Henry
Jamie Carragher’s team is pretty fierce as well. Pepe Reina returns to man the sticks with Alvaro Arbeloa at his side, passing it up to Luis Garcia and Raul Meireles with Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy creating havok and space for Didier Drogba to attack. Not bad either. Here is Carragher’s starting 11:
Speaking of the man with the great golf swing… Haha… As each player got the invite, their social media spread the word. My favorite’s was an old rivalry within the club. John Arne Riise’s tweet about his upcoming match against Bellamy had to be my favorite out of all the former Anfield stars.
I think it will be team Gerrard by a landslide. Who do you think has the stronger team going into the All Star Charity match? It is great to dream what could have been. Terry clearing it to Gerrard, to Alonso out to Suarez blistering down the left. He crosses to Henry flicked by Torres… Goal. Or Carragher to Meireles. He finds Kuyt on the right. Kuyt through ball to Bellamy, who strikes it off Riise’s head, rebounded to Drogba and past Jones for a wild goal. Haha… a man can dream.
So who’s team takes it? Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher? Let us know via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop
Here at The Anfield Shop we work hard to keep bringing you the latest and newest official merchandise for Liverpool FC. We keep our selection of official Liverpool merchandise fresh, with new arrivals every day. That is something that no other club is doing for their North American fans scouring the internet for their club’s merchandise. Our latest arrivals of official t-shirts will keep your love for LFC casual, yet stylish as you walk around town. In honor of our captain Steven Gerrard, here are the top 8 newest official Liverpool FC t-shirts now available at The Anfield Shop.
After our 2-1 victory over Manchester City the top 4 is within our reach. Today we go again as we play hosts to Burnley FC at Anfield in order to stretch our unbeaten run to 12 matches in the league. Do you think Liverpool FC will finish in the top 4, or even 3 or higher if the rest of the league leaders continue to slip up? Let us know via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop
In a bold move by manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool started the match on the road at St. Mary’s without striker in the line-up. As it turned out Liverpool didn’t need one to see of a hard fighting Southampton. Goals by Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling guaranteed Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Southampton. This victory extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games. Taking a look at the table, they also sit only three points from third place.
Taking a look at the upcoming schedule, Liverpool play Manchester City, Burnley (who drew versus Chelsea), an FA Cup quarterfinal against Rovers, Swansea (who beat Manchester United), Manchester United followed by Arsenal. Liverpool is still alive in the Europa League as well, thanks to Mario Balotelli’s penalty versus Beskitas (I’ll take it). The rest of March is pivotal to whether we are celebrating the continued momentum of Steven Gerrard’s final season with Liverpool, versus hoping the rest of the league is struggling as well to keep their ship afloat into May. The way the youthful core of Liverpool is playing with Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho creating the chances, I like our odds.
*Raising my pint glass*
Here’s to a keeping big momentum on our side. Top four or bust, let’s get back in the Champions League next season, eh? …and let’s bring home some silverware for Gerrard’s last run. You’ll Never Walk Alone!
The Anfield Shop wants to know if you thing we’ll be bringing home silverware this season, in either the FA Cup or Europa League. Do you think we’ll finish in the top 4? Let us know via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop
The midweek Champions League 0-3 trouncing of Liverpool at Anfield by Real Madrid was certainly the litmus test letting us know exactly how the LFC squad measures up. The reigning champions of Europe marched right into Anfield and only needed 45 minutes to prove their point, underlined by three clinical goals. The applause that Christiano Ronaldo received for his masterful display when was substituted, was Anfield’s tip of the cap to the better side that day. It has been a rough month for Liverpool and our place in the Premier League table as well as in our ECL group shows the uphill battle LFC now has before them.
Real Madrid now sits on top while Liverpool sits in third place in Group B behind PFC Ludogorets Razgrad due to goal differential. All three teams under Madrid, including FC Basel 1893 only have 3 points through one round of Champions League play. All is not lost, as long as LFC gets results in their next go around with Group B, especially against Basel and Ludogorets. Social media went into a panic after the Real Madrid game. While a lot of the points raised from the posts and tweets were arguably valid, one thing Liverpool fans need to take into perspective is be grateful that we are finally included in the discussion about Champions League football. Things could be worse… we could be Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspurs on the outside looking in.
Speaking of Manchester United, we are currently sitting right on top of them on the EPL table. So all is not lost. It is a long season, with plenty of time to right the ship. While catching the juggernaut that Chelsea FC is this season seems like a reach, finishing in the top four at campaign’s end is still an attainable goal. Not only attainable, but a gauge of a successful season or not for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. To not be in the Champions League football equation next season would not only be a major disappointment, but may weigh heavy into considering the future of Steven Gerrard with Liverpool.
Plus the panic that everyone is starting to have about the EPL campaign is a little premature. We are sitting above United and are currently out of the top 4 only by goal differential as we sit tied with West Ham on points. Granted Chelsea is 9 points clear, but let’s not split hairs here. As soon as Liverpool pushes to the top half of the top four, then we can start the discussion on what needs to happen to catch up with Jose Mourinho and the lads at Chelsea.
The eventual return of Daniel Sturridge will boost LFC’s goal scoring ability, and hopefully in turn finally open Mario Balotelli‘s Premier League goal scoring account. The transfer window is right around the corner, and Rodgers and company are well aware of the gaping holes in depth that Liverpool have. I’m optimistic. You should be too. “At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky.”
What, LFC worry? Are you worried about the state the squad at Liverpool? Let us know at the Anfield Shop via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlogplus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop
It is starting to happen with more frequency, but you know that feeling you get when you see a Liverpool FC jersey walking down the street or through town? Let’s make that happen on our freeways, highways and city streets. The Anfield Shop just received a new selection of LFC Car Accessories. We have a wide selection of Liverpool FC air fresheners, bumper stickers, decals, license plate frames and even a baby on board sign if you have a new LFC fan to the world.
This is of course in addition to our existing stock of LFC Car Accessories like magnets and stickers. Show your support of Liverpool FC on your local highways and byways. You’ll get the supportive smiles from your LFC family wherever you go. Granted you may get a few Arsenal, Chelsea, Citeh or United fans high beaming or cutting you off.
We have Tottenham tomorrow. Where are you going to be watching the match? The pub? Your house on the couch? Maybe rolling over to grab the remote and flipping on the television from your bed. Here in San Diego, we’ll be knocking down bangers, mash and beers at Princess Pub in Little Italy as always. Wherever you are, have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone. Here’s to three points against Tottenham. So stoked to see Super Mario line up on the pitch. Do you think he scores in his debut? I do. On Sunday… we go again.
Five more games left in the season and in four days time either Liverpool or Manchester City will hold the keys to their own destiny. We all know what is at stake this Sunday. All the papers are salivating for Sunday’s match. Most pundits are calling this match against City the ‘Biggest Match in 24 Years.” As much as I would like to agree with that statement, that Champions League match in Istanbul seemed like a really big match too. However, all of us Liverpool supporters are aware that a win Sunday, will keep the driver’s wheel in our hands.
Exciting… in’nit? Especially when you hear quotes from our captain like this:
“If you say to me now, ‘Beat Man City and you will win the title’, I think the answer would be ‘Yes.’ But all it will give us is three more points and that is what we plan to do,” Steven Gerrard said. “There will be four huge games after that. I’m not convinced just yet — we’ve got a very hard game next week. I think the message is to stay calm.”
Liverpool have not lifted the league title in 24 years. It was 1990. Some of the younger supporters at the pub were not even alive back then. I want to take Gerrard’s words to heart, but how can you stay calm? We are five matches away from the end of the season, and we are not in a race for 4th. We are going for the title ladies and gentlemen. Strap in, hang tough, hold tight… this Sunday will set the tone for the remainder of the 2013-2014 EPL season. I have hope in my heart. I know you all do too. Is our golden sky and sweet silver song of a lark at the end of a 24 year storm? We will have a better forecast discussion after Sunday.
Who is this is? My name is Randy Villarba, I am a writer and the local wordsmith for The Anfield Shop here in San Diego, CA. I wasn’t born a Scouser, I was baptized one later in life. From the west side of the USA, I follow our football club on the west side of the UK with passion. When I lived in England, I lived in the shadow of Highbury. We lived in North London and my home stay mom was from Liverpool. Her daughter was dating an Arsenal hooligan. The passion within that household ran the passion of football and Liverpool FC straight into my veins.