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First Look at Steven Gerrard In A LA Galaxy Kit

The video game company EA Sports gives us the first look at what Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard looks like in a LA Galaxy kit. We still have some time with Gerrard at Liverpool, but The Anfield Shop came across this short video from FIFA 2015 on our feeds and felt inclined to share with all of you.

I have to admit as a San Diegan I have never supported any LA sports franchise. The words “Beat LA” have been drilled into my head as soon as I realized the energy and passion behind who you support in sports. That being said… I am still debating whether or not to buy a Gerrard kit from the Galaxy. However, I do know I will be keeping tabs on the Galaxy going into next season more than I ever have, since the league began.

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Gerrard Leaving Anfield: 5 Things Liverpool Fans Still Have To Look Forward To

Steven Gerrard
695 games, 180 goals
1 Champions League
2 FA Cups
3 League Cups
1 UEFA Cup
2 UEFA Super Cups
1 Charity Shield

All good things must come to an end and sadly after this 2014-15 campaign, so does our time with Captain Fantastic… there’s only one Steven Gerrard. When social media started to whisper about Gerrard’s retirement, I first met it with the 5 stages of grief. I felt like a part of my Liverpool soul had just died.

But after making it to acceptance, I have realized that our time with Steven Gerrard over the past 15 years with the first team have been special. Liverpool fans bore witness to 17 seasons (15 top flight) and 695 games by Gerrard. His caps with the English national team stand at 114 appearances, third all time for England. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer have struck a deal and lightening rod of attention by prying Gerrard from Anfield. Great for US soccer, void created for English football and especially for Liverpool.

“My decision is completely based on my wish to experience something different in my career and life, and I also want to make sure that I have no regrets when my playing career is eventually over,” Gerrard said in the LA Times.

The mood around Liverpool fans is thankful, but still in shock. The let down of our return to the Champions League, followed by the inability to keep the pace with last season’s title hopes have the LFC faithful searching for the silver lining. Gerrard is here until May, but will be coming to the USA. We must look forward to the positive side of this happening. Here are 5 things that Liverpool fans can still look forward to.

5. Steven Gerrard playing for the MLS means that all of us Yankees get to see captain play in person next season. 

Although not ideal if you support a club that isn’t the LA Galaxy, Gerrard playing in the MLS allows us to see the LFC legend play the next two seasons. We have been supporting the man and chanting his name at the pubs and through various cable packages here in the US. I can’t help but be excited that he will be playing here in the states. I grew up chanting the words, “Beat LA!” With Gerrard stateside, I may have a change of heart.

4. It is finally time to see if Jordan Henderson truly is the man to wear the captain’s armband.

It is time to see if the time and money spent on Hendo will return like we all hope. With Gerrard leaving the midfield at LFC, Henderson has the reigns of the squad. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers develops Henderson’s role without Gerrard in the mix. To some extent we are starting to witness a bit of it this season.  All eyes will be on Henderson to fill those very big midfield shoes at Liverpool.

3. If healthy…Divock Origi is more than likely coming into the squad from Lille.

GET WELL SOON! Liverpool Echo reported today that Divock Origi sustained a groin injury and is currently undergoing an MRI. According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool will have to pay an additional £3m in addition to the £10m they paid for the Belgian striker, in order to bring him in from Lille this transfer window.

“No deal is yet in place with Lille but the initial discussions have been encouraging and Anfield officials are confident they will reach a successful conclusion.”

“Origi is desperate to begin his Liverpool career after enduring a torrid campaign in France.”

If he his healthy, Origi would be much needed relief for Daniel Sturridge, who returns from injury this month. Opinion is split whether or not the 19 year old needs more time to develop before being brought into the fold at Anfield. Yet, you remember how old Raheem Sterling was when he first featured for LFC’s first team.

2. The Daily Mail reports that Raheem Sterling is set to renew his contract at Liverpool with a new 5 year deal.

With all the speculation of the 20 year old England international leaving for Real Madrid or Manchester City, news out of the Merseyside about Sterling renewing his contract at Anfield is welcomed news. They are not out of the water, as pen has not been put to paper yet in regards to contract. However, the fact that the dialogue has finally been started about keeping Sterling home, has been a welcome sign to Liverpool fans. Gerrard’s exit would certainly rattle the owners into making sure the foundation of the team is still intact.

1. We have until May to sit back and admire the remaining matches we have with a legend. 

After a masterful brace against AFC Wimbledon today, Gerrard kept Liverpool in the FA Cup. Next up for LFC is Bolton Wanderers.

“I always enjoy the FA Cup,’ Gerrard said on BBC One. “I grew up loving the competition and as it’s going to be my last time, I want to make the most of it and try and go all the way.”

Liverpool is still in the Europa League as well. An article I read on the Metro summed up how if everything lines up in Gerrard and Liverpool’s favor, we will be in for quite a ride at the end of the season.

The Europa League final in Warsaw is three days before Gerrard’s 35th birthday. Gerrard’s birthday falls on the FA Cup final. Can you imagine if Liverpool take both trophies, what May will feel like for all of the Liverpool faithful. It all starts with a dream.

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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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Anfield Capacity Expansion to Over 54000

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Liverpool recently announced their plans to erect a 21,000 seat grand stand in an expansion of Anfield, raising its capacity to 54,000.

“Since Fenway Sports Group took ownership of the Club, we were committed to explore in depth all options for the future of Anfield Stadium,” said Chairman Tom Werner in the Liverpool Echo.

“We listened to fans, the community, partners, the Supporters’ Committee and key stakeholders involved in the Club,” Werner added.

“It was just over two years ago that we said our preference was to stay at Anfield and here we are today announcing that the expansion is going ahead. We have made more progress in the past two years than in the last decade.”

“Having experience of expanding Fenway Park and being through a similar and very successful project for the Red Sox, everyone at FSG is extremely proud and excited to be part of expanding Anfield Stadium.”

Watch LFC captain Steven Gerrard, manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive officer Ian Ayre give their thoughts on the news of Anfield’s expansion on the video above.

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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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Liverpool vs Chelsea – Live Commentary

Hello Liverpool fans, Randy Villarba from The Anfield Shop here. This is my delayed attempt to live comment on the LFC vs Chelsea match. I was supposed to meet the rest of LFC SD down at Princess Pub in Little Italy, but unfortunately I lost the battle with the snooze button. I will be updating my comments through the 90… but due to the fact I hit the snooze button one too many times this morning… we’ll be starting at the minute 16… WOW it’s already 1-1.

An 8th minute goal by Emre Can and a 13th minute goal by Gary Cahill of Chelsea… oh man I shouldn’t have hit snooze.

20th minute: I thought that was a handball… but it wasn’t. My eyes haven’t focused yet. My coffee is still brewing.

27th minute: I feel Anfield should be singing more…. oh wait. There goes the Kop Choir.

29th minute: So far we are 6 to 5 on shots compared to Chelsea.

31st minute: LFC has double the possession by the minute, at 21 minutes to Chelsea’s 10. Come on lads… we knew we had it in you.

34th minute: Even though we have more minutes in possession… I feel like we’ve been watching LFC in defense more. We’re watching too much of the ball in our own half the last quarter hour, it seems.

35th minute: Miglonet would be my man of the match so far, if he hadn’t let Cahill’s shot in… just saying. He’s been a wall stopping Chelsea’s advances.

43rd minute: Sterling gets hit with a forearm shiver… yet receives the yellow card. Puzzling.

Half-time: It’s 1-1, all even. I am now reminded of why I strongly dislike goal-line technology.

Upon finally seeing the replay of Emre Can’s goal during the halftime replays… golasso!

LFC has 56% possession to CFC’s %46. So far it’s keeping me on the edge of my couch and too nervous to eat breakfast.

Second half started… in the 47th minute and Chelsea is pressing right out of the gate.

48th minute: Ivanovic had his hands all over Sterling. Glad the ref got the right color kit on that foul.

50th minute: LFC seems to be on their heels backpedaling a lot. Chelsea is bring the heat… but the back line is still holding firm.

51st minute: Sterling streaking down the wing, unable to find Balotelli.

56th minute: LFC is being out shot 13 to 7 by Chelsea. Liverpool’s defense is holding tight, but so far can only muster counter attacks instead of building a possession attack.

58th minute: The Kop Choir sings, “Steve Gerrard… Gerrard…”

61st minute: Ivanovic is on the ground, play continues. Long ball to Balotelli… OFFSIDES!

64th minute: Balotelli has a blatant shove right in front of the ref. Yellow card.

66th minute: Chelsea on the attack… this doesn’t look good. Shot, blocked… rebound… sigh. Diego Costa goal. Liverpool trails 1-2. Sigh… still plenty of time in the game, but that felt like a gut punch. Come on LFC!

69th minute: A double sub with Borini and Allen on for Coutinho and Can. Twenty minutes and change lads. Prove something!

74th minute: great lob by Allen, to Borini… Henderson with the shot… deflected. Come on! Pressure LFC!

75th minute: Chelsea chant echoes inside Anfield. Anger rising…

77th minute: LFC corner… wait for it… Gerrard send it in… nothing.

78th minute: Lambert is on for Balotelli. A great effort from Balotelli, but no final ball in the Premier League.

81st minute: Liverpool is having a good run of possession, really starting to make Chelsea work. However, that final ball to the equalizer is still nowhere to be found.

86th minute: Tackle from behind, Diego Costa… yellow card.

87th minute: Gerrard with a bouncing strike…. HANDBALL by Cahill…. but of course no whistle. That was a clear penalty!

89th minute: Diego Costa is still on the grass.

90th minute: Five minutes of extra time. The game isn’t over lads and ladies.

Full time: Miglonet’s last touch sums up how this game went. I am going back to bed.

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Songs of the Kop Choir: 10 Liverpool FC Chants

Liverpool FC fans… We’ve had a rough month… okay rough 2014-15 campaign. That result against Newcastle at St. James park did not make waking up at 5:45am PST that much fun. Win, tie or lose (…although I think we all agree we would prefer a win), LFC is in my my veins. No sleep on match day mornings has been part of my weekend mornings since I came back from studying in England.

Even with the rough run we’ve had in the league as well as the Champions League and the Premier League campaign, I still love hearing the Liverpool songs chanted by the supporters. Whether it’s at Anfield or on the road, the support echoing around the pitch always made me proud to be a Liverpool fan.

Even when you find yourself in a LFC pub, the chants echoing off the walls always makes me smile. Other than the iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone, here is a look at 10 of The Anfield Shop’s favorite supporter chants via Kopoholic and ShowMeTheFootball on youtube.com

“In Istanbul… We won it 5 times.”

Fields of Anfield Road

Oh Liverpool We Love You

Steve Gerrard Chant

Brendan Rodgers

Daniel Sturridge Chant

Philippe Coutinho Chant

Mario Balotelli Chant

Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool

We’re Going To Win The League (Hopefully we can sing this one sooner than later… #MakeUsDream)

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Liverpool Faces Real Challenge

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.”

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