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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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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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Again With The International Breaks

Liverpool had three familiar faces in the England national team lineup in a 3-1 victory over Slovenia this past weekend as Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all started for Roy Hodgson’s squad on Saturday night. The victory kept England in the drivers seat and on top of Group E for Euro 2016.

The Liverpool lads had a solid showing, and found themselves involved in a couple of the goals. Henderson played the full 90 and found the net in the 57th with a header… unfortunately an own goal. Lallana almost hit the target, but fortunately for England his shot rebounded to the feet of Danny Welbeck who finished the attack with the goal. Both Lallana and Sterling were substituted later in the match. LFC’s Rickie Lambert was also on hand as a substitute for the match, but remained on the sidelines.

For team England, it was all smiles. However with Italy, it was another reminder of how the international breaks can hinder a club. Mario Balotelli left the Italy squad this past week and was sent back to Merseyside with a hamstring injury. Luckily this appeared to be a minor injury, as all reports have Balotelli returning to the lineup to possibly face Crystal Palace. Another good sign that things might finally be steering in the right direction is the fitness of Daniel Sturridge. Perhaps we can finally see what this partnership can do if both are fit for this weekend. Brendan Rodgers certainly wants to get those two on the same page, as a few pundits have put him on the hot seat. I stand behind Rodgers, but we can all agree if the results continue to elude LFC… the hot seat isn’t too far away.

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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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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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These Are The International Breaks

Liverpool FC was ready to take the momentum from last month’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham, but a week of International duty has LFC fans moaning what happened this past week. I know it was for Euro 2016 qualifiers and to represent England is a great honor, so it is not something that is going away. As much as I was loving International football over the summer with World Cup, this past week reminded me of why I loathe the International break.

The Good…

Danny Welbeck was grateful to be on the field with Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert, as opposed to the times he’s lined up against them for Arsenal. England over Switzerland in Basel 2-0. Sterling was brilliant. He threatened to score twice and had a sweet assist from the left to the Gunners’ Danny Welbeck in the 58th. Lambert was brought on for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney in the 90th and displayed great vision by finding Welbeck in stoppage time with a clever through ball.

The Bad…

Some might be thinking that Roy Hodgson may still be holding some kind of grudge after losing the post at Anfield after two of our key players got injured under his watch. (I know it is not entirely Hodgson’s fault, but let me rant here… haha.) When reports of Henderson Jordon receiving a knock and limping off with an ankle injury on Sunday hit the wire, Liverpool fans already dealing with Daniel Sturridge’s injury last week were asking, “What next?” That was all before Hendo featured a full 90 in his England duties. So it wasn’t completely bad.

The Ugly

The injury that Sturridge received last Friday in training will keep him out for up to three weeks. Certainly missing this weekend’s match versus Aston Villa, Liverpool’s return to the Champion’s League next week, Sturridge is now in a race to get his hamstring fit in time for the derby versus Everton. Ugly indeed.

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It’s Liverpool’s Season To Believe

After Liverpool handled Borussia Dormund 4-0 in their final preseason match I am excited for the season. We are only days away from the EPL kickoff and the energy behind this season is palpable. Our captain Steven Gerrard will rally Liverpool onto the pitch with the same leadership we have all grown to love. He has lifted many trophies in his career. But we all know the one that escapes his personal C.V. The Premiership Title.

Pundits are starting to question how Liverpool can cope with the loss of top scorer to Barcelona. Brendan Rodgers was a busy man in the transfer window as he brought in a lot of new faces to help fortify his campaign this season. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren in the Southampton raid. Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen, Lazar Markovic from Benfica and now Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid. Divock Origi will continue to develop another year at Lille.

Of course with the incoming, some of our players are playing on other squads to get some playing time while others have have moved on. We all know where Suarez went. With Simon Miglonet in goal, Pepe Reina transfered to Germany with Bayern Munich. Connor Coady is now with Huddersfield Town. Luis Alberto is on loan in Malaga, while Iago Aspas is on loan to Sevilla.  Andre Wisdom and Brad Smith are loaned out to West Brom and Swindon Town respectively. Liverpool also released Michael Ngoo, Stephen Sama.

Liverpool’s core still remains the same. If you look at the team that challenged Manchester City to the title last year we still have Daniel Agger, Philippe Coutinho, Jose Enrique, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Martin Skrtel Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure.

Of course this brings us to Steven Gerrard. If there was a storybook ending to this man’s career, this is the season to do it. This is the season to believe. Liverpool can win the title this year. Liverpool was not able to do it for Jamie Carragher, but we must for Steven Gerrard. God is on our side… literally Robbie Fowler is with us again as a Liverpool FC Ambassador. The season is upon us. We go again. This time, we take the league.

I feel it this season. Do you, the Liverpool faithful… believe that this season we will win the league? We are back in the Champions League. Are you ready for that? What do you think our chances are this season? Where do you think we’ll finish. Which signing is the next piece in the foundation of Liverpool?  Anfield Shop wants to know what you think? Enage with us. Post your photos on social media, tag @anfieldshop and use the #AnfieldShop to engage with us online.

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