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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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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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Randy Villarba
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Liverpool and Manchester: A Tale of Two Cities


Liverpool and Manchester: A Tale of Two Cities

by Randy Villarba

T’was the best of times, t’was the worst of times… it was the age of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, it was the age of David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. We had everything before us at the end of the season, we had nothing before us at the beginning. We were all going direct to a heaven we have not seen in 24 years, we were all going direct the other way.  In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest Kopites insisted on its being received. For Liverpool or for Manchester, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

It was a season that made us dream. A few weeks back, Liverpool FC fans thought we were going to win the league. Anfield was a choir of blind confidence and faith. We felt the emotion, the energy… After 24 years, on the anniversary of Hillsborough, everything was supposed to be lining up. But now… down the road at Manchester, they are singing songs about winning the title.

When LFC dropped the ball, City took it to the box and scored. Many of the pundits have blamed that slip against Chelsea. Others the stumble with Crystal Palace down the stretch. You could rewind the tape to the Christmas gift we gave Hull. I blame no one. Even though we did not win the league, this season was still a success. The trophy may be vaulted down the road, and the songs of the other city may reign this off season. But at least it isn’t being celebrated at Old Trafford. Congratulations to Manchester City… we will see you in New York this summer at Yankee Stadium. Liverpool FC hits the United States in a Summer pre-season tour with matches in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago and NYC for the International Champions Cup.

Brendan Rodgers was awarded the League Managers Association’s Manager of the Year Award for guiding LFC to second. Luis Suarez is, and remains a solid foundation to the Liverpool squad. The support of the fans, manager and players behind him have pretty much put the fire out on his preseason desires to force LFC out of his contract. Add Daniel Sturridge into the fold and we watched the birth of one of the most prolific duos in the game today in SAS. We are a legitimate contender for the title next season, no question.

Finishing second in league means we overachieved the aim for fourth. We are Champions League bound ladies and gents. We may have not lifted the title… but we did raise our confidence and expectations. We are not aiming for 4th place next year. We are aiming for silverware. We are aiming for trophies. We are aiming to win the league. This season Liverpool got its swagger back. We go again next season. We are Liverpool tra la la la la…

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Randy Villarba
Anfield Shop Wordsmith

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