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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.

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Top 8 Steven Gerrard Merchandise Items

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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.

8. Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool Story

7. Liverpool Super 8 T-Shirt

6. Steven Gerrard Testimonial Program

5. Official Liverpool FC Ladies Gerrard Hero T-Shirt

4. Official Liverpool FC Gerrard Scarf

3. Official Liverpool FC Steven Gerrard Celebration T-Shirt

2. Istanbul Trophy Canvas signed by Steven Gerrard

 

1. Official Liverpool FC Adult Home Steven Gerrard S/S Shirt Jersey 14/15

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Steven Gerrard vs Jamie Carragher All-Star Charity Match

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:

Carragher’s XI: Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Jamie Carragher, Alvaro Arbeloa, Luis Garcia, Raul Meireles, Jonjo Shelvey, Craig Noone, Dirk Kuyt, Didier Drogba, Craig Bellamy.

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

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New Official Liverpool T-Shirts At The Anfield Shop

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.

8. Official Liverpool FC Icon T-shirt

7. Liverpool FC Way T-shirt

6. Liverpool FC Wordmark T-shirt

5. Liverpool Pennant T-shirt

Official Liverpool FC Pennant T-Shirt

4. Steven Gerrard Collection Limited Edition T-shirt

Official Liverpool FC Steven Gerrard Collection Limited Edition T-Shirt

 3. Liverpool FC Ladies Stripe Shirt

Official Liveprool FC Ladies Stripe T-Shirt

2. Liverpool FC Grey Wolf T-shirt

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1. Steven Gerrard Celebration T-shirt

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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

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Liverpool On A 10 Game Unbeaten Run In The Premier League

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!

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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 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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You’ll Never Drive Alone With LFC Car Accessories

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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.

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