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Liverpool & Manchester City: Rumble in the Bronx

Liverpool Manchester City

Tonight is a true test for Liverpool FC as they are set to face last year’s EPL champions Manchester City in a rumble in the Bronx tonight at the iconic Yankee Stadium as the Guinness International Champions Cup continues. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that how LFC stacks up against City will determine the caliber of play they are currently at.

“The champions go into the next season as favourites and rightly so,” Rodgers said in the Liverpool Echo.”City were the most consistent team and they pipped us to the title by a couple of points. They will be the benchmark for us. I’m really looking forward to this season and hopefully we can have a similar if not more successful season.

The goal scoring tally of last season’s SAS is a tall order to repeat, but Rodgers looks very optimistic about the building partnership between Kop favorite Daniel Sturridge and new signing Rickie Lambert. He also knows that Liverpool fans are craving another influential signing up front, and hinted that they are still in the market for another striker.

“I looked at the combinations today in training between Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert and they were exceptional,” said Rodgers. “Rickie already looks very comfortable in the group and we’ll also look to bring another striker in if possible.”

It’s almost August. With only two more matches on the 2014 US Tour, the EPL season is almost upon us. Rodgers had these kind words to say about their tour here in America.

“We have been welcomed with real warmth here in America and the facilities are excellent,” said Rodgers. “This trip is going to provide us with a great platform for this season.”

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You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
Anfield Shop Wordsmith

For Liverpool Fans. By Liverpool Fans.

 

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Lovren Joins Lallana & Lambert at Liverpool

Getty ImagesLiverpool continued their raid of Southampton by completing the signing of defender Dejan Lovren. This £20m signing makes him the most expensive transfer for a defender in Liverpool history.

“I played there last season in front of the crowd singing, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone'” said Lovren. “That is something very special for every player, every sportsman and every fan. I can’t wait to get started. I’m a player that will give 100 per cent and I want to show that to the supporters because they deserve to see players who give 100 per cent. I know it is going to be something special to play in front of the fans at Anfield and I can’t wait.”

Lovren is going to have a couple familiar faces in the Liverpool locker room to help with the transition, as he is the third signing following the fire sale at St. Mary’s Stadium after Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert signed earlier in the transfer window. The shoring up of LFC’s defense was made a top priority by Brendan Rodgers and throwing down the cash for Lovren supports that.

“We need to be better,” Brendan Rodgers he said in the Liverpool Echo. “The attacking side has nothing to do with the team conceding stupid goals… We conceded a lot of poor goals due to bad individual mistakes last season. That is something that Dejan’s leadership can certainly help us with.”

Rodgers is right, there are separate aspects to defense and attacking. Luis Suarez leaving had placed increased pressure on the attack of LFC to score goals. Lallana was supposed to be a puzzle piece to help fill the void when he signed over from Southampton for £25m, but his 6 week injury has most of the Liverpool faithful concerned. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder suffered a knee injury at Liverpool’s Harvard base in Boston on Thursday.


Liverpool reported Lallana damaged the LCL, lateral collateral ligament. As we sit less than a month from the season, we are left wondering about if LFC will pony up the money for at least one more massive signing with the goal record we are longing for.

Liverpool 2014 Tour

Guinness International Cup Begins

Liverpool started the Guinness International Cup with a 1-0 victory over Olympiakos at Chicago’s Soldier Field. After a 0-1 loss to Roma at Fenway in Boston, starting this preseason cup with a win was vital. Next up Yankee Stadium in New York against league champions Manchester City is on the horizon and Charlotte, North Carolina against AC Milan after that. The low goal scoring matches has us anticipating the moment LFC starts placing the ball in the net, and with frequency. I cannot help but be crying for more goals after the lot down the road scored 7 against the Galaxy… albeit a MLS squad, it shows that LFC needs to get this machine into high gear. The match against City will be the true test of the pace that Liverpool will go into this EPL season.

How do you think Liverpool is doing so far on the 2014 US Tour? Did you go out to Boston or Chicago to support LFC? Are you headed to New York or Charlotte? We want to see you LFC faithful supporting our squad. Post your photos on social media, tag @anfieldshop and use the #AnfieldShop to engage with us online.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
Anfield Shop Wordsmith

For Liverpool Fans. By Liverpool Fans.

Liverpool FC, LFC, Boston

LFC US Tour, Third Kit & Suarez

Liverpool FC, LFC, BostonDoes anyone else have a football hangover with the conclusion of this World Cup? Don’t you know the best cure for a football hangover is… yup you guessed it, more football.

Oh When The Reds…Go Marching In…
Liverpool FC is coming to the states in less than two weeks to kick off their preseason International Champions Cup tour of the United States with a match at the iconic Fenway Park in Boston, MA on July 23rd. It will be a rematch against Roma, who had bested them at their debut in Boston a couple years back. From there, LFC will match up against Olympiacos at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the 27th. On July 30th, LFC will play league champions Manchester City at the house that Steinbrener built, Yankee Stadium, closing out their summer tour in Charlotte, NC at Bank of America Stadium against AC Milan on August 2nd.

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Warrior Releases LFC’s 3rd Kit
On July 7th, we finally caught a glimpse of the 3rd kit we would be wearing during our first Champions League campaign in a few years. Liverpool fan favorite and Champions League hero Luis Garcia had this to say about our 3rd kit.

“I love the way this shirt looks,” said Garcia. “The red collar on the black shirt gives it a very stylish look and as always, Warrior has incorporated the best material and details to keep players comfortable whilst playing.”

I love the new kits. Being an San Diego State University Alumni, I can easily see myself rocking the new kit at the Aztecs games… and if fate smiles upon me, when I make it to Anfield Road. What do you think of the new kits ladies and gentlemen? Let us know on social media, either via twitter or on Facebook.

Gerrard Bids Farewell to Luis Suarez on Instagram

With Luis Suarez headed to Barcelona, he has left all of us Liverpool FC faithful split on his departure. Our captain Steven Gerrard had these parting words to honor his former teammate on a post via Instagram

“On an emotional day for me would just like to say what a pleasure it has been playing with an amazing talent such as Luis. I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution on the pitch during his time @liverpoolfc and to wish him and his family all the best on his new adventure in Spain. #lfclegend”

One thing to keep in mind, it was Suarez’s masterful season last year that helped LFC get over the hump and shake the Champions League monkey off our back. Many of us are wondering what could have been, had SAS remained intact. It was amazing to watch such masterful football from Suarez, I will miss the Kop singing the familiar Depeche Mode melodies when number 7 took over the game. At this moment, I stand by my captain thanking Luis for his service and now on to the next season. No player is bigger than the club. It’ll be interesting to see what the LFC brass has planned for that pretty penny we received for Suarez. So far we have Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can… and this just in… Lazar Markovic.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
Anfield Shop Wordsmith

For Liverpool Fans. By Liverpool Fans.

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

Keep Your Head Up LFC

"In Istanbul... we won it five times."

Keep Your Head Up LFC
by Randy Villarba

The barrage of “HA-HA’s” I received from my Chelsea and Manchester City friends was nauseating since Liverpool’s slip on Sunday versus Chelsea. It has taken me a few days to bring myself back to a chipper level. Do you know what did it?

Seeing the Champions League merchandise roll back into the Anfield Shop. Champions League football is coming back to Anfield.  We accomplished what we wanted to do this season. (I can’t wait to sing, “…in Istanbul, we won it five times,” at the pub midweek. Or better yet, hear it being sung by the Kop Choir for the first time next season).

Seeing every LFC fan pick each other’s head up with, “Well, if we score 10 goals in the next two games and Miglonet clean sheets…” or with “I find it strange to be cheering for Everton this weekend but…” On social media, all our supporters have still been mostly positive looking towards these final weeks of the BPL.

At the beginning of the season we were still rebuilding. My aspirations for this season was simple; sort out the Luis Suarez situation ASAP, get back into the Champions League and finish better than Manchester United. Fourth place or bust. Look at where we are now. Luis Suarez is happy at Liverpool. We are still alive for the BPL title at the end of the season. We are back in the Champions League next season. My Manchester United friend owes me dinner for our bet on who would finish higher on the table.

The focus now is to win Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Win those games combined with hitting the net an ungodly amount of times, “…we’re going to win the league.”

If Everton plays spoiler (which we all know they are VERY capable of), we are back in the driver’s seat for the title. I always pray for Liverpool to score goal after goal after goal. Now I find myself cheering for the lot across of the Merseyside. A weird end to the season, in’nit?

Keep your head up LFC. Go Everton. (Cough… cough). Sorry. It still feels funny saying that. We Go Again. Make Us Dream. Believe.

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

Biggest Match in 24 Years?

Biggest Match in 24 Years?
by Randy Villarba

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.

COME ON LIVERPOOL! BEAT CITEH!

YNWA!
Randy Villarba

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.

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