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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.

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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

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 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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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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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 Luis Garcia Champions League

Liverpool ECL Return: Roller Coaster Start

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“Five years is a long time, probably too long,” Brendan Rodgers said at Monday’s pre-match press conference.

After an extremely disappointing loss to Aston Villa at Anfield over the weekend, this week was the long awaited return for Liverpool to the European Champions League. Five years have passed since the midweek felt this good for a Liverpool fan.

“We want to be at the elite level and the Champions League is that,” said Rodgers

Hopping onto Twitter on Tuesday, former Liverpool player Luis Garcia summed up most Liverpool fan’s emotions from morning until match end on Tuesday in three consecutive tweets.

“Morning everybody. Champions League is Back at Anfield!”
Tuesday Liverpool’s long awaited return to the European Champions League was a roller coaster of emotions as Ludogorets proved quite a difficult puzzle for Brendan Rodgers to solve. Here you had five time champions of Europe at home at Anfield, going deep into the second half before scoring the first goal.

“#Sangriasong at Anfield… The goals are coming!!!”
The game seemed to be destined for a draw or heartbreaking 1-0 match when Mario Balotelli opened his account for LFC with his first goal on the Kop end. Like in every movie, you never take your finger off the trigger when standing over an adversary. Liverpool’s joy was silenced when Ludogorets equalized when Abalo was able to take advantage of Simon Mignolet off his line.

“Get in theeeeere!!!!! Those are captain Fantastic moments.
Thankfully you cannot stop fate, as a last minute mistake by Ludogorets keeper Milan Borjan’s stoppage time foul on Javier Manquillo drew the penalty needed for Gerrard to slot home his 40th European goal matters at the end of the match… results. After the match, Gerrard reached out to the fans and Balotelli on his Instagram account with these match and candid photos congratulating Balotelli on his first LFC goal.

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Steven Gerrard Instagram Liverpool LFC Ludogorets Champions League Mario Balotelli

From Luis Garcia to Steven Gerrard, engaging on social media is an awesome way to follow your favorite Liverpool players and fans. Even catch a glimpse of candid images we would never normally see. We are celebrating the result, but the ECL tournament continues. If LFC played like this against Ludogorets, how do you think there chances are against Real Madrid when they face each other? Especially after Real Madrid just dropped 5-1 against Basel. Liverpool has a lot of work to do. But as we all know… this match is over, time to move forward. #WeGoAgain What do you think LFC’s chances are of getting out of their group? Let us know at the Anfield Shop via Social Media by tagging us at @AnfieldShop & @AnfieldShopBlog plus use the hashtag #AnfieldShop

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