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Robbie Fowler Selects His Legends: No LFC or England Players

If you did not know, today is God’s birthday… the legend, the one, the only Robbie Fowler. Well loved by Liverpool Football Club, Fowler netted 183 goals in 369 matches for his squad from 1991 – 2001 and for his second coming in the 2006-2007 squad. For England he was capped 26 times finding the net 7 times. When EA Sports & X-Box asked him to select his Legends XI team, you would figure one of his former LFC teammates would make the cut. Nope. Perhaps one of his England comrades? Nope. Come to think of it, the only England international mentioned was Gary Neville and we all know he played for the lot down the road.

Sigh… God, why have you forsaken us?

All kidding aside, if given the chance to select your squad who would you choose for your starting Legend XI? Here’s my starting 11.

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel

Backline: Franz Beckenbauer, Fabio Cannavaro, Phillip Lahm & Sergio Ramos

Midfield: Arjen Robben, Zinedine Ziadane, Steven Gerrard, Lionel Messi

Attack: Pele, Luis Suarez

At least Gerrard made it into my team (solves the LFC & England snubs). So many players to consider… it wasn’t easy for me. I did toy with the likes of Jamie Carragher on the back line. Fernando Torres in his prime, Xabi Alonso or even Javier Maschereno… Craig Bellamy & Fowler would definitely be on the team if I considered my favorite goal celebrations.

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Randy Villarba
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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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Jordan Rossiter: Who is This Lad?

Jordan Rossiter first joined Liverpool’s youth system at age six and eleven years later he made a dream debut for the first team squad in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup third round match against Middlesbrough. Rossiter’s 30 yard strike from distance was on a low laying rope from fate when he pounced on Rickie Lambert’s rebounded shot.

“It was brilliant. I’m made up,” said Rossiter in the Liverpool Echo. “To score on my debut, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It’s a dream come true to be honest.”

“I got told by the manager at training on Monday that I’d be starting. I was a bit shocked but I couldn’t wait to get out here.”

When the ball hit the net in the 11th minute, it spelled relief not only for the fans at Anfield, but the pressure on the shoulders of a 17 year old lad. The joy on Rossiter’s face when he scored was a well welcomed highlight for LFC fans. When he celebrated and jumped in the air, it seemed like he may never land. Rossiter put in a solid 79 minutes of play before being substituted to a well deserved round of applause from the Anfield faithful.

“I was a bit nervous but playing with some of the best players in the world helped,” said Rossiter. “I was speaking to a few of the senior players before kick-off who just told me to enjoy it. It was a great opportunity for me and they helped me through.”

The emotion on Rossiter’s face was priceless. It reminded me why I love this game. At age 17 I was listening to punk rock, questioning authority and staring university right in the eyes. At 17, Rossiter became Liverpool’s second youngest scorer behind Michael Owen. Rossiter has a solid future of Anfield within his grasps. Not to get too hyped up on the lad early… we have seen plenty of promising young starlets come and go through Liverpool’s Academy. We can only hope what we have seen of this kid is a sign of things to come.

“I can’t even explain it. I can’t even remember what happened,” Rossiter said. “I’m looking forward to getting home and watching it on the TV. To score at Anfield is just a great feeling.”

“I thought he was excellent, showed really good composure, his temperament was good and he followed up the finish really well, because it wasn’t an easy one, he had to play it through bodies,” Rodgers said in a Sky Sports interview.

There are so many topics of discussion, disappointment and news hitting the wire about our beloved Liverpool. Liverpool’s surprise struggle to hit the net until the last moment against Ludogrets in our Champions League debut. Let’s try to put the struggle to find the goal against Aston Villa after Gabriel Agbonlahor’s goal at Anfield (even though we dominated possession) behind us. West Ham United last weekend…. ugh… enough said.  Liverpool’s goal struggles continued against Middlesbrough (until the penalty kicks, of course).  Sadly, now the recent reports that LFC was named as one of the squads by the UEFA financial fair play investigation. Just for today, let’s put our worries on hold and focus on the young lad that had goal number one in Liverpool’s 14-13 win over Boro.

“I know I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep on improving. If I do that then hopefully I’ll get more appearances in the future,” said Rossiter.

With Liverpool’s match against Everton this weekend, we should mention that Rossiter grew up in the Everton Valley and actually was a childhood Everton fan. Before you break out the torches, so were Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush. Speaking of Fowler… God was the first person to say that Rossiter had the potential to be the next Steven Gerrard, after he watched him in the 2013 NextGen series against Inter Milan.

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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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Liverpool FC 2014-2015 Away Kit

What We Learned In Ireland

Liverpool FC 2014-2015 Away Kit

Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez sporting the new Liverpool FC 2014-2015 away kit from Warrior Football. #DEMAND

Earlier this month we caught another glimpse of the depth building at Liverpool when the squad took a trip to Ireland and dismantled Shamrock Rovers at Aviva Stadium 4-0. Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Jack Dunn all fired into the goal. We also caught our first glimpse of the new away kit that Liverpool Football Club will be wearing in the 2014-2015 season.

The #DEMAND campaign has started.  The Liverpool FC kit is a classic yellow, with red crest, logos and trim. Warrior Football has no doubt looked back through the LFC archives and film reels, catching that LFC lifts silverware when they sport a yellow away kit. Think back to 2001. But do not just take my word for it, take the word God instead.

“The one I like which is very similar to this one is when I came back in 2007,” said God, our own Robbie Fowler.

“If you think back to when we were successful and when we were winning trophies, you always think of yellow kits.”

We are all seeing the commanding image of LFC captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez proudly wearing the form fitting kit.

Suarez, Golf Swings and Spaniards

Speaking of Suarez, that day also put a little water on the transfer coals regarding this off season, when pertaining to leaving Liverpool for a specific team. Sky Sports had brought up Barcelona and Real Madrid in an interview with Suarez. His reply calmed the nerves of the Liverpool faithful, as we are all fearing the moment Spain splashes cash on us at Merseyside.

“I don’t want to answer that,” said Suarez. “I try to avoid press speculation.”

“I know what I want and what my agent says is good for me, but I don’t want to comment on speculation.”

“I didn’t sign any contract with clauses prioritizing a certain team.”

Suarez still has not said he will not leave… However, after the magic of last season. He would be hard pressed to leave the team before they reach their full potential. We are playing Champions League football, aiming for the Six Pack. We are pushed for the title down the stretch, in what was supposed to be another rebuilding season. As long as Brendan Rodgers fills in the squad in properly, I’m sure we will still be singing to the tune of Depeche Mode when Suarez hits the pitch next campaign.

A couple days ago we also saw the retirement of former LFC forward, Craig Bellamy. Thank you for the memories Bellamy. His time on the starting 11 may have been short with Liverpool, but I always admired his fearless tenacity on and off the pitch. I think we all did. Well not John Arne Riise… Fore! (Sorry… I couldn’t resist).

Next season’s end, it will mark the ten year mark of Liverpool FC’s triumph in Istanbul over AC Milan. Our old friend Xabi Alonso was there, and he has been in the news recently, spreading the love as he recalled playing for Liverpool, Champions League 2005 and the magic of the Anfield. Some are even speculating a return to the Merseyside for Alonso. Imagine next season’s campaign; Champions League football, and Alonso back in red. Anything is possible this summer. “Anything is possible!!!”

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
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Justice For The 96! Hillsborough, we will never forget.

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
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