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Top 8 Steven Gerrard Merchandise Items

Steven Gerrard, Gerrard, Liverpool, Liverpool FC, LFC, Anfield Shop

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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You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Randy Villarba
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Gerrard Raises the 2005 Champions League Trophy after a legendary comeback against AC Milan

Where Were You When Liverpool Won It Five Times?

Gerrard Raises the 2005 Champions League Trophy after a legendary comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul

Gerrard Raises the 2005 Champions League Trophy after a legendary comeback against AC Milan in Istanbul

Today is the nine year anniversary of Liverpool FC’s triumphant come from behind victory against the heavily stacked Italian side AC Milan. On May 25th, 2005, ‘in Istanbul… we won it 5 times.’

Do you remember where you were that day? Were you at the pub? Were you following the updates online? Were you watching at home? I was at work, so I had to record the match. All I had to do was avoid all news websites, social media and texts and phone calls from my friends, in order to watch the Champions League final on tape delay. The results were already in the books by the time I got home and pressed play. I remember that day so vividly, I can retell the story like a DVR.

The game had not even reached the first minute when only 52 seconds in, Paolo Maldini netted the fastest goal ever scored in a UEFA Champions League Final. Two more shots to the heart landed via Hernan Crespo. LFC was down 0-3. Rafa Benitez and our lads dug down deep. I can still see our talismanic Steven Gerrard pretty much will the ball into the goal in the 54th.

Vladimir Smicer gave us hope by scoring two minutes later. We knew we were witnessing magic when in the 60th minute, Xabi Alonso hit the equalizer with a rebound shot after Dida saved the shot from the penalty spot. Liverpool in the span of six minutes, Liverpool was level. We had stunned not only Carlos Ancelotti and AC Milan, but the world. They played the remaining 30 minutes and stoppage time. They played to the 120th minute in a goalless extra time battle.

The energy watching this match was unworldly. I was sitting on the edge of my couch with complete tunnel vision. This was amazing. Momentum was on our side. Destiny was in our corner. The penalty shootout was next. There was a part of me that was still uneasy leading up to the shoot out, but I could not place my finger on it.

In 2005, I had received my first DVR. I had the foresight to add a little bit of extra time to the DVR, in the event that match went to extra time. I was glad I did. Dida versus Jerzy Dudek, this was going to be epic. Just as the penalty shootout was about to start, my DVR stopped playing the match, and the screen froze. The recording was over. The ‘Would you like to save or erase’ menu popped up.

I screamed bloody murder at the top off my lungs.

I had given ample room on the DVR to watch AC Milan and Liverpool battle the 120+ minutes on the pitch. What I did not take into consideration was the possibility of penalties. Since this was 2005, ESPN and FSC were not replaying the match highlights at the time I got back from work. I had to call my friend to describe what happened. After he stopped laughing at me, his description of the shootout sent chills through my spine. I could still vicariously feel the energy of the match as he described Dudek’s heroics. I have never made the mistake of allowing DVR space for extra time, penalties and post game match reports.

Now I know (…and knowing is have the battle. G.I. Joe!). One thing we all know, is we became champions of Europe that day. So where were you on May 25th, 2005? Feel free to share your stories with us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you would love to relive the match with your own personal copy, we do have the Champions of Europe 2005 DVD and the 2005 Champions League Final & Season Review DVD available at the Anfield Shop.

 

 

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Randy Villarba
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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
Anfield Shop Wordsmith

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