Sturridge scored a stunner for England

England v Montenegro - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Daniel Sturridge scored a stunning goal as England recorded a 3-0 friendly victory over Peru at Wembley on Friday night.

The Liverpool striker curled home the opener just after the half-hour mark, collecting a throw in from Anfield teammate Glen Johnson before skipping inside and clipping into the top corner over goalkeeper, Raul Fernandez:

The Reds duo were joined in the starting XI by Steven Gerrard, who skippered the team, and Jordan Henderson. Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, was introduced into the action as a second-half substitute.

Centre-backs Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka were England’s other scorers.

Afterwards, Sturridge said:

“It is not important about myself, it is about the team and our preparation; putting in a shift tactically and technically to be in the best shape for the first game.  It was difficult to be fair because they defended well and they were very compact.  We had worked very hard throughout the week and there wasn’t the match sharpness as much as we would have liked.  But it was great to be out there and we are happy with the result.”

Liverpool FC: Rickie Lambert fee agreed

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert, preparing for Friday night’s England first pre-World Cup friendly with Peru, is on the brink of signing for Liverpool in a deal worth £4m plus add-ons, with the striker understood to be desperate to join his hometown team, who rejected him as a 15-year-old.

Rickie Lambert is expected to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Saturday after an initial £4m fee was agreed with Southampton.  The Reds had a bid accepted for the 32-year-old and personal terms have been agreed.

Lambert, a lifelong Liverpool fan, was born and raised in Kirkby and was with Liverpool’s Academy from the age of ten, before director Steve Heighway told him, at the age of 15, that he would not make the grade. “I never hold any grudges. These things either make or break you,” Lambert reflected recently. “At the time he (Heighway)was quite right to let me go. I wasn’t good enough. I thought it was the end of the world.” After three subsequent appearances for Blackpool, Lambert was released in 2000 by then manager Steve McMahon.

The centre-forward, who is in England’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, scored 14 times last season for the Saints, who paid Bristol Rovers £1m for the player’s services in August 2009.

Since then he has become an established Premier League striker and scored on his England debut, notching with his first touch in international football after coming on as a substitute against Scotland in August 2013.

A powerful and strong player, Lambert is also a free-kick specialist and has an exceptional penalty record, having scored his past 34 spot-kicks and having never missed for Southampton.

In Lambert, the Reds would be getting a player who will be an excellent back-up to Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and he will see the move as a dream come true, being a boyhood fan and Liverpool-born, like Robbie Fowler returning to Anfield in 2006.

Lambert is a player who will add experience, professionalism and desire to the squad – a player with an excellent attitude, which will endear him to manager Brendan Rodgers. He’ll also add much-needed depth up front.  Attitude and the correct mentality are constantly mentioned by Rodgers and have become synonymous with Liverpool lately under the manger’s transformation of the club. Those attributes are what Lambert will also bring to the club.

He certainly offers more options from the bench than Rodgers has had in the past 12 months, and at that price would be a good buy for the club.  When Man United signed Teddy Sheringham in 1997, aged 31, it proved to be a superb move, and Lambert’s could be likewise for Liverpool.

Liverpool FC launch 2014/2015 training kit

LFC - Training Kit 2014-2015

Liverpool Football Club and award-winning airline Garuda Indonesia today revealed the Reds’ training range for next season during an event in Indonesia.

LFC legends Didi Hamann, Phil Thompson and Luis Garcia took the club’s Champions League trophy to Central Park mall to celebrate the team’s return to the competition, as well as the launch of Garuda Indonesia’s very-first direct flight into Europe.  The three European Cup-winning players unveiled the 2014-15 training kit, which will be worn by manager Brendan Rodgers and the squad, including Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Hamann said:

“Liverpool have been without Champions League football for five seasons until now. This is a very special moment for the club and fans.  What makes today extra special is that Garuda are launching their first direct flight to Europe so myself and the other former players will be taking the European Cup on that special flight.”

The national airline of Indonesia became the club’s Official Airline Partner in 2012.  Following the success of Liverpool’s 2013 pre-season tour to Asia and Australia, Garuda Indonesia decided to take their partnership with the Reds to the next level by becoming their training kit partner.

The Reds enjoy a massive fan base in Asia, and especially in Indonesia where the club has the biggest following of any local-language LFC Twitter account with more than 100,000 followers, along with the second biggest following on the club’s Facebook page (two million).

Check out the 2014-15 LFC Garuda Indonesia training range and pre-order now.

Liverpool FC reveal brand new away kit for 2014-15

Liverpool’s brand new Warrior away strip for the 2014-15 season was launched in Dublin this afternoon, ahead of the Reds’ post-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers.

Liverpool FC Away Kit 2014-2015

Brendan Rodgers believes that the revamped second strip is one ‘that fans and players will respond to’ – and there is little doubt that the club’s official kit supplier has captured the illustrious past with their latest offering.

The club’s official kit supplier has reinvigorated a classic in producing an iconic yellow strip that evokes memories of the Reds’ rich history – none more so than the FA Cup final success of 2001.

Featuring a range of contemporary design details and technical innovations, the revamped shirt, shorts and socks are engineered for superior performance.  A moisture-wicking War-Tech fabric uses responsive technology that helps keep players focused, while the four-way stretch mesh panelling under the arms and across the shoulders of the shirt facilitates optimum ventilation that allows for added comfort and temperature control in core heat areas, helping to regulate body temperature.

In line with the new home kit, which was unveiled in April and launched for sale earlier this month, a modern crew neck collar is designed for freedom of movement and comfort.  The main body of the kit, meanwhile, is dominated with a powerful yellow, with contrasting red cut and sewn panels that deliver a 360-degree design aesthetic, following the contours of the body.

Take a look through the slideshow below to see various members of the squad modelling the smart yellow design, which they will wear proudly at stadiums across the country throughout the next campaign.

Liverpool FC: Winning in Style

Brendan Rodgers - 1

With Manchester City failing to beat Sunderland Liverpool’s title dream is getting closer to reality with every passing day.

The Reds have some tricky must win fixtures ahead starting with Norwich, a home fixture against Chelsea, away to Crystal Palace and wrapping the season up with Newcastle United at Anfield.

Even though winning is all that matters during this stage of the season Rodgers wants his players to play the best football and remember the class and traditions of the club as they bid to win a 19th top-flight crown:

We will try to do it in the right way – I take great pride in winning in the most sporting way we can.  If you look at us we are top of the Premier League and we are top of the Fair Play League. We don’t surround referees. We want to win, but it shows you a mark of our behaviour.  They are the values of this club. It’s a club that has won many trophies in the past but had the humility and the class. One word I always had in my mind when I joined Liverpool is ‘class.’ So that is important to me – that those values are restored.  I believe you can’t affect refereeing decisions. Absolutely. There will be little bits of luck that go for and against you but I like to think as a sporting team and a team that’s trying to work well we’ve got our rewards this year.

With topping the Fair Play league and playing some of the finest football whilst scoring 100 plus goals Liverpool are worthy winner of the Premier league medal if they manage to pass the next four hurdles.

Revealed Liverpool FC’s new 2014-15 home kit

Liverpool Football Club today revealed their brand new Warrior home kit for the 2014-15 season.

The 2014-15 strip has been produced using War-Tech, Warrior’s signature apparel technology system, with benefits of the fabric including a highly breathable shirt as well as moisture-wicking to keep players dry.

Other new features incorporated by the club’s official kit supplier, Warrior, include a geometric LFC jacquard weave and a collar design that allows freedom of movement and comfort.

Liverpool FC Home Kit 2014-2015

The strip takes inspiration from the successful Reds era of the 1960s, a period when Bill Shankly switched the team’s colours to all-red and guided to the club to league and FA Cup glory.  Roger Hunt, a prolific member of the Scot’s all-conquering side, hailed the new design as it ensures that the players resemble ‘giants’.  The man who scored 286 goals for Liverpool commented:

“I played for Liverpool for over a decade and I remember the first time Shankly got the team in the all-red strip.  It’s great to see that 50 years on, Liverpool are still looking like giants in their all-red strip.”

Liverpool FC goalkeeper’s home jersey 2014-15

Liverpool FC Home Goalkeeper Shirt 2014-2015

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers added:

“The 1960s was such a defining era for this club – Roger Hunt, Ian St John, Ron Yeats – the list of Liverpool legends that played under Shankly goes on and on.  For the players to wear a shirt that has taken inspiration from such a successful period for the club can act as a reminder that they can bring those glory years back to Liverpool Football Club.”

Check out the Reds’ stars in their strip for next season:

The brand new 2014-15 home kit will be on sale from May 9, 2014.

“Liverpool will win the title” Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher - 2014

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season after the reds went top of the Premier League yesterday after thrashing Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield to take advantage on points dropped by main title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City

Carragher reckons there is a belief amongst the players and the fans that Brendan Rodgers’s side can claim a first Premier League title.

Manchester City, who trail Liverpool by four points have two games in hand and still remain the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Premier League.

Carragher told Monday Night Football:

“I think Liverpool will win it now.  The feeling before the weekend was ‘we’ve got a chance’, but those results and the intensity Liverpool played with on and off the pitch has changed that.  I’m talking about the crowd, I’m talking about the Kop. You heard the roar at the end of the game and you know something’s happening.  They are chanting for Brendan Rodgers throughout the game and I’ve never heard that before as much. They are normally singing Kenny Dalglish’s name or for Rafa Benitez a little bit, but it was all for the manager Brendan Rodgers.  After this game there is a major belief that Liverpool will go on and win the league. There’s a banner in the crowd now: ‘make us dream’ and I think they’re making the supporters believe now.  With the way they are playing – and the pace and energy they’ve got – it will be very difficult for Man City to go there and take three points.  I can only see Liverpool winning that game.”

If Liverpool continue to play the remaining of the 6 games in the same intensity and desire then we stand a great chance of winning the league – come on you reds!

Goals, goals and more goals

Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

Liverpool continued their season of great goal scoring with their sixth win in a row by smashing Cardiff City 6-3.

Suarez was at his brilliant best again on Saturday marking his third hat-trick of the season and with with just eight matches to play, Liverpool find themselves firmly in the race for a first league championship since 1990, being just four points behind the leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.  

Suarez and Sturridge (SAS) are the most prolific strike force in Europe, with Suarez now having scored 28 times this season.

Brendan Rodgers said:

“Luis is a remarkable player who has terrific determination, desire and will and he gets his rewards. He is world class player who is enjoying his football.  Look at the runs he makes and the determination to get himself back into position when he doesn’t get the ball.

Daniel (Sturridge) also shows that great desire. He’s strong and he worked so hard to get into the box to get on to the end of Luis’ cross. The back heel for Luis’ goal was outstanding too.

Wednesday will be a great night for us. We have five games at home and three away and for us it is about the immediate future.  The fans can believe in dreams and when you see your side score six goals, you are allowed to do that.”

Defending seems to be the only problem with the Reds now and I wonder whether the carelessness at the back is due to the overconfidence the defenders have on the attacking capabilities of  front duo Suarez and Sturridge. Even though it wont be much of a problem against the lesser sides, Rodgers should make sure Liverpool don’t take this attitude when they welcome the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City which are going to be crucial matches if we want to win the title.

Suarez: I’ll stay even without Champions League qualification

Luis Suarez

Striker Luis Suarez says that he will stay at the club next season whether Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League or not.

Suarez has scored 24 Premier League goals for the current Barclay’s premier league campaign with his latest coming in the 3-0 win over Southampton which helped the Reds move into second place in the table.

The Uruguayan international who recently committed his long term future with the reds claims he is enjoying his best season since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.

With Liverpool currently second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, there is every chance Suarez could achieve his ambition of getting Liverpool back in the top four.

Quizzed whether he would stay at Liverpool if the Reds failed to secure a top-four finishes, Suárez said:

“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that.  Any player would miss the Champions League.  We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.  It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”

There is no doubt that the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will come knocking at Liverpool’s door for Suarez once the season ends.Do you think the Reds will be able to keep hold of Suarez if they miss on top four once again?

Suarez eligible to play against Fulham

Liverpool No 7 Luis Suarez has been given permission by the Uruguay FA to play in Saturdays Premier league clash with Fulham after it was initially feared the FIFA would deny this since the rule states the players have to be released from club duty five days beforehand to link up with their national side.

Liverpool will send Suarez by their private plane to Istanbul on Saturday evening following the clash with Fulham

With most of the key players returning from Injury it would be interesting to see if Rodgers would go back to the 4-3-3 formation which could see the return of Victor Moses on the Left hand side and Joe Allen in place of Injured Gerrard.

The front three of Suarez, Moses and Sturridge with Coutinho behind looks very promising but except for the Arsenal defeat, Liverpool have been performing well with their 3-5-2 formation.

Do you think Liverpool should stick with their 3-5-2 formation in spite of all the attacking talents at disposal?

Sturridge ruled out for England

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool star striker Daniel Sturridge has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time to play for England’s fixture with Moldova at Wembley on Friday evening.

The injury, which Sturridge suffered prior to Sundays clash with Manchester United, is not considered to be serious. However it is unclear whether the 24 year old will be fit to play against the Ukraine next Tuesday.

An FA statement read:

“As Roy Hodgson prepares his England team to face Moldova on Friday evening, Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool for further treatment.  The squad departed St. George’s Park on Thursday afternoon ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley, but the Liverpool forward will return to his club with the intention of joining the England squad again at the weekend and traveling to Ukraine.”

Looks like the international break has come at a good time for Liverpool and hopefully Sturridge will be fully recovered and ready to play against Swansea next weekend.

LFC: Liverpool beat Manchester United!

Three games in, nine points earned and the Reds sit at the top of the Barclays Premier League table life doesn’t get much better than this.

Ex Everton manager David Moyes’s first visit to Anfield with Manchester United ended in defeat on Sunday after in form Striker and birthday boy Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool a fantastic start, heading past the united keeper during the 4th minute mark.

Liverpool had to bring back Martin Skrtel to pair up with Daniel Agger after the injury to Kolo Toure and what a change that turned out be as both Skrtel and Agger hardly gave a yard of space to the Dutchmen Robin Van Persie.

The last time Liverpool started a Premier League season with three consecutive wins was back in 1994/95 but Boss Rodgers urged the fans and the players to not get carried away insisting there is still a lot of hard work to do:

“It’s another step [forward] for us. I mentioned in the press the other day, since we last played Manchester United in January, we had both played 18 league games and there were only two points difference.  Today was another indicator that the winning mentality we’re growing and evolving all the time in the group is becoming stronger. You could see from the reaction that the togetherness is very good and that is going to be important for us this year.  We drew too many of the big games last year and we lost home and away to Manchester United, so today was another step to show we’re going in the right direction – but there’s still a long way to go.”

Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Victor Moses from Chelsea were all present at the stands watching the game and the Boss confirmed the signings will be announced tomorrow:

“We hope they can be completed. I don’t think there will be any confirmation until tomorrow.  We need that depth and we need more numbers.  The players that we want, if we can get them over the line, are all quality players and will really help us going forward.”

What did everyone think of the fantastic performance? Will there be another surprise signing on deadline day?