Thought Of The Day
Friday 16th April
Happy Birthday Rafa
There were loads of articles written about Rafa when he was manager of Liverpool Football Club, a lot of them were agenda loaded. He divided opinion amongst supporters also, I for one though loved him.
His football talent and knowledge was a progression for the club. We'd been left behind commercially and Rafa had to deal with some of the darkest hours our club has seen. From the highs of winning the Champions League in his first season to the club nearly going bankrupt in his final season.
He created the best midfield in the world as we all sung about and attracted the likes of Torres who we'd have never been able to sign pre Rafa.
His success in Spain prior to Liverpool was a similar story to Klopp's in Germany. He was the underdog but knew how to set a team up and knew how to win.
My memories are full of the good times Rafa gave us as a manager and as a man that loved the club as one of us.
Thursday 15th April
Never forgotten. YNWA x
Wednesday 14th April
On this day two years ago Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield with a header from Mane and this absolute rocket from Mo, our one season wonder.
Once Big Virg had played the ball to Salah there didn't look to be much on but Mo had other ideas. He unleashed a shot that even if Chelsea had two keepers in goal they wouldn't have saved!
Friday 9th April
Happy Birthday to the lad we call God, Robbie Fowler who is 46 today.
Robbie was one of the most natural finishers I've ever seen play in the red shirt. He scored on his debut against Fulham in the League Cup in September 1993 and went on to score 183 goals in 369 games. He won the FA Cup, a couple of League Cups, UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and was named the Young Player Of The Year in 1995 and 1996.
He played the game like he was still playing on the streets of Toxteth and represented all of us on the pitch.
He scored some great goals, the fastest hat-trick until Mane took that title from him but my favourite two were the goal against SK Brann Bergen in March 1997, outrageous goal and summed Robbie up. The second was his second goal against United at Old Trafford, mugged of Gary Neville before scooping the ball around Schmeichel, absolute class goal.
What are your favourite Fowler goals?
Sunday 4th April
On this day in 2018 Klopp's Liverpool played Guardiola's City in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
In a season that saw City finally finish 25 points clear of Liverpool it was a big test for us in the first leg at Anfield. Although, after 30 minutes you wouldn't have thought so!
We got off to a flying start, Milner played a great ball down the line for Mo who ran at City, Walker couldn't deal with him and after City didn't clear their lines it fell to Mo, 1-0, 12 minutes gone.
On 20 minutes Milner won another important challenge to set up Ox who smashed in a shot from outside the box, 2-0, Anfield went mad.
On the half hour mark it was Mane's turn heading in a cross from Mo, 3-0!
I think this was the night we started living rent free in Pep's head. We went on to win 1-2 at the Etihad and won the tie 5-1. Get in Reds!
Wednesday 31st March
On this day 2001 Stevie Gerrard scored a screamer against Manchester United at Anfield. We won 2-1 with the other goal a great finish from Robbie Fowler or God as we call him.
2001 was a year Reds will never forget having won 5 (five) trophies. We added the League Cup, UEFA Cup, Community Shield, FA Cup and the European Super Cup to our trophy cabinet that year.
Relieve that Gerrard screamer below Reds!
Thursday 25th March
On this day in 2006, can you remember singing "we've only got 10 men..."?
The derby when Gerrard got sent off early on and we beat our neighbours 3-1. Great header from Phil Neville to put us into a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half. Little Luis Garcia added a great second to put us 2-0 up still with 10 v 11. Cahill made it 2-1 before Van Der Meyde was sent off for a foul on Alonso making it 10 v 10. Harry Kewell made it 3-1 with a great strike from outside the box.
Relive it here Reds...
Wednesday 24th March
Rubbish when the Reds aren't playing. Here are a few of our lads that could be playing today in international qualifiers:
Keita v Mali
Jota v Azerbaijan
Neco v Belgium
Gini v Kabak might be an interesting one...
Tuesday 23rd March
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Monday 22nd March
When you look through the rich history of Liverpool Football Club a few people have woven themselves into it. One of those people was Mr Liverpool, Ronnie Moran who sadly passed away four years ago today.
Ronnie joined The Reds as a fifteen year old and stayed with the club until he retired in 1998 after 49 years continual service with the club. Ronnie played 379 games for us and served under every Liverpool manager between 1965 to 1998. He won everything during this time at Anfield - European Cups, Leagues and loads of them.
Four years on the sadness has eased a little and we remember the good times the man who was Liverpool through and through gave us. Our thoughts are with his family today.
Sunday 21st March
Happy Birthday to big Nat Phillips who is 24 today.
We designed this t-shirt a few weeks ago dedicated to Nat.
If you're TALKING HEADS then Nat Phillips needs to be in the conversation. Here's our tee dedicated to our no-nonsense 80's style centre back and inspired by Talking Heads. Get your head on it Nat lad!
As with all our mens tees they're sustainable and come in our recycled cotton bags.
Saturday 20th March
Today is the 37th birthday of one of the most natural goal scorers Liverpool have ever had. We all knew when he scored on his Anfield debut after about 20 minutes against Chelsea we had the real deal on our hands. That ball from Gerrard to Torres would become something we'd see week in week out.
This got me thinking about one of the best ads I've ever seen. It's produced in such a way that it almost looks like a collaboration between Nike and the Liverpool fans. It completely captures what El Nino meant to the city of Liverpool, it looks like a piece of footage that would fit into the fan culture story. The way it's shot, the language, everything about it is spot on.
Credit where credit is due, Nike did a fantastic job with this.
Friday 19th March
So, we all got what we wanted, Real Madrid in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Hopefully Big Nat Phillips will sort out unfinished business with Ramos who should hopefully be fit for Real.
Real Madrid aren't the side they were a few years back, Modric is 36 in September, Ramos 35 by the time we play them, Benzema is 33 and Kroos is 31. Hopefully our pace and pressing will be too much for them.
Klopp will be hatching his plan as I right this...
On another note, we've just put a discount code on our site, don't miss out Reds...
Wednesday 17th March 2021
On this day in 2016 Philippe Coutinho scored a great goal at Old Trafford which secured Liverpool's place in the Europa League quarter finals.
This was the first time Liverpool had played Manchester United in a European competition. We took a 2-0 lead into the second leg, Coutinho's brilliant goal came just on half-time following a Martial penalty on the half hour. Our goal left United needing four on the night.
Coutinho's and Liverpool's fortunes have headed in opposite directions following his £142 million transfer to Barcelona in January 2018.
Hard to remember an away end these days...
Tuesday 16th March 2021
On the 16th March 1977 one of the greatest LFC comebacks took place at Anfield.
With a place up for grabs in the European Cup semi-final and LFC one nil down from the first leg Anfield needed to be bouncing, and it was. The 6,000 St Etienne fans certainly helped create an atmosphere that would go down in folklore history.
Liverpool got off to a dream start with Keegan scoring from a tight angle from a short corner, 1-1. Six minutes into the second half Liverpool's task got even bigger when Bathenay beat Clemence from 30 yards with a fantastic shot! "Allez Les Verts' could be heard from the Annie Road end.
Ray Kennedy then scored from the edge of the box so we only needed one more goal to win. Queue one of the most famous subs in Anfield history, 73 minutes in on came super sub David Fairclough. Six minutes to go and Fairclough ran onto a Ray Kennedy through ball and slotted it past their keeper!
'Allez Les Rouge' rang out around Anfield, the Reds had completed one of the most famous Anfield comebacks!
Was St Etienne or Barcelona the best ever LFC comeback at Anfield? Leave your comments below Reds!
Relive it here
Monday 15th March 2021
A fit again Diogo Jota is a sight for sore eyes for Liverpool supporters but will Wolves be sick of the sight of him at 10pm tonight?
Since LFC signed him last summer he'd shown fantastic form before getting injured in the Champions League in December. Ex Red Conor Coady will hopefully have his hands full tonight with the Reds scoring 10 times in our last four league visits to Molineux.
A win tonight would see us move up to sixth place and 5pts behind Chelsea in fourth.
Straight into these Reds!
We recently designed a Diogo Jota t-shirt. No Confusion, Jota is the real deal. This tee pays tribute to him and LFC's 10,000th goal. Some of you will recognise the references to one of our favourite album cover designers Peter Saville.