The Liverpool home kit was a familiar sight in the UEFA Champions League until recent seasons. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's Liverpool football club was the king of European football, winning trophies in the Champions League and UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup. However, performances have been lacking and the Liverpool football kit has not made an appearance in Europe's most prestigious football tournament since 2009.
Last night Liverpool made its reappearance in a tense and exciting game against Bulgarian football team Ludogorets Razgrad. At home at the Anfield Stadium many would have predicted Liverpool to storm ahead with a convincing win however, the reality was a scrappy 3-goal game with the 1st of those goals not hitting the net until the 82nd minute.
The streets around Anfield were awash with the brand new Liverpool home jersey 2014 - 2015, as eager fans arrived to watch their team's return to prestigious Champions League football. The latest Liverpool football kit has recently been launched by Warrior and is designed to wow. The home jersey takes the traditional red color scheme and utilizes simple white trim to create a fantastic look that proudly screams Liverpool FC. The away and third kit is also designed for impact, particularly the third jersey that will be used primarily for away games in the Champions League competition. You can shop for your Liverpool football kit for 2014 - 2015 at Soccer Box now.
The Road to Europe
Following a string of European successes in the 1970's and 1980's Liverpool holds the record for most European wins of any English football club. They last won the Champions League in 2005, and finished as runners up in 2007, but have had little success in the intervening years. Champions League competition has been out of the clubs reach since 2009 and they didn't even qualify for Europa League football during the 2013/14 campaign.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was bought in 2012 with the hopes that he would turn around the fortunes of a struggling Liverpool football club. Eager fans have always proudly worn the Liverpool home kit, and despite finishing 8th in the Premier League and not qualifying for Europe supporters have loyally stuck by the club. That support was certainly rewarded last season.
During his 1st season in charge Brendan Rodgers only achieved a 7th place finish, marginally better than the 8th of the previous season, but not good enough for European football. Last season it seemed that Brendan Rodgers could do no wrong, a strong, well-disciplined squad made a real challenge for Premier League glory. After spending several weeks atop the table they missed out in the final games of the season, but a 2nd place finish was enough to ensure the Liverpool home jersey 2014 - 2015 would be making an appearance in the Champions League.
The Champions League draw placed Liverpool in Group B alongside current holders Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid, Swiss club FC Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad. Against current Champions Real Madrid this was a tough draw for Liverpool however, the top 2 teams will progress to the next stage giving them a fair chance to succeed.
Ludogorets Razgrad is a Bulgarian football team, and winner of the A Group, the topflight of football in Bulgaria. The club was only founded 13 years ago and this is their first season of Champions League football. This should have been an easy win for the squad wearing the Liverpool home kit however, it turned into a tense game with all the action saved for the last 10 minutes.
There was little action in the 1st half, both sides had opportunities on goal but the game play could not be described as inspiring. In fact the first goal did not hit the net until the 82nd minute. New signing Mario Balotelli netted his first goal wearing his number 45 Liverpool home jersey 2014 - 2015. So late into the game the home fans were exuberant, but the action hadn't finished.
A mistake by the Liverpool defense allowed Ludogorets Razgrad to net an equalizer in the 90th minute, much to the shock and disappointment of the fans sporting the Liverpool football kit in the terraces at Anfield. The following minute saw a turn in Liverpool's favor, as a mistake from Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan resulted in a penalty for Liverpool.
Captain Steven Gerrard calmly took the shot, and hit the net to make the score line 2-1 and secure 3-points from the game. The tense and exciting 10-minute finale certainly made this game a talking point. However, Liverpool will need to up their game if they are to succeed against bigger and better teams, including the mighty Real Madrid.