It happens every year: whether clubs are refurbishing their stadiums (as Liverpool is doing with Anfield) or planning wholesale moves to new ones (like AC Milan, who are preparing to leave San Siro once they've built a new venue), some fans decry the decisions as desecrations of club identity. It's not difficult to see why. Over the years, a stadium truly becomes a part of a football club, just like players, jerseys, and fans do. But why do football stadiums earn this kind of attachment from fans and players alike when they are really just venues or stages for the games and moments that will truly define a club's legacy?
We preview the upcoming Arsenal V Liverpool 2015 fixture. As a general rule, the Premier League seems to avoid showcasing any major matchups in the first week or two of competition. The logic behind this practice is clear, since everyone is going to be paying attention during week one, and it makes more sense to save the big matches of the football season-like a Manchester City vs. Manchester United derby, for instance-for later weeks, to keep the excitement at a fever pitch.
This year was no different in regards to that rule, with the biggest fixture of week one probably being the matchup between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur-teams that finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on the 2014 2015 Premier League table. Things
Even before Raheem Sterling officially exited Liverpool FC for a fresh start at Manchester City, rumors were flying that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was interested in signing Aston Villa striker, Christian Benteke. Now, less than two weeks after the July 12th announcement of Sterling's transfer, it has been confirmed that Liverpool complete Christian Benteke signing - for a cool £32.5 million.
Benteke now becomes the latest Liverpool acquisition in what has been a highly active summer transfer season for the football club. The Reds' other 2015 2016 signings include forwards Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino, midfielder James Milner, defenders Joe Gomez Nathaniel Clyne, and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
Though Liverpool has never been a club known for wearing "out there" football kits, there's something refreshingly back to basics about the 2015 2016 kit from New Balance. Back in June, we got our first glimpse of the company's football kit work with the unveiling of the red 2015 2016 home jersey. Now, with the reveal of the traditional Liverpool away jersey 2015 2016-as well as the midnight black third jersey-we've officially seen Liverpool's full wardrobe for the upcoming season.
While the 2015 2016 Liverpool away kit is certainly simplistic-and not flashy in the slightest-it's hard not to like the shirt. A predominantly white kit with red trim and detailing, the New Balance design effortlessly captures the color and style that have always been iconic of Liverpool
Liverpool has been one of the most active football clubs-if not the most active football club-throughout this summer's transfer window. So far, the football club has signed James Milner, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, and Roberto Firmino, and you can bet that manager Brendan Rodgers will be looking for at least one more major signing to replace the outgoing Raheem Sterling. But the on-the-field squad isn't the only thing that Rodgers has been shaking up at Liverpool FC. On the contrary, the coach has also been making changes to his backroom team, sacking assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh, and replacing them with new blood. But will Brendan Rodgers new backroom team enable the squad to fight for the Premier League top spot?
When Steven Gerrard finally departed Anfield at the end of the 2014 2015 season, he not only left Liverpool FC to carry on without one of their leading goalscorers and top assists providers, but without their captain as well. Now, in the midst of a summer that has seen a substantial amount of press for the Liverpool soccer squad-between new transfer arrivals and the bitter departure of Raheem Sterling-manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Jordan Henderson will be leading the Reds in 2015 2016 and beyond.
Officially, the next man in line for the Liverpool FC captaincy is Jordan Henderson. A 25-year-old midfielder with 186 Liverpool appearances and 20 goals to his name (overall), Henderson has been a popular player with Reds fans since arriving at Anfield in 2011. When he dons the Liverpool football shirt for the start of the 2015 - 2016 Premier League football campaign in the fall, he'll also don the captain's armband.
If there was any doubt before about Raheem Sterling's days at Liverpool FC being numbered, there certainly isn't any now. According to numerous sources, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder and striker has told manager Brendan Rodgers that he wishes to be left out of Liverpool summer tour 2015 squad. Sterling has been pushing for a transfer to Manchester City for quite some time now, and most expect that his reluctance to go on tour with the Reds is just another attempt to force Rodgers' hand.
For the first few years of his tenure at Liverpool, everything seemed right between Raheem Sterling and the football club. He came to Anfield in 2010, after the Reds beat out other interested parties (including
Liverpool's busy summer of transfers continued on July 1st, with the announcement that Liverpool signs Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton on a long-term contract. Clyne, a right back, will help to shore up Liverpool's defenses, which clearly needed work during the 2014 2015 season.
At 24 years old, Nathaniel Clyne has been playing in the English football world since he was 17 years old. He made his senior career debut in October 2008 playing for Crystal Palace, and did four seasons with the club in the Football League Championship before making a move to Southampton in 2012. Now, after three seasons with the Saints, Clyne is on his way for (hopefully) bigger and better things with the Reds.
So Liverpool sign Roberto Firmino! Who is he? And why did LFC sign him? It's no secret that the Liverpool football club needs to find some new firepower if they are going to contend in the 2015 2016 Premier League. Last season was a huge step down from the team's near-championship run in 2014 2015, with the Reds struggling to compensate for the departure of offensive wizard, Luis Suarez. They still came in sixth place and scored a qualification for the 2015 2016 Europa League, but the last match of the season-a demoralizing 1-6 loss against Stoke City-showed just how much things needed to change at Anfield.
The good news is Brendan Rodgers is off to a good start in fleshing out his squad for the 2015 2016 campaign. Summer transfer signings have so far included Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley forward Danny Ings, and now, Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino.
New Balance is taking over the role of kit manufacturer for Liverpool FC this year after years of letting their subsidiary Warrior Sports handle the job. Based on what we have seen so far of Liverpool's 2015 2016 gear, it seems as though these two entities could have been working with one another for years. While the 2015 2016 home shirt more or less maintains the traditional red design we've seen from this football club in the past, the new goalkeeper jersey was a breath of fresh air, offering a sleek and modern black and red design that will surely look fantastic on the football pitch next season. And now with the launch of the Liverpool training kit 2015 - 2016 we can see even more design flair.
With the arrival of the Liverpool red training top 2015 2016 (as well as other training gear for next year), we are even more excited about New Balance stepping into the kit manufacturer role. Where last year's practice jerseys were essentially plain black and red shirts, this year's warm-up