It was the final day of the Premiership season last night, an event traditionally billed as a 'family affair' of sorts over the years.
And naturally, after a long and highly memorable season, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres all took the chance to soak in the atmosphere of the fans and allowed their little ones to run amok all over the pitch!
Rumors are swirling over a possible exchange of players with Barcelona which could send Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Barcelona and send Cristian Tello to Anfield. As the rumor mill continues to spin ever-so-fast, attention must be shifted to that of captain fantastic Steven Gerrard.
At 32, Liverpool have reportedly been allowing Gerrard to play with an apparent shoulder injury which he's been suffering with for around three months as BBC Sport notes.
Liverpool captain and legend will miss the rest of the season for The Reds due to a left shoulder injury that requires surgical repair.
Gerrard told The Sun that he originally injured his shoulder three months ago against Oldham in the FA Cup, but has played through the pain. He said since the original injury he has aggravated the shoulder on multiple occasions, but until recently has been able to push through.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is set to miss the remaining two games of the season as he undergoes "proactive" treatment to strengthen his back, the club has announced. The Denmark international has made 39 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season, scoring four goals in the process.
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Carragher & Gerrard play last ever game together - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As news emerged last night that Steven Gerrard would miss Liverpool's two remaining Premier League games this season with a shoulder injury, the realisation struck that Gerrard and Jamie Carragher had shared the pitch together for the final time in their illustrious careers.
Liverpool failed to be able to topple their close neighbors Everton at Anfield this afternoon as the Merseyside Derby ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw for both sides.
While Everton fans will take it as another reasons to celebrate as they are now close to ensuring they will finish above Liverpool for two consecutive seasons, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher will be sad for another reason not to have won.
Steven Gerrard wants Liverpool to send Jamie Carragher into retirement with one last derby victory on his CV. Carragher comes up against the club he supported as a boy this Sunday in the final derby of his 16-year Anfield career. The 35-year-old will swap Melwood for the Sky Sports studios next season after signing up as a pundit, and Gerrard is desperate to send his long-time friend and team-mate off in style.
In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me@theredarmchairfor regular updates throughout the week.
Liverpool will honour captain Steven Gerrard with a testimonial match this summer. The Reds will host Greek champions Olympiacos at Anfield on Saturday, 3 August, with both clubs donating the proceeds to charity. Gerrard's dramatic late goal against the Greeks in December 2004 sent Liverpool through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and he went on to lift the trophy the following May.
What can Liverpool learn from Juventus? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool and Juventus are traditionally two of the biggest names in European football, who have fallen from glory somewhat in recent years. The Turin giants were caught up in a scandal domestically and got themselves relegated from Serie A, but most importantly have returned to somewhere near their best.
Liverpool Football Club will be holding a testimonial match for skipper Steven Gerrard against Greek side Olympiacos.The match will take place on August 3, Liverpools only pre-season fixture at Anfield.
Gerrard's opponents are the side he scored a dramatic 86 minute goal to send Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stages in 2004- which they eventually went on to win.
Swansea City defender Ashley Williams (Google Creative Commons)
According to The Guardian, Swansea City defender Ashley Williams has been rumored to a possible exit for Liverpool this summer. The 28-year-old defender has been a real stable member of Swansea's starting XI as he has appeared in 31 matches for the Swans this season in the EPL.
Brendan Rodgers endured a highly-frustrating return to Reading as a remarkable performance from keeper Alex McCarthy saw Liverpool held to a goalless draw. Time and again McCarthy came to the Royals' rescue by producing a succession of world-class saves to deny Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool and West Ham culminated in a stalemate, but the scoreline may not have been indicative of the final result. Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard all provided the creative punch to pin back West Ham in their own end forcing last-ditch efforts from James Tomkins, Jack Collison and Gary O'Neil.
Liverpool's top-six hopes suffered another crushing blow as they failed to break down West Ham's stubborn defences. Three weeks after that dismal defeat at Southampton, Brendan Rodgers' side once again failed to spark, skipper Steven Gerrard coming closest to a winner when his effort was cleared off the line by the outstanding James Tomkins.
Brendan Rodgers' plan for Liverpool Part 2 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Read part one of the Brendan Rodgers' interview.
In the first part of this interview, Brendan Rodgers talked about how the fans of the club have taken his project and style of football. He also talked about Liverpool legends Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.
Suarez has been awesome this season... Image: skysports.com
Like Thursday's post on the blog I've kindly been given quotes from Yahoo! for the second half of their interview with Brendan Rodgers. This time it's mainly all about the magical Uruguayan - Luis Suarez.
Aston Villa remain in the Barclays Premier League bottom three after Liverpool came from behind to claim the three points and keep alive their faint hopes of securing a Champions League spot. Villa looked on course for a third successive win after leading at the interval through Christian Benteke's 18th goal of the campaign.
Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has backed captain Steven Gerrard to commit the rest of his career to the club. Gerrard scored the winner as the Reds won 2-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday and Carragher, who will retire at the end of the season, says he will see out his playing days at Anfield. "I'm sure Stevie will sign a contract and finish his career at Liverpool the way I've done," Carragher told Sky Sports.
Steven Gerrard once again proved Liverpool's saving grace as his penalty secured the three points for the Reds at Villa Park. Through the tireless work of Luis Suarez (who earned the penalty) and a calm finish from Jordan Henderson, Brendan Rodgers' side were able to complete the comeback and attain a much needed three points on the road.
Gerrard was influential in Sunday's fixture... Image: mirror.co.uk
Villa's big man up front may have given his side a first half lead but Liverpool remained composed and focused and after a lovely finish from Jordan Henderson sent them level the Reds were soon able to regain the lead via a Steven Gerrard penalty.
After selling more replica tops than anyone else last season, Wayne Rooney's shirt is now just the third most popular selling Premier League shirt behind Robin Van Persie and Steven Gerrard according to figures from Kitbag.com.
It is a stunning drop in fan popularity for Rooney, who sold more shirts that any other player in the top flight of English football last season, but has only mustered 6% of sales for the 2012-13 campaign.
World Cup Qualifiers: England drew as Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland lose - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It was a sad Monday night for the British nations at the World Cup qualifiers. England were held to a 1-1 draw by Montenegro despite taking the lead while Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland all suffered defeats at the hands of Croatia, Israel and Serbia respectively.
Frank Lampard breaks Bobby Tambling's goal record: Frank Lampard (8.4) is easy to mock. He's English and therefore lacks the sparkle of players like Mata (10.2), Oscar (8.0) and Hazard (9.6); he's pathologically incapable of playing alongside Steven Gerrard (9.2), though Gerrard's tactical indiscipline hasn't helped matters; and he once yelled at a radio host who had gotten a little too interested in Mrs.
In the end, there was only one Dimitar Berbatov danger that got us worried for a while but otherwise, it was the nature of our performance that left a lot to be desired. A slim solitary goal win was the final outcome and it was the crux of our objective at Craven Cottage yesterday.
Bayern v Juventus: Battle of Europe's finest midfields - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When Bayern Munich and Juventus face each other tonight in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich, it will pit two of Europe's most dynamic, complete midfields against each other.