When Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish return to Wembley on Saturday for the semi-final against Everton don’t be surprised if you see Kenny ponder for a moment to take it all in. Wembley, even though it is now rebuilt, has been and integral part of Dalglish’s career both as a player and a manager. In many ways Wembley has defined Kenny success. When Kevin Keegan departed for Hamburg many Liverpool supporters, including myself, wondered how Keegan could ever be replaced. Bob Paisley solved that one when he signed Kenny from Celtic for a British transfer record of £440,000. Dalglish’s playing career at Liverpool marked one of the club’s most successful periods with him winning seven league titles, three European Cups and five domestic trophies. And where did King Kenny make his Liverpool debut, wearing Keegan’s number seven shirt? Wembley on 3 August 1977 in the Charity Shield match against Manchester United. The 82,000 crowd witnessed a 0-0 draw and with no penalty shoot-outs in those days, the shield was shared. However, Liverpool didn’t have to wait long to experience Kenny’s impact as he scored his first goal on his league debut a week later on 20 August against Middlesbrough.
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Gutsy display gives Liverpool FC deserved victory over dirty Everton: Portsmouth loss the catalyst to new found form.Posted: February 7, 2010 in LFC Posts
Tags: Dirk Kuyt, English Premier League, everton, LFC, Liverpool Football Club, merseyside derby, Rafa Benitez
There’s going to be a lot of analysis about Liverpool’s excellent win over Everton on Saturday with the main focus on the Reds grit and determination, even when they were down to ten men. Everton just couldn’t cope and resorted to tackles that should have brought them at least two red cards earlier in the game before Pienaar was eventually, and justifiably, sent off.
It was an enthralling match with few goal scoring chances, the highlights being Gerrard’s terrific free-kick from just outside the box that hit the cross-bar with Howard well beaten and Dirk Kuyt’s close range, match winning, header from a perfect Gerrard corner kick. Kuyt deserves a lot a credit for his positioning and persistence on that one. Fortunately, Cahill missed a glorious opportunity to put Everton ahead at the end of the 1st half although, looking at the replay, Reina may well have had it covered.
The big controversy’s of course were the sending off’s, or should I say the lack of them. (more…)