Liverpool falter in Derby.

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  • Liverpool falter in Derby.

Liverpool falter in Derby.



Liverpool and Everton met once again to ply out the highly intense Merseyside derby. Kenny Dalglish was recently appointed the new Manager at Anfield after Roy Hodgson was left go for failing to meet the boards expectations. Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool legend as a player and a manager, has already taken charge of The Reds in two games. His first was the no small matter of The FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Locking horns with Sir Alex Ferguson in your first game since your return is no laughing matter, but he can be proud of the performance his team put in. In the end The Reds lost out to a second minute Ryan Giggs penalty as Dimitar Berbatov feigned a foul by Daniel Agger in the box. The game also saw Steven Gerrard sent off which is likely to make Kenny’s start of life in Liverpool harder.

His second game was the Premier League date with Blackpool at Bloomfield Lane. The Reds did take the lead thanks to Fernando Torres in the opening exchanges but goals from Gary Taylor Fletcher and DJ Campbell condemned the Merseysiders to another away defeat.

It was a day of derbies, Aston Villa faced Birmingham City in the midlands derby at St Andrews, and Newcastle United faced Sunderland in the Weartyne derby at The Stadium of Light. Both derbies finished as 1-1 draws and it looked like fate would see out another drawn derby on the day.

Steven Gerrard was suspended for this game due to his red card against United, yet Liverpool started brilliantly. They had an array of chances, Fernando Torres beat Sylvain Distin and latched onto the ball, he ran into the box, dodged Johnny Heitinga but his left footed shot crashed off of the post and Kuyt knocked over the rebound.

Then Maxi Rodriguez crossed the ball and Kuyt headed low, but Tim Howard pulled off a fine save, then Kuyt slammed the rebound back in and again Howard matched him with a save from his leg. But fortunately for Liverpool, the ball broke to Raul Mereiles who gathered the ball and unleashed a venomous volley that darted into the back of the net. It was 1-0 to Liverpool and Anfield went wild.

After the break, just forty seconds after the restart, Everton found their way back into the game. As a corner came in, Distin broke away from his marker Skrtel and headed under Pepe Reina and into the back of the net. Glen Johnson was on the line but he could only clear it onto the bar and back into the net.

Then on the 51st minute, Anichebe rose highest to win a header just outside the box, Osman gathered the ball and jinxed into the area, as the defenders closed in he slipped a cute pass to Jermaine Beckford who was clean in on goal, and he applied a perfect curling finish beyond Reina to take Everton 2-1 ahead.

In the 67th minute, as the ball broke loose in the box, Maxi Rodriguez pounced onto it. But he was brought down by Tim Howard and a penalty was rightfully awarded. Howard was also shown a yellow card for his troubles. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and dispatched the penalty, sending Howard scrambling to the wrong side.

And even though both teams pressed as the game wore on, it finished 2-2. A draw that doesn’t help either team too much as they languish just 6 points above the drop zone. But at least Everton weren’t the first team to lose against Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish, and at least Kenny Dalglish did not end up losing his first home game in his return to Liverpool.


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