Kuyt hat-trick stuns United

2011-03-06 17:35

Liverpool - Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick to blow the Premier League title race wide open as Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 win over leaders Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

United went into the game knowing that victory would earn them a six-point lead over nearest rivals Arsenal at the summit with nine games remaining.

But Kuyt's treble condemned Sir Alex Ferguson's side to back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time in two years after their midweek loss at Chelsea.

United are locked on 18 domestic league titles with Liverpool but the Merseyside club were clearly in no mood to help their bitter rivals towards a record 19th success.

Kuyt put Liverpool in control with two goals in five minutes towards the end of the first half and he scored his third in the 65th minute before Javier Hernandez's late effort for United.

And Liverpool, who climb to sixth in the table, were able to give their ?35 million signing Andy Carroll his long-awaited debut as the striker, fit after a thigh injury, came on for the final 15 minutes.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said: "The players deserved that for the discipline, application and pride shown in themselves and the club.

"It's been a tough season, it's not finished yet but this has been the highest point so far for our supporters.

"It always matters who the opposition are, because you're not going to get too many opponents who are as good as Manchester United. We deserved to win, no doubt."

Ferguson went into this game leading Dalglish 7-4 ahead of the 20th league meeting between the two Scottish managers.

Ferguson also won the tactical battle between the pair when United defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup two months ago in what was Dalglish's first match back since returning to the Anfield hot seat.

But there was revenge in the Merseyside air as Kuyt's first half double put the hosts in command.

United were missing their first-choice central defensive pairing of Nemanja Vidic, who was suspended, and Rio Ferdinand, who was injured, forcing Ferguson to field Wes Brown alongside Chris Smalling.

And the inexperienced partnership was immediately tested as Luis Suarez, twice, and Maxi Rodriguez both had efforts before Dimitar Berbatov was denied by the post in what was United's first serious attack in the 16th minute.

Up until that moment the game had been fairly even but the hosts took control in an explosive finish to the half.

Kuyt's opening goal in the 34th minute was down to the brilliance of Suarez, the Uruguay forward leaving Rafael da Silva and Michael Carrick chasing shadows before squaring for the Netherlands international to score his first ever goal against United.

His second followed five minutes later courtesy of an error by Nani, the Portuguese winger heading into the path of Kuyt to nod past Edwin van der Sar and double his side's lead from close range.

Yet what had been a compelling first half took an ugly turn as both sides were fortunate to retain 11 men.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was extremely fortunate to escape with a caution for a nasty 39th minute challenge on Nani, the United player climbing off the floor to remonstrate with the referee before being carried off on a stretcher after collapsing.

Then Rafael, who was booked, was lucky to stay on after his X-rated challenge on Lucas in the 44th minute.

United desperately needed a goal early in the second half and they nearly got one when Berbatov's 58th minute header was heading for the net only to be chested off the line by Raul Meireles.

But Liverpool survived and seven minutes later confirmed their fifth win in nine Premier League games since Dalglish returned when Kuyt completed his hat-trick.

Once again Suarez was again involved as his curling free-kick was beaten away by Van der Sar into the path of Kuyt to become the first Liverpool player since Peter Beardsley in 1990 to score three against United.

There was still time for Carroll to come off the bench and make his long-awaited debut in the 74th minute before substitute Hernandez scored in stoppage time with a glancing header.


  • Satan - 2011-03-06 18:50

    same to you

  • David - 2011-03-06 19:49

    GREAT WIN Liverpool - well done boys for showing some pride!!

  • megaquadrillionaire - 2011-03-06 22:17 Thanks to that wanker Carragher Nani is injured for the rest of the season

      liverpool - 2011-03-07 09:14

      Nani are you OK are you OK Nani? You got hit by, You got struck by a Smooth Carragher.

  • megaquadrillionaire - 2011-03-06 22:19 Look at the pics you WANKER LOSERFOOL SUPPORTERS

      Kyuss - 2011-03-06 22:39

      aww shame

      liverpool - 2011-03-07 09:12

      Nani are you OK are you OK Nani? You got hit by, You got struck by a Smooth Carragher.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-07 09:32

      That's stupid dude, if that was you would you be smiling? Muppet!

      Man U - 2011-03-07 11:52

      @Liverpool: That is a really stupid comment from and equally stupid person like you! An injury to a player, no matter who it is or who he plays for is terrible! Refs need to send a message out for those type of tackles instead of a "slap on the wrist" punishment so twits like you will not be ecstatic when these things happen! If they don't stamp this crap play out, then the obvious tactics would be to paralyse a teams star player week in week out!

      Bob - 2011-03-07 14:36

      Man U would that include a severe messgae to players that stick their elbow in another players face ? don't talk like your lot are squeeky clean, very far from it, or have you all got blinkers like old Blue Nose.

      Bob - 2011-03-07 14:36

      oops message

      Man U - 2011-03-07 14:59

      @Bob: Yes Bob, that would include all the players that stick their elbow in another players face! I did not say that we are squeeky clean you retard! Read my comment again and not with your blinkers on! Whether it is a Man Utd player breaking a players leg / rash challenge, it still is unacceptable! So bark up another tree mate!

  • ZiyaadnYumna - 2011-03-06 22:37

    Typical Man Utd supporters who cant take a loss .They look for excuses everywhere

      Atoombom - 2011-03-06 22:46

      A good loser is a born loser.

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-03-07 18:11

      Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Fergie is the master.

  • jakeylad81 - 2011-03-06 22:51

    mega shut it son, you idiots are always quick to chirp, 3 losses in 5 feeling the heat there hey hope gooners take it from you losers

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-03-07 06:57

    Wow in all fairness that was a red I don't care what you say about Nani and his antics it still does not deter from the really poor challenge. That being said Liverpool played the better football for longer periods and deserved the 3 points. It's a pity their fans are making a massive thing of the victory as they are still playing Europa and no closer to a trophy this season. Well done Liverpool

  • Tombstone - 2011-03-07 08:00

    Well done Liverpool - simply ABOVE the best .............

  • A(N)ON - 2011-03-07 08:22

    No excuses - we were well and truly beaten. Well done to Pool and good luck chasing that 4th spot - with Kenny at the helm this is a distinct possibility. We had a bad week and we have to pick ourselves up and revert to winning ways - fortunately we have the week to reflect ahead of the Arsenal FA cup weekend and the Marseille mid-week Champions League games. The good thing is we have now got 2 tough games out of our hair and can focus on the remaining fixtures. Come on United!!!!

      Harold - 2011-03-07 09:25

      Well said A(N)ON! We lost & and there is no need for a post mortem. We are still on top and should move on like we always do. You don't win titles by looking back. This was not a big game for us. The Arsenal match at The Emirates will big 'cos they are our closest rivals for the league. Well done to Liverpool anyway.

      Man U - 2011-03-07 09:54

      @A(N)ON: No excuses yes! We were not just beaten but thrashed and our midfield play was pathetic! Only Fergie knows why he picks Carrick for these crunch games! It cost us last season and possibly this season. Carrick must be the luckiest man at the moment to have a contract at Utd! Liverpool were awesome and to all the Scouser fans, hope Daglish stays with you guys next season! Bragging rights firmly in your court for now!

      Bob - 2011-03-07 12:21

      Harold, so that was not a big game for you ? obviously you know very little about the English Premier League, that is the biggest game of the season, every season, nothing to do with league positions, it's about bragging rights, which are very firmly with LIVERPOOL right now.

      Harold - 2011-03-07 15:14

      @Bob. I have supported United since 1984 but i have never seen a 'Bragging Rights Trophy'. Is it the one that you & your fellow scousers have been coverting since 1990 'cos I have not seen your clubs' name on the winners list since then. Oh & still on that subject United have beaten "Pool twice to your once. Brag about that boB (spelt backwards)

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  • Albo - 2011-03-07 09:21

    Congrats Pool!!! I think UTD needed a real bad hammering just to remind them that all is not over and need to really concentrate on coming back strong. Let`s hope now UTD can actually start playing this year and lift the cup!!

  • RED MANC - 2011-03-07 09:23

    Gotta hold our hands up and say that we were well and truly beaten on the day . Liverpool were the hungrier team and it showed - well done to them . With Arsenal breathing down our necks victory in all of the remaning nine games is crucial . GGMU !

  • Bob - 2011-03-07 09:35

    Wow bit fluffy this morning after the celebrations, fantastic win by the true reds, if Kenny had been given the job in the first place instead of nice guy Roy we would have been fighting for the title and not 4th place, how good is Suarez, think you got a bum deal Chelski.

  • Innocent - 2011-03-07 10:10

    We are walking together again

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-03-07 10:19

    When it mattered most Kuyt delivered! great show by Liverpool - United got exactly what they deserved...

  • FactFile - 2011-03-07 10:21

    YNWA - Hail King Kenny. 'Pool u really came out blazing! Showed us again what real class is about! Made the KOP explode! Ag shame and now Manure fans cry again.... can't take no loss now can u? Face it - U need to beat the best to be the best. Liverpool showed that over and over again - simply the BEST! LIVERPOOL gave Manure a dose of their own medicine playing them to the ground - playing them like they played other teams... Dirty Manure!! Now they cry like Nani cried hahaha!!!!! Show dem Liverpool, show dem!! RED4LIFE!!!

      doggas1 - 2011-03-07 10:51

      WTF, "you can't beat the best to be the best." FactFile change your name. It is one, one. First win at OT and now one for fools at Anfield. We played crap, but we wanted you guys to join us top 5 position, but still you guys won't be there. Shame. Amazing how you'll big mouths was shut in the beginning of the season and nowhere Liverpool pics was seen, Today there is like again so much. Another lost now and they'll pack it away.

      Bob - 2011-03-07 12:17

      doggas what have you been drinking, no idea what the hell you are ranting about, can I at least guess you are a manure supporter that would explain some of your ramblings

      Yousuf - 2011-03-07 13:44

      BOB, PLEASE LEARN TO SPELL YOUR NAME BACKWARDS, thats all your iq will allow for. remember, FOOL , its not like we lost the title yet and its not like we were knocked out the fa cup and its not like we playing in the 2nd rate Europa , so when your iq improves , ponder...........................................

  • madcow - 2011-03-07 10:53

    hardy boys. you can't win them all. you are still top of the log.

      Ravi - 2011-03-07 14:01

      Yousuf, you sound like cry baby Nani. Get on with your life. Champions know when they are beaten and afford the victors the glory they deserve.

      Bob - 2011-03-07 14:28

      Ravi nice one, what is that clown Yousuf going on about my IQ for, perhaps he has a similar brain to that other clown Doggas and they can actually understand each other, very sad seeing a grown man cry like a baby cos he was kicked, ouch was a tad late by Jamie, he is getting past his best and tends to kick those tricky little wingers LOL.

  • JustinD - 2011-03-07 15:04

    well done liverpool you totally outplayed us.

  • Bratt - 2011-03-07 16:37

    I really thought some comments on here(sport24/news24 in general, and this article in particular) were in bad taste until I read Seems we are quite normal afterall.

  • Andy49 - 2011-03-07 18:20

    Can a SPURS man give a big shout out to Liverpool even though this result may just exclude us from a top 4 finish.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-03-10 10:40

    It may have taken me 25 years to get there, but I was at ANFIELD on Sunday (Shukar Alhamdulillah / Thanks to God) Words can't describe the atmosphere, even before the game !

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