Still no win for Liverpool

2011-01-16 19:46

Liverpool - Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is still searching for a first victory since his return to Anfield, and needed Dirk Kuyt's penalty to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw on Sunday in the Merseyside derby with Everton.

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Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson last weekend, and has since lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup, and Blackpool.

Raul Meireles put Liverpool ahead just before the half hour in Dalglish's first game in charge at Anfield since resigning as manager in 1991, but goals from Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford in the space of six minutes at the start of the second half put Everton ahead.

Kuyt converted a penalty in the 68th minute to deny Everton a first win at Anfield in nine attempts, and keep the teams level on 26 points.

After scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Blackpool on Wednesday, Fernando Torres again looked sharp. The striker came close to adding to his tally in the first half when he held off a challenge from Distin, but his shot come back off the post before Kuyt's effort was deflected wide.

The hosts were dominant, and took the lead in the 29th minute through Meireles.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard pushed away Kuyt's header and then saved the Dutchman's shot before Meireles drove in from the edge of the area for his first goal for the club.

Maxi Rodriguez and Torres had opportunities to double Liverpool's lead, and Howard also denied Meireles before half time.

But Everton responded just 39 seconds after the restart, with Distin getting the better of Martin Skrtel in the air to head in from Mikel Arteta's corner for the Frenchmans first Premier League goal since March 2007.

In the 51st minute, Everton took the lead with another direct move. Victor Anichebe beat Martin Kelly to a long ball forward and Leon Osman guided a pass through to Beckford who clipped a shot past Pepe Reina.

Six minutes into the second half, Everton pulled ahead when Anichebe beat Martin Kelly in the air and Osman fed Beckford, whose curling effort beat Reina.

But midway through the second period, Liverpool were given another chance to respond when Howard bundled Rodriguez over in the area as they contested a loose ball.

Netherlands international Kuyt sent Howard the wrong way with the resulting penalty to bring Liverpool level.

The hosts had the better chances to win it, with Torres missing with a chip, but neither side could find a winner.


  • FerretGee - 2011-01-16 20:07

    Well done Toffee's a point at Anfield is always welcome. Pity two Everton fans were stabbed after the game!

      kingswing69 - 2011-01-17 08:06

      well maybe the Everton fans deserve it , people are so quick to blame Liverpool fans

      FerretGee - 2011-01-17 08:23

      Nobody "deserves" to be stabbed, and nowhere did I say it was liverpool fans who did it. But that is the kind of response I would expect from a kopite!

      RED MANC - 2011-01-17 12:55

      There is only one other manager in the league aside from David Moyes that can generate such passion for the shirt from his players and his name is Sir Alex Ferguson , and he DOES have a transfer budget , which makes Moyes achievements all the more impressive . Kingswing69 - dude , seriously - are you alright , how can you even make such a moronic statement, regardless of which club you support ? Such a response is so typically Loserpool FC that it makes me wonder that it actually might have been Loserpool fans who were responsible for the stabbing .

      pstieger38 - 2011-01-17 23:45

      @kingswing69 - what a bizarre comment..... I have had the privilege of going to to a Merseyside derby, and there's probably no other local derby that has a friendlier (albiet banter ridden) atmosphere.... in fact it's not unusual for red and blue fans to mix in the stands.... (before you ask: I'm from Manchester but grew up in SA hence why I still check News24. I have a season ticket to Eastlands - believe me the Manchester derbies have much more 'bad blood' between fans at the match than a merseyside derby - buts thats probably because most Utd 'fans' are from London and beyond....)

  • TRUE Red - 2011-01-17 09:38

    MUCH better guy's, well done. Defence still dodgy in Carra's absence, and something we should seriously starting looking at long term as Carra ain't gonna be around forever. But once he & Stevie are back, we should be more stable. Attack has really improved 110% since KK took over. Nice to see youngster's like Kelly, Spearing & Shelvey given a chance again, but we need to have some experienced quality player's as well to help Stevie, Carra, El Nino, Reina, etc

      seeps.mazi - 2011-01-17 12:37

      It's looking better for you guys True Red and hopefully we can have some fighting talk coming out of Anfielf next season.

  • Bandit - 2011-01-17 09:43

    New Boy Band - "King Kenny and the Survivalists"

  • boyd.lance - 2011-01-17 10:42

    Still a very frustrating result, but the performance was much better again. Agree that the defence is still very porous and much in need of the die-hard Carragher. But Kelly did very well and got a very hard test against a very physical Anichebe...a good fight indeed! Midfield looked much more solid with Spearing sweeping in front of the defence. Lucas....nevermind. Well done to Meireles for getting his 1st goal...well deserved and long overdue. So glad Jovanovic didn't play and Maxi linked up well with Torres and the other forwards. Would've liked to see Cole and/or Babel come on in the 2nd half though. One point better than nothing I guess. YNWA!!!

  • Vinny - 2011-01-17 13:21

    You`ll never get stabbed alone.......... , well done to the Toffees....

      Innocent - 2011-01-17 14:58

      it is you will never walk alone dudu

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