Liverpool got the early start they required as Dalglish only made one change to the team that destroyed Birmingham with Johnson coming in for Robinson at left back. Johnson looked very good coming down that left side an much of our early play involved him and Max. Maxi was picked ahead of Andy Carroll after his hat trick last week.
Liverpool's first goal had a huge slice of luck however there was nothing lucky about the build up, which was a fantastic move involving about 5 players. The ball went from Reina's hand to their box very quickly with Flanagan supplying the cross. The ball fell kindly to Maxi and his shot took a massive deflection and went in. Liverpool had a couple more chances to increase their lead. An excellent shot from Spearing was held well by the keeper with Kiuyt and Raul ready to pounce on the bobble.
To be fair to Newcastle they did come into the game with a series of free kick and corner kicks that were either wasted or Liverpool did well to clear. Only one of those chances in the first half really caused us any problems so a credit to the back four and the Reina.
Once Joey Barton missed a good chance in the first minute of the second half Liverpool were dominant. Everything positive they did up front was coming from Suarez and Kuyt. These two were everywhere. Minutes later Suarez was fouled in the box but kept his feet (the ref thanked him later) and his shot found the face of a Newcastle defender and the deflection went just wide.
A long punt by Reina found the always willing runner in Suarez. The Newcastle defender tried to shepherd the ball out of play but Suarez kept it and he was fouled as he entered the box. The player was lucky to see only a yellow card. Contact started outside the box but was finished inside. Kuyt stepped up and made no mistake. More Liverpool dominance continued even though Flanagan and Johnson had switched sides (a protection against young Flanagan who was given a yellow card for a nothing tackle earlier in the match.) Suarez and Kuyt combined for the third with Suarez making no mistake from a 7 yards after a clever ball from Kuyt.
Kenny even got to put on Carroll for 20 minutes but the game was over at this point. It was another very solid performance and 3 more points. The turn around under Kenny is remarkable but I always knew this squad was not as bad as Roy had said. Yes Suarez makes a great deal of difference but if Roy had him in the side he would have been instructed to only advance past the half way line if Carragher was going to punt it up the field!
Man of the Match: Suarez followed by Kuyt and then Lucas
A legend retires:
The word legend is thrown around a great deal these days but a true Liverpool legend announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season in Sami Hypia. Sami must be included in a list of Top 5 foreign buys in the Premier league era for Liverpool. His professionalism is a credit to the man. He was one of my favorite players and was just a fantastic footballer. I'm sure he will succeed in coaching and I wouldn't mind seeing him back at the club one day! Good luck to the Big Finn!
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