Have Liverpool Handed United The Title?
Liverpool fans celebrating their remarkable 102nd-minute equaliser against Arsenal in the EPL, late on Sunday evening, may have seen their side hand Manchester United a record-breaking 19th English league title. However, that did not concern manager Kenny Dalglish, who offered post-match praise for his side’s “attitude and commitment.”
There have been calls from families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough in 1989 for Dalglish to be knighted.
Meanwhile, Dalglish is still awaiting talks on a permanent Reds contract, although he will be encouraged by news that his coach Steve Clarke has begun talks. The club have also agreed to extend the contract of Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt. However, captain Steven Gerrard’s season is over after undergoing a groin operation.
Liverpool lie sixth in the EPL, only two points above resurgent city rivals Everton, after a remarkable ending at Arsenal.
They fell behind to a penalty eight minutes into the stoppage-time allowed for Jamie Carragher’s second-half head injury. But they earned themselves a spot-kick two minutes later which Kuyt gleefully dispatched. Dalglish said: “I don’t think there’s another team anywhere that would show the attitude and commitment we showed out there.”
Carragher lost consciousness after a clash of heads with teenage defender John Flanagan but declared himself “absolutely fine…as soon as I came round.” However, Liverpool also lost Fabio Aurelio to a first-half hamstring strain and striker Andy Carroll also failed to finish the match. The extent of their injuries remains unclear.
Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotherham this week put down an early day motion in parliament on behalf of the Hillsborough families asking for Dalglish to be awarded a knighthood.
Dalglish was Liverpool boss at the time of the tragedy and attended many of the funerals in person. The announcement was made at the Anfield memorial service held on April 15th, the 22nd anniversary of the tragedy.
While Dalglish waits on confirmation that he will be appointed permanent Liverpool boss, his coach Steve Clarke is in talks on a new three-year deal. It is widely expected that a similar deal for Dalglish will automatically follow.
30-year-old Kuyt has signed a one-year extension to his contract, which will keep him at Anfield until 2013. And captain Gerrard will be out for the season and is “expected to return for pre-season training.”
Liverpool play host to struggling Birmingham City in the EPL on Easter Saturday at 3pm.
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