Kenny Dalglish’s first game in almost 20 years as a Liverpool manager was settled by a first minute Ryan Giggs penalty. As Liverpool settled into their rhythm following their first minute concession, their recovery was stunted by the dismissal of Steven Gerrard for a two-footed challenge. Dalglish agreed with neither decision.
“The penalty was a joke,” King Kenny opined in The Guardian. “I’ve seen the replay and unless they have changed the rules, it’s not a penalty.” He attributed the red card to incremental changes to the way football is played since he last stepped into the dugout. “In the dressing room before the game someone said to me the game hasn’t changed that much and I said I thought it had become a non-contact sport. Maybe I was right.”
Babel tweets Webb anger.
Footballers using Twitter are hardly renowned for their wit. In the aftermath of Liverpool’s FA Cup exit to Manchester United, Ryan Babel set about changing that misconception by posting a picture of Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt. Babel, who was part of the Holland squad victimised by Webb in the World Cup final for their physical approach, used the site to scoff: “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH (Shaking My Head).”
Perhaps realising that he would face censure from the FA following his outburst, Babel quickly posted an apology, saying: “Sorry Howard Webb. My apology if they take the posted pic seriously. This is just an emotional reaction after losing an important game.”
Clark joins Reds.
Kenny Dalglish moved quickly to appoint former Chelsea and West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke as his right-hand man, the Daily Telegraph reports. Clarke will join Sammy Lee in assisting Dalglish and effectively replaces Mike Kelly, who left along with Roy Hodgson having followed Hodgson to Anfield from Fulham during the summer.
Clarke arrives at Anfield with a strong reputation in the coaching field, having won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup whilst assisting Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. Dalglish acknowledged Clarke as one of the best coaches in the country: “Steve is a great addition to our backroom team and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him into the club,” he praised.