Liverpool’s owner, John W. Henry, was in attendance as the Merseysiders defeated Sunderland 2-0 in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Although there can be doubts as to whether John Mensah’s tackle which led to the penalty converted by Dirk Kuyt for Liverpool’s first goal was inside the area, Liverpool were comfortable from thereon in.
The American owner was particularly impressed by the scorer of Liverpool’s second goal. “It was a great goal by (Luis) Suarez,” he told The Guardian. “He is a heck of a player.” Indeed, Henry was impressed with the Reds’ overall performance to earn three points in the Northeast. “This was a big three points for us because this is a tough place to come,” he said.
Dalglish calm over future.
With Sunday’s defeat of Sunderland, Kenny Dalglish has now picked up 20 points from his 10 Premier League games as a Liverpool manager, firmly banishing any lingering memories of the Merseysiders’ Europa League exit to Braga.
With an improvement so tangible made under his stead, it is looking increasingly likely that Dalglish will be offered the managerial role permanently. As is custom for someone so revered as Anfield, the Kop icon is sanguine about his future.
Asked if talks could be delayed until May, Dalglish replied: “That would be no problem.” He insisted that he had been offered neither a two-year nor four-year deal to manage the team permanently by Fenway Sports Group. “I don’t know who I was supposed to have asked,” the Scot told The Guardian.
Following Liverpool’s victory over Sunderland, Jamie Carragher believes the future is looking positive for Liverpool. Even though the victory comes off the back of European exit, Carragher knows that the club is in a far more stable state than when they were knocked out of Europe twelve months previous.
“I feel that the worst is over,” he told Skysports.com. “Since the new owners arrived, Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke came in and Damien Comolli joined the club, you get the sense that there is a clear direction and things are moving forward.”
As Liverpool begin to get it right on the pitch, the 33-year-old defender claims: “There is a belief that we will be back competing for a Champions League place next season.”