Any resentment left over between Liverpool and Manchester United after last Sunday’s fixture was taken into Sunday’s FA Youth Cup quarter-final between the two teams. If last Sunday’s match simmered with mutual antagonism, the game between the two teams’ under-18s outfits positively exploded with rage, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Tarnishing an otherwise good game showcasing some of the most promising young talent in England, visiting supporters were rejected for setting off a flare in the away section of the ground. Despicable songs about Heysel and Hillsborough could be heard, giving the day an altogether nastier undertone, whilst two players were sent off from each side. Liverpool will feel the harder done by – Connor Coady’s second yellow card was for being adjudged to have feinted running up to take a penalty – as they let a two goal lead slip to allow the Red Devils to progress.
Smith praises Carroll.
Writing for the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool legend Tommy Smith used his column in the paper to praise the impact Andy Carroll has had in his brief substitute appearances in a Liverpool shirt thus far.
“As far as I am concerned, Carroll should have started,” he wrote following Liverpool’s noticeable improvement against Braga when the Geordie was brought on. “Carroll’s performance at least gave the fans over there something to shout about. He is going to be a major asset for Liverpool and has to start the second-leg.”
Liverpool’s ability to progress, indeed, rests on their use of Carroll against the Portuguese defence. “Carroll is the key as they will struggle to contain him,” Smith said. “We’ve got to get plenty of balls into the penalty box.”
Deal for Dalglish.
Reports in Sunday’s sports supplements suggest that Fenway Sports Group are preparing to offer Kenny Dalglish a two year contract to take over as Liverpool manager on a permanent basis.
The deal would see the Kop legend given substantial transfer backing with the intention of transforming the Merseysiders once more into one of Europe’s top clubs.
According to the Sunday Express, negotiations between the parties are ongoing. Tom Werner and John Henry are thought to favour offering a two year deal, whilst Dalglish is said to prefer the stability of a four year contract. A positive conclusion to the negotiations would undoubtedly satisfy all parties; owners, caretaker-manager, players and fans alike.