Liverpool’s rejuvenation under Kenny Dalglish continued as the reds new number 7 helped seal a 2-0 victory over Stoke.
Fernando Torres took 2 games and 16 minutes to open his LFC account. Luis Suarez did it minus the two games.
Dalglish said after the game:
“He had not even had the opportunity to train with us because of administrative stuff which had to be sorted out.
“When he starts training with the lads I think we might see an improvement.
If there is more to come – the reds are in for a treat.
Dalglish shuffled the pack again, with Aurelio and Kelly operating more similarly to wing-backs. Gerrard was more advanced than last week against Fulham, and Dirk Kuyt started as the front man.
The reds toiled away in the first half, with both Johnson and Kuyt having excellent chances to put the reds in the lead.
It wasn’t until the second half that the reds broke the deadlock.
A Steven Gerrard free kick, hit the wall and made it’s way to Meireles, who smashed in his 3rd goal in 4 games.
Kenny kept the Kop waiting as Suarez went through his warm-ups. Eventually in the 63rd minute Suarez was introduced and the ground rose to it’s feet.
His first touch in English football was not one he would remember well, and the Stoke fans – showing the lack of originality that had been present from them all game – chanted ‘What a waste of money’.
Within 16 minutes of coming on they were eating their words.
A Kuyt flick on, saw Suarez time his run to perfection, skipping past the keeper before angling his shot goalbound. Wilkinson got the touch but could only divert the ball on to the post and in.
Luis Suarez’ account was opened in front of the Kop.