Friends Of Liverpool

Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-1 in the FA Cup 4th round on Saturday, thanks to an overdue goal from Dirk Kuyt in the 88th minute.

Liverpool lined up with a defensive formation with Jamie Carragher in front of a flat back four, paying too much respect to a United side shorn of players like Vidic, Ferdinand and Rooney.

Liverpool took the lead on 21 mins from a clever corner which sucked in keeper David De Ghea to allow Daniel Agger to power home a header, his first goal this Season for Liverpool.

Thereafter, Liverpool retreated and Utd gradually grew into the game in midfield with Scholes and Giggs prominent.

An attack down the right from Utd drew them level when José Enrique failed to cut out a cross to Ji Sung Park who drew the sides level with a goal on 39 mins.

Early in the second-half, thankfully Kenny Dalglish decided to change the team’s approach when he withdrew Jamie Carragher for Dirk Kuyt on 62 mins, Charlie Adam and Craig Bellamy also came on for Captain Steven Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez.

Now Liverpool really went for it with a much more attacking approach, sensing victory in their nostrils.

Liverpool took the game to Ferguson’s team in the final half-hour with Adam providing the impetous to every attack.

Yet the game seemed to be destined for a draw until a long punt upfield by Pepe Reina found the head of the hard-working Andy Carroll who flicked the ball into the path of Dirk Kuyt and the Flying Dutchman slammed the ball past De Ghea on 88 mins to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead in the tie.

A fervent Liverpool crowd rose to their feet to a man to support the team and Liverpool nearly had a third when a Carroll header smacked off the crossbar into the path of Kuyt again, who this time sent his shot wide.

However, Liverpool were not to be denied as they sealed a famous win 2-1 against Man Utd to progress into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Man of the Match: Andy Carroll