Dirk Kuyt scored Liverpool’s two goals this lunchtime from the penalty spot to allow the Red half of the city to enjoy their nights out tonight. It takes enormous courage to take a penalty in any big game, but Dirk had to take two, including the one in stoppage time that turned out to be the winner. He was unbelievably cool about it.
After the game he was asked by BBC Sport what it felt like: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and the more special thing was after you score the goals, that’s the important thing. If you’re playing in Goodison Park, the supporters were all against you – you just have to focus yourself on the ball and just score. That’s all you have to do.
“Sounds easy but it was a bit difficult today.”
Dirk Kuyt was smiling for the BBC, but David Moyes was devastated. Two of his players had been sent off, one for a clear professional foul and one for deliberately saving what would have been a certain Lucas goal with his hands. His own team were refused a penalty appeal in the last seconds of the game, when Joleon Lescott appeared to crumble to the ground under very little pressure from Jamie Carragher. Moyes said: “You just need to look at the decisions. Totally gone against us today.”
Heading for a possible disrepute charge, Moyes continued: “I have to question if you can referee if you don’t see the incident in injury time on Joey Lescott.
“I’d have to say that.
“Decisions are difficult for referees but that one wasn’t a difficult decision, it was a simple decision and it wasn’t given.”
Liverpool briefly went third after the win, but were fourth by the end of the 3.00 kick-offs with Manchester City going back into third. Everton dropped into tenth place.