BLACKPOOL completed a truly memorable night, beating Liverpool and ruining Kenny Dalglish’s first Premier League match in charge.
The Tangerine hoardes went home delirious after witnessing a terrific performance from their time which earned them a deserved three points, and ensured they did the double over Liverpool, after winning 2-1 at Anfield earlier in the season.
Mind you it didn’t immediately go to plan as Dalglish got off to the perfect start, when he saw his side score just four minutes in.
The goal was simplicity itself, Martin Kelly’s pass sending Fernando Torres clear and the Spaniard - supposedly out of form - finished in emphatic fashion, smashing a rising drive into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Kenny Dalglish jumped for joy on the touchline - he couldn’t have wished for a better start on his return to league management.
But the Seasiders wasted little time in hitting back when on 12 minutes Gary Taylor-Fletcher latched onto David Vaughan’s pass, wriggled his way past a half-hearted challenge by Daniel Agger and slid the ball under Pepe Reina. A quality finish from Taylor-Fletcher which brought Bloomfield Road to its feet.
DJ Campbell put a header wide from close in and Charlie Adam’s half-hit shot was comfortably saved by Reina but there was nothing to separate the teams at the break.
Adam had a thumping shot turned away 10 minutes after the retarts and Reina was in action moments later, spectacularly tipping Vaughan’s close range effort over the bar.
Torres thumped a volley over from a Lucas cross on 57 minutes. It would have been a terrific goal. As it was it nearly gave someone in the south stand concussion. Toress tried his luck again on the hour. He was on target this time but Kingson saved.
Liverpool looked to be growing in confidence and getting on top. Then Pool took the lead.
It was a fine goal too: Neal Eardley crossing from the right, Ian Evatt heading the ball back into the danger area and Campbell nodding past Reina. Bloomfield Road erupted.
Amazingly it was Pool, not their more illustrious opponents, who pushed forward thereafter and looked the more likely to score.
In the end they didn’t need to. 2-1 was more than enough.
BLACKPOOL: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Vaughan, Adam, Grandin, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney. Subs: Rachubka, Southern, Ormerod, Baptiste, Euell, Sylvestre, Phillips
LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Meireles, Agger, Jovanovic, Lucas, Poulsen, Kelly, Skrtel, Kuyt, Torres. Subs: Gulacsi, Konchesky, Kyrgiakos, Rodriguez, Wilson, N’Gog, Shelvey
Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumerland)