Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish refused to criticise Jamie Carragher for his horror tackle that saw Nani stretchered off the pitch at Anfield yesterday.
Carragher picked up only a yellow card for the knee high lunge that left Nani in tears at the end of the first half. Sir Alex Ferguson was so disgusted with the decision and tackle that he ordered a media blackout, and nobody from the club was available to comment.
Phil Dowd became another referee who would be the talk of the game after failing to send off Carragher, as well as Maxi Rodriguez for a two footed lunge at Rafael, and Rafael should also have gone for his two footed tackle on Lucas.
Dalglish, asked if Carragher was lucky to stay on the pitch said, ”I think he was fortunate to be playing for Liverpool today, because we were the better team.
“I think the match was played in a fantastic spirit and I think both sets of players deserve great credit for they way they went about the match and for the most part, I think they made the referee’s job quite easy.
“Football is more important than an incident in the football match. For us, we will talk about what we did on the football pitch, because we don’t want to dilute that.”
The referee’s decisions overshadowed what was a fantastic Liverpool performance, with Luis Suarez proving he can indeed fill Fernando Torres’s shoes, and a Dirk Kuyt hat trick from a combined six yards.
“It’s a hat-trick, he’s got to be there to put it in. He works tirelessly for the cause and any reward he gets he works really hard for,” Dalglish said.
“So if someone has been generous to him and laid something on for him a yard in front of goal then good luck to him, he deserves it.
“For us it is a huge win and the lads deserve great credit for the way they played, their discipline, their application and the pride they showed in themselves and the football club.
“It’s been a tough season, it’s not finished yet, but I think that would be the highest point of the season for Liverpool fans and to be part of it was an absolute pleasure. The boys that played today were magnificent.”
Andy Carroll also came on for his Liverpool debut following his £35million switch, and showed some good touches.
“Andy needs games. This was just a reward for the work he has done in training. He and the medical staff have done brilliantly.
“For Andy to be part of it, it gives him a welcome and you couldn’t get a better game or a better occasion this season than that one.”