Liverpool Give King Kenny Perfect Birthday Present

Kuyt inspires emphatic Liverpool victory

Kuyt inspires emphatic Liverpool victory

Liverpool blew the title race wide open today with a comfortable 3-1 victory at home to a lackluster Manchester United courtesy of a hatrick from Dirk Kuyt.

On his 60th birthday, Kenny Dalglish could not have asked more from his Liverpool side who made Manchester United look like anything but title contenders.

Liverpool started brightly with Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles dominating possession in the top half of the pitch.

United slowly got a foothold on the game and shaded the possession on the half hour.

However, Liverpool were ahead in the 34th minute following some excellent work from star man Luis Suarez.

The little Uruguayan beat three United players in the box before squaring the ball across goal to Dirk Kuyt who will never score an easier goal in his career.

However, five minutes later Kuyt was gifted with another goal for Liverpool.

United dealt with a Liverpool delivery into the box quiet comfortably only for Nani to bizarrely header the ball back towards the United goal for Dirk Kuyt to easily head home from within five yards.

Liverpool were in dreamland but were lucky not to have Jamie Carragher sent off right on half time following a horrendous tackle on Nani which saw the United man in tears and withdrawn from the game.

Ferguson is sure to have dealt the hairdryer treatment to his team at half time, and replaced the injured Nani with Hernandez for the second half.

United started the second half well and were unlucky not to pull one back when a Berbatov header was cleared off the line by Meireles for Liverpool.

United pressed for a much needed goal but it was Dirk Kuyt who struck again in the 65th minute with another tap in for Liverpool after Van Der Sar failed to control a Suarez free kick.

Liverpool deserved their lead and brought on record signing Andy Carroll who immediately provided a threat in the air for Liverpool.

United were totally over run in midfield, and one can only imagine why Carrick was selected ahead of Darren Fletcher, leaving a clear lack of pace in midfield for United.

Hernandez pulled one back for United in stoppage time which a tidy header inside the box following some nice work by Ryan Giggs on the right.

The day belonged to Liverpool and King Kenny on his 60th birthday. United however will need to have a good look at themselves if they are to go and claim a record 19th Premiership title this season.

On todays performance, the league is far from over.

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