Kenny Dalglish returns not with a bang, but with a whimper. Yesterday's FA Cup tie at Old Trafford was hugely underwhelming, mostly because of two decisions from Howard Webb, one right, one wrong. The second minute penalty must have been a knife in Dalglish's side, but Gerrard has only himself to blame for the sending off before half time. The whole world saw the World Cup final, when Webb was letting karate kicks and back-alley beatdown's go unpunished.
KD was pretty blunt afterwards with feelings on the refereeing.
"The penalty was a joke."
There was a bit more vibrancy from Liverpool before Gerrard was sent off. What's clearly different now is that the impotent submission of the Hodgson era has been replaced by old-school bluster and passion. One wonders if the world has not Liverpool behind, though. The fears of neutral United haters is that the Dalglish appointment will awaken the crotchety beast within Alex Ferguson and the drive for 19 will be galvinized.