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KEWELL'S JEWEL TAKES SHINE OFF ANFIELD SHOW

Posted on 15 January 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol felt we played well at Anfield - but conceded we could do little about the Harry Kewell thunderbolt that won it for Liverpool.

Martin Jol felt we played well at Anfield - but conceded we could do little about the Harry Kewell thunderbolt that won it for Liverpool.

We were always comfortable in possession against the reigning European champions but chances were at a minimum throughout and the first goal was always going to be crucial against a Reds side that had conceded in only one Premiership game at Anfield.

That proved crucial as Kewell's rocket volley fired Liverpool into the lead 11 minutes later and for all our measured play only two more opportunities came our way - Mido forced a fine save out of Reina and Keane volleyed wide in added time.

Head Coach Martin reflected: "The main thing when you go to Liverpool is to keep the crowd quiet and I think we did that for long spells. That is always a positive thing.

"Everyone saw in the first half that our midfield is as good as their midfield.

"Alonso is a terrific player but he had a quiet game, Gerrard was not as good as usual and those are the things we talked about and worked on.

"I think we did well - but you can't work on a cross and unbelievable shot like Kewell's.

"The only thing we would like was to do a bit better up front. Having said that we had a big chance just after half-time and normally Robbie would put that away.

"We had the feeling this could be our day because we had a strong team out.

"We had no problems but then that cross came over and they scored. That can happen and all credit to them."

Meanwhile, Martin felt the late dismissal of Paul Stalteri - a straight red card for bringing down Kewell as the last man - was somewhat harsh on the full-back.

He added: "Firstly, Kewell's touch was bad and I don't think he would have got onto the ball and secondly, Lee was sprinting over as well, so there was another player there."