Gary Pendry was sensationally sent off as Birmingham City's depressing start to the season slumped to embarrasment here today.
Blues crashed to a humiliating defeat against European Champions Liverpool, who used most of the second half purely as practice.
Blues started impressively and Givens appealed for a penalty when he was brought down by Alan Kennedy.
Despite their early pressure Blues failed to make an impression and Liverpool took a stunning lead after only 11 minutes. McDermott flicked on first time from Case and Gallacher handled 20 yards out. Souness took the free kick and it deflected off the Birmingham wall over Freeman's head.
Blues replied with a gem of a move when Barraclough found Emmanuel inside the box and the No 10 chested the ball down expertly and volleyed a shot from inside the six-yard box. Luckily for Liverpool, Thompson was in the way and the ball went for a corner.
Pendry was booked for blatently tugging at Dalglish's shirt and then, in the 29th minute, Blues were shattered. Pendry obstructed Heighway when the Liverpool no 9 threatened and the referee immediatly produced the red card to the Birmingham captain.
Birmingham, with Emmanuel moving to full back, refused to lie down, and should have had an equaliser as half-time approached. Liverpool failed to clear their lines in another sustained Blues attack and when Givens found the ball at his feet 12 yards out he hurried his shot and the ball flew over.
Liverpool looked assured in possession and when Ray Kennedy crossed from the left Dalglish glanced a header past Freeman's far post.
Liverpool restarted with a half hit from Heighway which Freeman saved easily before Thompson moved up to make the miss of the year.
Case rounded Emmanuel on the right, took the ball to the byline, and slipped a perfect pass to Thompson just inside the six-yard box and clear of the defender. But he ballooned his shot way over.
The champions turned their superiority into a second goal in the 56th minute. Dalglish fed Case who lost the ball in a melee of defenders but regained it and stabbed a short pass to scorer Souness ten yards out. The Liverpool midfield star slipped the ball past Freeman to underline Liverpool's grip on the game.
Eight minutes from time Alan Kennedy added a third for Liverpool and his first for the club.
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