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From Kenny Dalglish's diary

From Kenny Dalglish's diary: "The sun shone at Highhury as we started the season and we knew we were in for a difficult game. Some people described this as our day of judgement in the aftermath of Ian Rush’s departure and the arrival of John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge, who had started only two previous senior games. It was nothing of the sort; although you could say that every day is a day of judgement in this game. It was simply the first match of another long and testing season and our only concern this afternoon was trying to win three points.

Talking of new players, Steve Nicol almost falls into that category. He played at left-back today for his first competitive match since before last Christmas, and when you welcome back someone after so long out of action it is almost akin to having a new player. It was certainly great from our viewpoint to have Steve available again because he can fill a number of positions and do a good job in each one.

Just nine minutes into the game we took the lead through John Aldridge, who beat John Lukic with a header after a move involving our two other new boys John Barnes, who supplied the cross, and Peter Beardsley. But Paul Davis headed Arsenal level just eight minutes later and, in all honesty, the game could have gone either way on a very warm afternoon.

It was still 1-1 with five minutes to go when we sent on Paul Walsh for Beardsley, who was feeling the effects of a couple of kicks he had received. With just three minutes left, Steve Nicol celebrated his return with a headed winner from the edge of the box after Tony Adams had headed away a Barnes free kick. Naturally, we are delighted to have started the season by collecting three points from a difficult away fixture but now, because of work to the Kop, we will have to wait a fortnight before our next First Division action."

Copyright - Kenny Dalglish

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