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From Kenny Dalglish's diary

- From Kenny Dalglish's diary: "The big day – our first home game of the season, against Oxford United. The team’s previous performances and the way in which the new players have settled in so comfortably were encouraging signs. Today the team had the chance to show our home supporters what they are capable of on their own territory; they had already enjoyed the tremendous backing of the large number of our fans who had travelled to away games.

For the first time this season Mark Lawrenson was fit enough to be included in our original sixteen-strong squad. However, with Craig Johnston still ruled out with his groin trouble I decided on an unchanged team. I also chose the same two substitutes, Paul Walsh and John Wark.

The atmosphere was terrific, as was the football itself. Only 3 minutes into the match, John Barnes made a run and crossed for John Aldridge to arrive at the far post and to score his first goal at the Kop, where he once stood as a boy cheering on past Liverpool teams. It was a great moment for John and for us. The fans, needless to say, were equally delighted.

We went two up after 37 minutes thanks to more magic from John Barnes. Beardsley’s free kick was played to Whelan for Barnesie to blast left-footed past Peter Hucker. The fans went wild – they had witnessed John’s great talent. The only disappointing thing is that we failed to add further goals in the second half. But we won and conceded nothing. I was impressed, and not for the first time, by Ray Houghton’s performance in Oxford’s midfield. He looks a fine player and is a good competitor. "

Copyright - Kenny Dalglish

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