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Dalglish's first game

Liverpool began nervously, giving the ball away on numerous occasions, but gradually they settled down to the task in hand and finished well in command.

The turning point was undoubtedly Ronnie Whelan's goal, headed home from a pin-point cross by Jim Beglin in the 33rd-minute. Liverpool then relaxed to stroke the ball about in fluent fashion and the constructive skills of Lawrenson and Hansen helped them build smoothly from the back.

In the second half, Steve Nicol created havoc down Arsenal's left flank, displaying remarkable close control in addition to his usual strength and determination, whilst Jan Molby knocked 30-yard passes around in a manner not seen since the departure of Graeme Souness, who was transferred to Italian club Sampdoria for 650,000 pounds, on 12 June 1984.

Arsenal gradually lost the initiative although they remained dangerous on the break, especially through the endeavours of Graham Rix. Grobbelaar tipped a Robson shot around the post shortly before Nicol headed Liverpool's second goal from Dalglish's accurate cross in the 61st-minute.

Prior to the game, there was a short service in memory of the dead at Heysel. The failure of amplifying equipment meant that the planned service had to be held in a corner of the ground and many spectators were unaware of the event. Three verses of 'Abide With Me' proved too much for the Kop, who were familiar only with the chorus. In typical manner, they substituted a rousing rendition of 'You'll never Walk Alone'.

From Liverpool, Champions of Champions by Brian Pead.

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