By Don Evans of "The News of the World"
A Ronnie Whelan hat-trick sent Liverpool further towards the League title and Coventry closer to the Second Division.
Brilliantly directed by Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool buried City even before half-time with midfield man Whelan then adding late-on the third goal after his two in the first half. By half-time City, who had managed only one real shot - from Nick Pickering - were not only trailing by those two Whelan goals but should have been further behind.
The others inevitably came along. There was Molby getting one in the 46th minute, Ian Rush after two earlier misses getting the fourth in the 78th minute and Whelan flinging arms high as he made it a hat-trick in the 83rd.
And all down to the brilliant creative work especially in the first half of player-manager Dalglish.
It took 20 minutes, two near misses by Jan Molby and some distinguished play from Kenny Dalglish before Liverpool scored.
Then Ronnie Whelan twice strode through inside six minutes to send the Anfield club on its way.
Dalglish had set up Steve Nicol, whose perfect through ball ripped Coventry apart for Whelan to net. Any off-side suspicions were offset by the Liverpool second goal, which came soon after the referee had been called to the touch line by a linesman and spoke to the Coventry bench.
Whelan's second goal came in similar spectacular fashion. The midfield man placed the ball past Coventry keeper Steve Ogrizovic as he advanced out. Jim Beglin had set up the move.
Ian Rush, back in action after sustaining a heavy knock, should have scored Liverpool's third goal long before it came. But first he put wide and the second occasion Ogrizovic came out to block his shot.
Coventry had been able to test Liverpool's keeper, Bruce Grobbelaar with only one real shot from Nick Pickering before Molby scored Liverpool's third in the 46th minute, the ball being deflected.
A packed house of 42,729 had seen a match dominated by Liverpool with unhappy City able to offer so little in return.
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