Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish delighted with return of Steven Gerrard

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Gerrard admitted he’ll be glad to see the back of 2011, when groin and ankle
problems kept him on the sidelines, saying: “I’ve had a terrible year
and I can’t wait to put it behind me, but it’s great to be back, to be back
playing with the lads and getting on the scoresheet,”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt his side could have claimed a point, and
argued a poor refereeing decision by Lee Probert prior to Liverpool’s second
goal on 77 minutes was the key moment.

“The second goal was the turning point. It was never a foul and I don’t
know why the referee has given it,” said Pardew. “We made an error
on the line but we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.

“We could have been better tonight, more positive. But we have done
brilliantly in 2011. We have some very good players who are all fighting for
each other.”

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye’s late tackle on Jay Spearing may land him
in trouble with the FA if it is reviewed, while Craig Bellamy, who scored
twice against his former club, also needed stitches after a
challenge by Fabricio Coloccini.

Pardew insisted there was no malice in the Cabaye challenge, and Dalglish, who
knows full well how retrospective action can hurt a club as he deals with
Luis Suárez’s suspension, was diplomatic in his observations.

“I never saw the tackle, but I’m sure if there was anything untoward the
governing body will act appropriately,” he said.

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