It is dubbed the season saver, the game that could rescue Liverpool from a year of league underachievement, the departure of Commoli only added to the high noon drama. In the end it was the man who has come exemplify the exorbitant and misguided spending of the club, who produced the moment Liverpool FC and Kenny Dalglish were crying out for.
Even at this ludicrously early stage, it is a good bet to assume Carroll will never score a goal with the potential to have such drastic ramifications. A Liverpool loss today would have left Dalglish with few plausible justifications for the season. It was the goal the club needed and it came from the guy who needed it most.
There were even rumors that Fenway were beginning to doubt their investment in Anfield. If there were doubts about the viability of making Liverpool great again, then another date at Wembley may persuade the Americans to stick a round a little longer. It is such goals that have the power to change a season and the fortunes of a manager.
Dalglish was left to bear the brunt of the criticism following Commoli departure; the pervading feeling was the Frenchman was made a scapegoat and his dismissal left Dalglish with no fall guy. This may be true but at present Dalglish has plenty of ammunition to ensure the critics stay out of striking distance.
When Everton went ahead all the doubts, frustrations and anger were coming to boil, but a moment of madness from Distin changed the complexion of the tie and from then on it was all Liverpool. The players deserve enormous credit for a spirited and gritted comeback. By the end Luis Suarez was unplayable and Carroll should have scored twice before he headed in a late winner, courtesy of his ponytail.
Liverpool have not even won the final yet but that will not matter at present, as fans look forward to another visit to `Anfield South`. The invective aimed at Liverpool for their uninspiring league displays and at times unedifying off the field conduct will continue but as Hansen pointed out `should Liverpool win two out of three competitions they enter the critics will have no where to go`.
For Carroll the week has provided two glorious moments, moments, which he has deserved after plugging away in the face often-mindless criticism. Those who watched carefully in recent weeks should have noticed an increasingly assured touch and fluidity of movement. 35 million or not, the Geordie has worked hard to find something resembling his Newcastle form. The pedants will point to his poor goal return, but all he can do is take it a week at a time. The last week has restored his confidence and in the process brought the jovial feeling back to Anfield. That in itself should be enough for now, for bringing joy to fans is what a player is employed to do, and no amount of money can buy the feeling the red half of Wembley experienced this afternoon. Liverpool a spent force? Not yet son, not by a long shot.
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