Sunday 25 August 2019

Emotional Euro night beckons for Dalglish

KENNY Dalglish will face up to his darkest memories when he leads Liverpool out in European competition against Sparta Prague more than a quarter of a century after that fateful night in the Heysel Stadium.

"I have another opportunity now, but there are a lot of people who never get second chances," said Dalglish, recalling the tragedy that cost 39 lives during the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus and the impact it had on both himself and the game.

"Heysel was a terrible tragedy. For many people to lose their lives at a football game was appalling and it was right that somebody was punished."

This Europa Cup tie against Sparta in Prague will be his first engagement in Europe since Heysel and it is more than appropriate that Dalglish should choose some of the youngest on Liverpool's books to make the journey with him.

Teenage sensation Raheem Sterling, Conor Coady, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson are the brightest stars of the Kirkby academy.

"We have to work out if they are going to stay on the bench or go on at some stage," Dalglish said.

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