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The Legend Begins...
Without looking up the match report in the archives, I can't recall there being a first half.
Looking at the match report, it does say there was a first half. Forty-five minutes played, and then half-time.Shortly after half-time, Raul Meireles bagged a goal from close range.
I really don't remember any of this.
All that mattered about this game was that Luis Suarez made his Liverpool debut just days after signing with the club—without even having time for a single team training session.
Sixty-three minutes into the game Suarez came onto the pitch, met by a standing ovation of fans eager to see the new No. 7. The knife that Fernando Torres left in the back of Liverpool still hadn't been removed, and the fans needed something to give them confidence about what the post-Torres Liverpool would look like.
Having seen Suarez with Ajax I thought we had just signed a very good player.
I was wrong.
We'd gotten ourselves a great player, who I now rank as one of the best forwards in world football. As soon he entered the game, Suarez displayed the kind of touch, control, and flare only the best South American players have.
It's safe to say he stole the show. Back-heels, "Zidane turns," fantastic vision, an eagerness to run at defenders—all the stuff football connoisseurs drool over.
Then Suarez sealed the deal by running onto a through ball from Dirk Kuyt, deftly stepped around the keeper, kept his balance, and hit the ball with his left foot into the net. And as the ball was going into the net, the Stoke defender trying to clear it was just teased a little bit in thinking that he might be able to prevent the goal.
El Pistolero instantly usurped El Nino's place and left literally every Liverpool supporter around the world asking the same question: "Fernando Who?"