Derby's Gritty Foreign Legion Out-Guns Reds; Derby County 3 Liverpool 2
KEVIN Keegan can hardly have been impressed.
The England boss turned up at Pride Park hoping to cast his eye over some of the nation's most precious footballing jewels in the beloved red of his old club, Liverpool, only to see them eclipsed by Derby's foreign legion of Germans, Jamaicans, Croatians, Costa Ricans and Scandinavians.
Two goals from Paulo Wanchope and one from Deon Burton were enough to give a resurgent Derby another three points.
But, with Keegan due to name his first national squad on Thursday for the vital European qualifier against Poland, this was as worrying a match for English football as it was for Liverpool.
There was little to suggest that once-mighty Reds could rise from their mid-table mediocrity and secure a Europe place next season.
In contrast, while only four of the 16 players on Derby's teamsheet were from the home countries, the Midlanders displayed a wonderfully British bulldog spirit.
It was no surprise when they took the lead.
Lars Bohinen swung over a corner and Burton rose above everyone to send a glancing header into the net. …