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Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC launch the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC launch the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

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Steven Gerrard of Liverpool FC speaks to fans at the launch the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates. as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool FC speaks to fans at the launch the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates. as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

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Steven Gerrard of Liverpool FC meets with fans as he launches the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates, as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool FC meets with fans as he launches the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates, as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin

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Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez of Liverpool FC launch the new Liverpool away kit in front of the Shankly Gates as adidas bring iconic pieces from Liverpool FC to the city on May 12, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland

Hundreds of Irish Liverpool fans showed their commitment to the side by queueing for up to seven hours to see some of their idols -- for just 10 minutes.

Club captain Steven Gerrard, new hero Luis Suarez and this season's top scorer Dirk Kuyt jetted into Dublin for a flying visit yesterday afternoon.

And the announcement that Kenny Dalglish had agreed a three-year contract to manage the Premier League side only added to the carnival atmosphere -- with the players posing with a 'Dalglish -- All In' shirt.

Rather inevitably, the shirt was Liverpool's new away jersey, which went on sale yesterday priced at €45.

Supporters had began to gather from early morning outside Lifestyle Sports on Henry Street in Dublin as news of the impending visit began to trickle out.

As word spread, the crowd swelled until some 300 people had gathered by 1pm.

Expected to appear at lunchtime, it was just before 3pm when a private jet carrying the trio landed at Weston airport, near Lucan.

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Some 40 competition winners got to meet the players inside the shop, where they had jerseys signed.

And eventually, after many false dawns, the crowds finally got what they were waiting when Liverpool's numbers 7, 8 and 18 emerged at 4.30pm and posed for pictures on a mocked-up Anfield front gate outside the store.

But while there were three players present, there was only really one that the fans were interested in -- "Super Stevie Gerrard" -- as they chanted when he took to the stage.

Declaring it great to "share some time with the Irish fans", the captain reached across a thick barrier of security to his supporters.

"Liverpool has always had a huge number of Irish supporters and I know thousands come over to Anfield for every game, which in terms of time and the costs involved is a big sacrifice," he said.

And then, as quick as a Suarez stepover, the whole thing was finished and the three players disappeared into the store to be whisked back to the airport.

"What? Is that it?" cried one man as he made his way home.


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