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Premier League: Liverpool 3:1 Manchester United – preview, line-ups, Live Commentary

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Liverpool will meet Manchester United at Anfield in the central match of the 17th round.

Somewhat unexpectedly, but the media and fans habe talked a lot about the Merseyside team lately: first, the Reds defeated Bournemouth with the score of 4:0, but the first goal in that tense match was scored from offside. Then, Liverpool achieved an impressive victory in the most important match of the Champions League against Napoli, but there was a very controversial episode when Virgil van Dijk had to be removed at the beginning of the game for the toughest foul against Dries Mertens.

Nevertheless, despite the extra hype, Liverpool don’t pay attention to it, and the team’s results indicate it: first line in the Premier League and a place in the Champions League playoffs.

As for Manchester United, not everything is so smooth here: it is the first time when the Red Devils are already 16 points behind Liverpool in the championship at this stage! Jose Mourinho’s team is under tremendous pressure due to unsatisfactory results during the season: sixth line in the Premier League, an unsatisfactory game, a weak defence and an ineffective attack.

José Mourinho promised to be in the TOP-4 by the New Year and, apparently, he won’t keep his promise, being forced to come up with an excuse for his words.


 

Starting lineups:

Liverpool: Alisson — Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson — Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita — Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester United: De Gea — Dalot, Lindelof, Bailey, Darmian — Herrera, Matic — Rashford, Lingard, Young — Lukaku

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Anfield, Liverpool

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)82’92


90+3′ Final whistle! It’s over! Liverpool 3:1 Manchester United!

90+2′ Good shot from Salah as a final moment of the match. 36 – 6 on attempts.

90′ Atkinson added 3 minutes. 

88′ 33 – 5 on attempts, 11 – 2 on shots on target. Total Liverpool’s domination.  

85′ And the last sub from Mourinho. Mata – in, Lingard – out. 

84′ 2nd substitution from Klopp. Mane – out, Henderson – in. 

82′ Shaqiri struck seemingly easy for De Gea. But the ball hit Bailey again and with a rebound from his foot flew into the top corner – 3:1.

81′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! 3:1! SHAQIRI AGAIN!

79′ 2nd substitution from Mourinho: Herrera – out, Martial – in. 

74′ Mane beat Herrera on the left flank and shot in the center. Ricochet from De Gea and the ball fell to Shaqiri. Xherdan struck and the ball flew into the top corner with a rebound from Bailey.

73′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A SUBSTITUTION! SHAQIRI! 2:1!

70′ First sub from Klopp: Keita – out, Shaqiri – in. 

68′ Good shot from Wijnaldum but De Gea contolled the situation. 

64′ Four corners in a row from Liverpool. 

61′ Corner for Lierpool, another one. 

59′ Not accurate strike from Lovren. 

57′ Corner for Liverpool. 

54′ Eric Bailly is out of the field due to back injury. Liverpool are attacking. 

52′ DANGER FROM FIRMINO! Good strike from Roberto but De Gea saved perfectly. 

49′ The teams now playing without center of the field and exchanging with dangerous attacks.

46′ 2nd half! And the first sub from Mourinho: Dalot – out, Fellaini – in. 

45+2′ Half-time!

45+1 2 minutes added. 

44′ Corner for Liverpool.

43′ Liverpool are controlling the ball near the rivals’ penalty box in the last minutes of the first half.

41′ Firmino fouled on Rahsford during the counter-attack. No card for Roberto. 

40′ Yellow card for Lukaku. Harsh moment with Keita.  

37′ Perfect game from Fabinho was finished with Mane’s non-confident strike. 

34′ Good counter-attack from United. Lukaku from the left flank passed into the penalty area on Dalot, Alisson was the first on the ball. But Liverpool’s goalkeeper made a mistake and the ball bounced to Lingard who converted the moment into a goal – 1:1.

33′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! 1:1 LINGARD!

31′ United can’t create something dangerous because of Liverpool’s intense pace and high pressing. 

27′ Good moment from Lovren in the box after the free-kick but Dejan lacked some accuracy. 

25′ Very easy. Perfect volley-pass from Fabinho right on Mane’s leg. Easy moment for Mane, perfect ending – 1:0.

24′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! SA-DI-O MA-NE! 1:0!

22′ Sir Alex Ferguson is at Trafford, of course. 

20′ Rashford is United’s best player so far. 

18′ United pushed the game a bit away from their goal, but Liverpool still seem much stronger.

14′ Firmino struck again – a lot higher. 

13′ Liverpool are pressing amazingly. A lot of moments near De Gea’s goal. 

11′ DARMIAN! Defender saved on the line after Lovren’s header from the corner. 

10′ GOOD STRIKE FROM FABINHO! Very close to the goal but a little bit inaccurate. Corner for Liverpool.

9′ Very active football in the first minutes of the game. True British derby. 

6′ GOOD SHOT FROM FIRMINO! Long distance strike from the Brazilian but De Gea was perfect. 

5′ Corner for Liverpool.

4′ Lukaku scored but from offside – no goal.

4′ Free-kick for United.

1′ Starting whistle!

0′ Welcome to our Live Broadcast of the Nort-West derby at Anfield – Liverpool vs Manchester United!

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