Score Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United in Europa League 2016

Score Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United in Europa League 2016
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Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge
Manchester United: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Memphis, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

21:58 - That is the end of Vavel Uk's live coverage of the first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie between Liverpool and Manchester United. I hope you have enjoyed it. I have been Brandon Sayer and until next time goodnight!

21:57 - Liverpool were the dominant team throughout the whole match as United were not at the races during the game. The game isn't over just yet, but a two-goal lead is a massive task to overturn and it will take a big improvement to turn it around. 

90+2 - Full time whistle goes. Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United. A well deserved win for the home side to take to Old Trafford next week. 

90' - Two added minutes added on at the end of the second half. 

85' - A good ball from Schweinsteiger into the box finds Fellaini, but he sees his header go wide of the goal. 

83' - Substitution for Liverpool: Firmino off. Dirvok Origi on.  

79' - Double Substitution for Manchester United: Mata and Schneiderlin off. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera on.  

75' - Goal for Liverpool! It's Roberto Firmino who has got the goal. Henderson gets to the byline, but his cross is poor, but Carrick clears it straight to Lallana who passes straight to Firmino who slots the ball past De Gea. 2-0 to Liverpool. 

72' - Coutinho floats the ball into the box, but the United defence manage to get it away. 

71' - Free kick to Liverpool in a dangerous area. 

69' - What a chance for Liverpool to make it two! A brilliant cut back from Lallana to Henderson sees the skipper in loads of room at the edge of the box to have a shot, but the skipper hits it over the bar. 

67' - De Gea makes yet another save! Clyne lets go from a long way outside the box, but De Gea is there again to make a great save. 

64' - Substitution for Liverpool: Sturridge off. Joe Allen on.   

60' - Yellow card shown to Maroaune Fellaini for a foul on Clyne. 

54' - Yet another save from De Gea! Coutinho hits a thunderous half volley from outside the box which De Gea doe well to tip over his bar. 

51' - Schneiderlin has a shot from outside the box which Mignolet saves comfortably. 

49' - Yellow card shown to Coutinho for a dive. Very poor to see that. 

46' - Substitution for Manchester United: Rashford off. Michael Carrick on. 

46' - The second half begins. Let's see if there will be a reaction from the away side in the second half. 

20:55 - A big half-time team talk is needed by Van Gaal to get his team going. Stay with us for the second half which starts in a few minutes time. 

20:54 - United started the game quite brightly and were probably the best team for the first 15 minutes, but a foul by Memphis on Clyne in the box to give Liverpool a penalty changed the game. Sturridge scored the penalty to give Liverpool the lead. It could have been much worse for the away side if it weren't for De Gea who made three wonderful saves to keep it at 1-0. 

45' - Half time whistle goes at Anfield. Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United. A Sturridge penalty the difference between the two sides at half time of the first leg. 

45' - Marcus Rashford receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Moreno. 

43' Dejan Lovren receives a yellow card for a foul in the lead up to Marcos Rojo's long range shot which goes miles over the bar. 

42' - De Gea saves yet again! Adam Lallana has a shot from point blank range brilliantly saved by the Spaniard. United are very lucky he's been on form tonight. 

36' - Memphis has a shot for United from a free kick outside the box, but it goes well wide of the goal. 

31' - Another fantastic save from De Gea! Smalling slips at a crucial moment in the box and it lets Sturridge in one on one with De Gea and the striker hits a fierce shot which De Gea saves brilliantly again.

24' - What a brilliant save from David de Gea! Sturridge twists and turns inside the box and plays a great cross into Coutinho who tries to tap the ball home for 2-0, but De Gea somehow manages to keep it out. 

20' - Goal for Liverpool! Daniel Sturridge steps up to take the penalty and he calmly slots the ball past De Gea. That's just what the home side wanted. 1-0 to Liverpool. 

19' - Penalty to Liverpool! Memphis Depay pulls Clyne down inside the box and the referee gives the penalty. Yellow card for Memphis too. 

8' - Free kick to United in a good position. Juan Mata takes the free kick, but he hits it straight into Mignolet's hands. 

3' - Yellow card for Jordan Henderson for a late challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin. 

1' - Kick-off at Anfield! It's game on. Fantastic atmosphere inside the ground. 

19:55 - Kick-off at Anfield is only ten minutes away! It's a massive game for both these sides tonight. It will be interesting to see if anyone goes for it from the start or if it will be a cagey beginning. It promises to be something amazing. 

18:54 - Liverpool Substitutes: Ward, Toure, Benteke, Allen, Origi, Smith, Ojo

18:53 - Liverpool Starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

18:52 - Manchester United Substitutes: Romero, Darmian, Riley, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Weir, Herrera.

18:50 - Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Memphis, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

18:48 - Stay tuned  as we bring you the all important team news next!

18:47 Hello everyone I am Brandon Sayer, and welcome to Vavel's coverage of today's clash between Liverpool - Manchester United in the first-leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Anfield. These two heavyweights have never met in Europe before and this promises to be a massive encounter between England's two most successful sides. 

In defence, it'll be Simon Mignolet in goal, whilst Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno will line up at full-back, with Jon Flanagan not being registered for European competition. The centre-back situation isn't as decided, but the smart money would go on Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren to start.

There are midfield issues for the Reds, with Lucas Leiva out injured, as is the exciting defensive midfielder Kevin Stewart. James Milner was then struck down with a virus, meaning it's unknown who will play alongside Jordan Henderson and Emre Can in midfield. It could be Adam Lallana, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge offering the other attacking threat, but that would be an extremely attacking team for Klopp to go with. Divock Origi may be in line for a start too, as he's impressed in the past two games.

Liverpool have marginally less injury complications, but are still without two long term absentees of their own. Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are both still out with ACL injuries picked up earlier this season, with neither having played under Klopp yet.

Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to full training recently, as van Gaal confirmed on Wednesday morning. Antonio Valencia has returned too, and could be set for his first match in more than a month against Liverpool. For the many faults van Gaal has shown this season, he has suffered hugely from multiple injuries to key players. Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are both out until April, with the latter having been unavailable since September when he suffered a fibula and tibia leg break against PSV Eindhoven. 

Chris Smalling also returned against the Baggies on Sunday, and was one of the only positives from the game. He's likely to start tonight alongside the ever present Daley Blind. Defenders Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian returned recently, with both starting in that poor loss against West Brom. United fans are hoping Darmian won't continue in the side, with the younger Guillermo Varela being superb since breaking into the team in December.

Despite Juan Mata's sending off at the weekend, he can play this evening. Memphis Depay is likely to start to the left of Mata while Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj and one of Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial will fight for the right forward spot. Either Martial or Rashford will start up top, with Rooney injured. Morgan Schneiderlin was supposedly rested against West Brom, coming on as a sub in the second half. He and Ander Herrera may make up the midfield, although Marouane Fellaini is back in contention and his physical presence could be key in this derby. Michael Carrick is also available. 

We don't quite yet know how each team will line up, but we can speculate, and explain what we already know. Let's take a look at the team news, starting with United.

However, the Reds have responded brilliantly. They faced City in the league immediately after losing at Wembley, and won 3-0 at Anfield last Wednesday. They followed that up with another win, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home on Sunday, thanks to a controversial last minute penalty from Christian Benteke.

Liverpool have also shown inconsistency since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in October, but the positives have by far outweighted the negatives. One of the biggest positives so far has been reaching the Capital One Cup final, which they lost against Manchester City, defeated on penalties after a 1-1 draw 11 days ago.

The reason, as to why they are out, is due to a 1-0 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion last Sunday. Solomon Rondon scored in the second half as United came shattering back down to earth after Juan Mata's sending off in the opening 30 minutes. There had been talk of van Gaal continuing at the club beyond this season, yet that has been quickly dispersed by this loss.

Van Gaal has actually won all of his games against Liverpool since taking over as United manager, but we must live in the present, so let's take a look at their recent form. Manchester United have had a season of inconsistency, and it's shown recently. Four consecutive wins against Shrewsbury Town, FC Midtjylland, Arsenal and Watford eased pressure on manager Louis van Gaal, with 12 goals in those games. Yet the hounds are out once more on the Dutchman.

Still, you might expect that it'll be a tight, cagey affair, with neither Jürgen Klopp or Louis van Gaal wanting to lose the tie in the first of two legs. The bonus to that is, though, that we get 180 minutes of action between the two teams, with the return leg set to be played at Old Trafford next Thursday.

Some might say it's only the Europa League, but does it get much bigger than this? Liverpool and Manchester United, the two biggest teams in England, competing for the first time in Europe, under the lights. It's set to be an amazing spectacle, one that's had a huge amount of attention since the draw, so let's hope that the game does itself justice.

Good evening, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of tonight's huge Europa League clash, with Liverpool hosting Manchester United at Anfield. Kick-off on Merseyside in the last 16 first leg is set for 20:00 BST, but stick with us before then, as we get team news and more ahead of the game.