As it happened: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United - Shaqiri fires second-half brace to send Reds back to the summit of the Premier League table
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As it happened: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United - Shaqiri fires second-half brace to send Reds back to the summit of the Premier League table

Matchday live text commentary blog from Anfield as Liverpool face their oldest and fiercest rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, Sunday 16:00 KO

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Joshua Kerr
liverpool-fcAlisson, Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita (Shaqiri 69), Mane (Henderson 84), Salah, Firmino
manchester-unitedDe Gea, Dalot (Fellaini 45), Lindelof, Bailly, Darmian, Young, Matic, Herrera, Lingard (Mata 85), Rashford, Lukaku
SCORE1-0, Min.25, Salah, 1-1, Min. 34, Lingard, 2-1, Min. 73, Shaqiri, 3-1, Min. 80, Shaqiri
INCIDENTSPremier League Matchweek 17 Clash at Anfield
Over and out
18:11: Well that's all we've got time for today. Liverpool continued on their title charge returning to the top of the Premier League table. Meanwhile, United fell further off the pace of their top-six rivals with yet another spineless showing from Mourinho's group of players. The Reds will turn their attention to Wolves on Friday night while the Red Devil's face another away trip in south Wales as Neil Warnock's Cardiff City side lay in wake for Mourinho's jaded and dejected team. We'll have all the reaction and post-match analysis of that, and the rest of the day's Premier League football, across the site. That's all from me, I've been Joshua Kerr and I wish you all a pleasant evening and safe travels for those in attendance at today's game!
The season is becoming darker every week for United. A dreadful performance in midweek was met with another toothless showing at Anfield. Mourinho's team now sit 11 points off the top-four after only 17 games. Any sort of title challenge was quickly put to bed by their oldest and fiercest rivals and it's difficult to see them assaulting a charge on those Champions League places. Where do United go from here?
Klopp deserves huge praise for his second-half substitutions. Shaqiri's impact was immediate and his team took the game to the visitors who looked bewildered from the off. Liverpool beat the Red Devil's in almost every department and stretched the gulf in quality even further between the two outfits. 
What a performance from Liverpool! Klopp's troops make it six league wins on the spin. The Reds have now registered 45 points from a possible 51. It stands as the fourth best start ever to a Premier League season.
FULL-TIME. There goes the final whistle and Liverpool return to the summit of the Premier League table. Two second-half goals from Shaqiri were the difference as the gap between the two rivals stretches to 19 points. It is the biggest gap between the north-west titans in 42 years!
92' Liverpool have seen 36 attempts at United's goal. Meanwhile, the visitors have only managed six attempts on a truly miserable evening here on Merseyside.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time here at Anfield. Mourinho will be desperate to get his players off the pitch. 
Liverpool have a third!
80' Goal. Shaqiri again! The Kop has been sent into delirium after Shaqiri crashes at the United goal that deflects off Bailly into the bottom left-hand corner leaving De Gea helpless to proceedings. 

 

The roof has well and truly come off here at Anfield!

Gooooooooaaaaaalllllll!!!!!
73' Goal for Liverpool. An instant impact from Xherdan Shaqiri. Mane glides effortlessly past Herrera on the left flank before darting at the United defence pulling back a cross that deflects at goal forcing De Gea into another save despite the ball falling into the feet of Shaqiri who smashes a shot that deflects off of Young and flies into the roof of the net to engulf Anfield into ecstasy.


2-1 Liverpool!!!

71' Fabinho has been a force to behold in the middle of the park for Liverpool. The Brazilian international has been the catalyst for Klopp's attack outlets this evening and the former Monaco man unleashes yet another venomous strike that is well saved by De Gea.
Keita off, Shaqiri on
69' Substitution. Keita makes way for Shaqiri. 
65' Young lines up the Red Devil's second corner of the afternoon. Meanwhile, Klopp's side have squandered 13 of their set-pieces.
64' Huge chance for United. Young comes charging up the left flank before whipping an inch-perfect cross into the path of Fellaini who looks destined to score. Thankfully for Liverpool, Robertson was present to sniff out the danger and head clear for a United corner.
63' The Reds have had three corners in the space of two minutes and each one has been wasted. The latest being Salah who cannot get it past the first man. Poor from Liverpool.
61' Another big opportunity gone begging for Liverpool. Salah is yet again given too much time on the ball and is allowed to loop a ball towards the back post that has Lovren imminent. The Croatian climbs up high but his header lacks conviction and deflects for a corner. 
59' Another defender attempts a shot from a ridiculous distance. This time its Lovren who cannons a shot into section Z  of the Kop with a pointless effort. 
56' In answer to the previous question. No, they can't! The corner is cleared effortlessly by the United defence.
56' Another corner for Liverpool. Clyne attempts an audacious effort from 30 yards out that flies off Fellaini for another Reds set piece. Can the Reds make this one count?
52' Another important save from De Gea. Liverpool charge forward and the ball falls to Firmino on the edge of the box. The Reds No.9 gets a swift toe-poke on the ball that is well saved by De Gea before Young clears for a corner.
48' Big moment for Darmian. Mane looks to break down that right-hand side getting at young. The Senegalese loops a teasing ball into the United box that Keita looks to get under. However, Darmian does well to get a clip on the ball and head away the danger. 
45' We are back underway for the second half! Fellaini has been introduced replacing Dalot.
HALF-TIME United go in at the break level despite the run of play. Mourinho will be ecstatic that his players have clawed their way back into this contest. Klopp's team completely dominated early proceedings and were pegged back due to a calamitous mistake from their usual dependable shot-stopper Alisson. 
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time here at Anfield.
38' Another United player in the book and the home supporters believe it should be red. Van Dijk makes a terrific challenge on Lukaku who responds by thundering into a clash with Keita clattering the midfielder in the process. Martin Atkinson correctly draws a yellow card and continues play.
Gooaaalllll!!!!
34' United are level! It's an absolute howler from the Liverpool goalkeeper who has had all the plaudits all week. Lukaku picks up the ball on the right-hand side and whips a cross into the box that looks comfortable for Alisson who gets down low to hold. However, the Brazilian makes a right hash of it and spills the ball right into the path of Lingard who tucks home.


1-1

27' Dalot picks up the first booking of the evening. The Portuguese youngster brought down a surging Andy Robertson to go in the referee's book.


Oh, Andy, Andy. Andy, Andy Robertson rings around the stadium.

Goooooooaaaaaaaalllllllllll!!!!!!
25' Mane opens the scoring for Liverpool! It's embarrassing defending from United's part. Fabinho clips an elegant chip over three United defenders finding Mane who has acres of space and time to chest down and comfortably slot past De Gea. 


1-0 Liverpool!

23' Nine attempts already for the hosts who mean business. The visitors have only fathomed one attempt at goal - that being the early set-piece from Young.
14' United are lacking energy and drive in the middle of the park. The back-four are completely vulnerable to the constant waves of Liverpool attacks. Firmino looks lively and lets loose another effort that blazes over the bar. 
9' Once again United are on the ropes. Salah hunts down Lindelof and nicks the ball from the Sweden international. He looks to get at the visitor's goal before teeing up Mane. The Liverpool winger has his shot blocked before falling Fabinho who hammers a shot that deflects out for a corner.
7' We've seen more action in these opening seven minutes than we did in both those previous 0-0 stalemates at Anfield put together!
6' Close for Liverpool. Firmino unleashes yet another venomous shot that is clawed away expertly by De Gea. Mane retrieves possession and looks to find Salah but the pull-back is blocked and then cleared. 


Lively start this.

4' Disallowed goal. United have the ball in the Anfield net, but, it is ruled offside. Young whips in a teasing cross that somehow finds it's way past Alisson. However, much to the delight of the Kop Lukaku attempted to get a touch on the ball in an offside position and the goal doesn't stand.
3' United awarded the first free-kick following a foul on Rashford from Keita.
2' Lively start from Liverpool. Salah and Firmino link up on the right-hand side before the Egyptian slides in Firmino who thunders a shot at goal that is blocked by Lindelof and away for a corner.
Kick-off
1' Underway at Anfield 
The players are coming out the tunnel to a wave of noise from the Anfield crowd. The venue is set, kick-off is imminent, what an occasion!
It appears Smalling sustained a foot injury into the warm-up which means Bailly comes in for the Englishman
Smalling out, Bailly in
Sudden change before kick-off for United. Eric Bailly comes in for Chris Smalling. Updates surrounding the change to follow.
5-2-3?
Mourinho has decided to opt for a strange formation against the Red Devils bitter rivals. It seems as if the 55-year-old manager is only deploying two midfielders in a very defensive system. This could leave Romelo Lukaku extremely isolated as there is no clear outlet for creativity due to the absence of Pogba.


Could Mourinho be planning to park the bus on yet another Anfield visit?

No Pogba
Paul Pogba as expected fails to make Mourinho's line-up as the Portuguese boss puts his faith in the midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera. The World Cup winner is on the bench for the third succesive league game following a string of disappointing performances.


Rafael Camacho makes the bench
Also, once again Klopp has opted for his trusted 4-3-3 system against a top-six opponent. This means Shaqiri is left to the bench for the second game in a row. 

 

The fixture also sees a rare appearance on the bench for talented youngster Rafael Camacho. The 18-year-old Portuguese talent could be used as cover at full-back considering Liverpool's growing list of injuries. Trent Alexander-Arnold made his Premier League debut against United, could we see yet another Reds youngster thrown in at the deep end and kick-start their top-flight career? 

Klopp also rotates his midfield from Tuesday night's Champions League heroics as Fabinho and Naby Keita come in for Jordan Henderson and Milner.
James Milner has been ruled out with a muscle injury so Nathaniel Clyne starts at right-back. His first PL appearance of the season.
Manchester United team
De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Darmian, Young, Matic, Herrera, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.


Subs: Romero, Bailly, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Valencia, Fellani.

Liverpool team
Alisson, Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.


Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Camacho.

The teams are in.......
Milner to start?
James Milner hobbled off late on in Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli in midweek after suffering from cramp. However, the 32-year-old is set to have recovered from the minor injury and could be deployed yet again at right-back due to the absence of youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold who was also withdrawn in the midweek fixture following a knock. Nathanial Clyne has returned to training, but, the Reds boss could be tempted to opt with Milner as the more reliable option at full-back considering Clyne is yet to feature in the league all season for Liverpool.
Manchester City returned to the summit of the Premier League table thanks to their 3-1 victory over Liverpool's neighbours Everton thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane. Klopp's team must win against the Red Devils today if they are to return to the top of league proceedings due to the Citizens overwhelming goal difference.


Kick-off is only hours away, and we'll have all the latest updates surrounding team news with you very shortly.
Clyne set to start
Klopp on Clyne fitness updates: "He (Clyne) was unfortunately injured in past 2/3 weeks but luckily he's back in full training for 3 or 4 days. Is he ready for 90mins? I don't know. But is he ready for Sunday? Yeah."

"Clyney is a very experienced player. We have other options too. Rafa Camacho played outstandingly well in pre-season there."

Alexander-Arnold update
Klopp on Alexander-Arnold: It's not as serious as the other two boys (Gomez and Matip) but it's not top class news. It's my job to find a solution for it."
Klopp on Pogba
Ahead of the game, Klopp spoke the media regarding Pogba:

Klopp on Pogba: "Paul Pogba is a world class player and that's all I can say. We should prepare for him as well."

Should this man start on Sunday?
Tactically this promises to be an interesting affair. Liverpool have failed to beat United at Anfield domestically since 2013, and, in that time they have only scored twice against their fierce opponents. Klopp will be tempted to opt for his favourable 4-3-3 formation when faced against so-called top-six opponents. Naby Keita and Fabinho have been impressive of late and were both absent from the starting line-up in Liverpool Champions League against Napoli so both could be in contention to start against the Reds Devils on Sunday. Meanwhile, for United, Paul Pogba has been hugely disappointing following his World Cup-winning summer and has recently been dropped to the bench in both of United's two previous league encounters. The French midfielder did start mid-week against Valencia and his performance didn't justify he is worthy of a start on Sunday following a lacklustre showing in Valencia that included a horrendous open goal miss from five yards out. 
Mourinho loves an Anfield upset.
Manchester United may well be heavy off the pace in terms of cementing a serious title challenge and despite their horrendous start to the 2018/19 campaign, Klopp also insisted he is not underestimating the undeniable threat United's lucrative sqaud could still oppose Liverpool come Sunday. Klopp added: "I've never been interested in the points of Manchester United"

"I've been aware of the criticism but when we analyse and switch off the sound there is a lot of quality, technique, strength, De Gea in the goal."

“I don’t think we always got the right result, last year they had a very good start in the home game against us but then we more or less took over and couldn’t get the game back."

 

'Special' match
The German, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, told reporters: "Being part of this game is pretty special. It's a big one. When I was in Germany I tried everything to watch it. Very often, very intense. It's always been tight against them", said Klopp.
Despite their uninspiring form of late, United are still able of upsetting the odds in the face of adversity. The Reds Devils were the underdogs against Champions League juggernauts Juventus when they travelled to the Allianz arena in November. However, Mourinho inspired United with a dogged and ruthless performance in an impressive 2-1 victory against the Serie A champions. It was a magical night for the club and could the Portuguese manager inspire another potential upset come Sunday?
Klopp is preparing for his eighth encounter with the Reds greatest opponents and is still yet to register a league win against the Premier League's most decorated outfit. The last two Anfield encounters have been underwhelming 0-0 draws and his managerial opponent Mourinho is currently unbeaten at Anfield since 2007 when his Chelsea side were dumped out of the Champions League in the semi-final stages.
The visitors, United, have been a complete contrast to their bitter rivals this campaign. The Red Devils currently sit 16 points off leaders Liverpool and already are eight points adrift of those crucial Champions League places. Mourinho's side were also recently embarrassed by La Liga strugglers Valencia beaten 2-1 in a toothless final Champions League group match.
Hosts Liverpool are currently embarking on their best ever start to a domestic season registering a record-breaking 42 points from a possible 46.  The Reds are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League and have won their previous three league matches. Klopp's impressive outfit will also be in high spirits following their heroic midweek performance that saw Liverpool book their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a vital 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday night.
Welcome!
Good evening folks, I'm Joshua Kerr, and welcome to VAVEL UKs live minute-by-minute commentary of the highly anticipated clash of north-west rivals Liverpool and Manchester United in what promises to be a hugely intriguing Premier League showdown between two of England's most decorated sides. Jurgen Klopp's Reds are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table whilst Jose Mourinho's Red Devils are miles off the pace sitting 16 points behind the Merseysiders. We'll have updates throughout the afternoon, with the kick-off on Merseyside at 16:00 pm BST. But until then, we'll have plenty of build-up to run down the time, so stay right here!
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