The top 4 dreams are alive again as Liverpool beat Manchester United at Old Trafford after 7 long years.
Manchester United fans displayed their anger and yet again tried to intercept the match proceedings by blocking the Liverpool bus to arrive at Old Trafford but their efforts were in vain this time.
The clash between the old rivals saw a thrilling contest witnessing goals on both sides of the turf. Liverpool’s defence looked vulnerable yet again as Bruno Fernandez opened the account for the Red Devils. The lead was soon overturned by a flick from the new signing Diogo Jota to equalize the scoreline. Just before the half, Liverpool saw the return of Roberto Firmino back in goals with a thumping header.
Liverpool began the second half where they left from and Firmino’s brace gave the Reds a two-goal cushion. United was looking sloppy with their passes but this wasn’t the case with their new no. 9 Edinson Cavani, who put a beautiful ball to set up Rashford to bring United back into the game. The 6 goal thriller ended with a quickfire counter-attacking goal by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah to seal the deal for Liverpool.
The significance of the scoreline might not be that important for United but it surely meant a lot for the former Premier League champions to keep the race alive for the Top 4.
Manchester United vs Liverpool: Post Match Reaction
After the match Jurgen Klopp looked happy with the performance of his team.
“All games are different, both teams played a good game, we were better tonight so we won the game, we caused them more problems,” He (Klopp) told reporters.
When asked about the chances of qualifying for the Champions League he replied
“The only thing we can do to get to the Champions League is to win all of our games. If we win all four games it will be. We take it game by game, tonight we were good enough to win it and Sunday we have to be good enough to win the next one.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked disappointed after the match and described the game as a match of key moments which went against them in this match.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: He was as good as any world-class player on the pitch. Took over a tremendous free-kick to set Roberto Firmino‘s first, then his shot was parried for Firmino’s second.
Roberto Firmino: Looked sharp throughout the match. Back among goals always gives the confidence. His brace proved to be the difference between the sides.
Mohamed Salah: Equaled the telly with Harry Kane for the golden boot this season. Credit to him for keeping the energy till the last minute of the match to score a brilliant counter-attacking goal.