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BOBBY AT THE DOUBLE: Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-2

BOBBY AT THE DOUBLE: Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-2

A Roberto Firmino brace kept Liverpool on track for the top four as they beat Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford.

Jürgen Klopp's first-ever win away against United means his side can still qualify for the Champions League if they win their remaining three fixtures.

It looked like it was set to be a continuation of recent history with the first goal of the game though.

Manchester United took the lead around 10 minutes in when Nat Phillips put a Bruno Fernandes shot into his own goal.

Paul Pogba switched play which led to Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan Bissaka combining on the right-wing.

Fernandes was eventually found inside the area and his right-footed effort looked like it may be going marginally wide.

However, centre-back Phillips swung a leg at the strike and turned it into his own net to give United the lead.

 

Equaliser for Liverpool

 

Phillips would make amends later as his effort was guided in by Diogo Jota to give the Reds the equaliser.

The centre-back hit the ball towards goal on the turn and the diminutive Portuguese forward chopped the ball past Dean Henderson.

They almost took the lead minutes later as Mohamed Salah broke forward and passed across goal but Jota couldn't meet the pass and the counter attack fizzled out.

On the stroke of half-time though, Roberto Firmino did give the away side the advantage.

Paul Pogba had fouled Diogo Jota in a dangerous area outside the 18-yard box handing the ball to Trent Alexander Arnold.

He whipped in a sublime dead ball which Firmino headed in at the back post to put the Reds of Merseyside in the lead.

United argued that the game should've been stopped as Fernandes was down injured, but it wasn't a head injury so the referee did not need to halt proceedings.

 

Either side of the break

 

After the break, Firmino added his second goal.

United tried to play out from the back and lost possession. They won it back but Luke Shaw was dispossessed deep in his own territory.

Alexander Arnold would rifle an effort at Henderson who spilled the save to Firmino who made it 3-1.

Marcus Rashford's 50th Old Trafford league goal soon pulled one back and gave the home side a lifeline.

After giving the ball to Edinson Cavani, Rashford sprinted in behind the Liverpool backline and put the ball past Alisson Becker.

 

Wrapped up

 

Mohamed Salah stung United late on the counter as he raced in following Curtis Jones' clearance.

The home side lost possession just inside the Reds half and Salah was away.

He slipped the ball past Henderson to make it 4-2 and wrap up the points just before stoppage time.

It's a vital goal for Salah too as he chases another Premier League golden boot.

 

Penalty shouts

 

Liverpool thought they should have had a penalty in the opening exchanges when Roberto Firmino's pass across goal struck a trailing arm of Eric Bailly.

They were denied a penalty later by VAR after Anthony Taylor initially pointed to the spot.

Replays showed that Bailly had won the ball before clattering into Phillips.

Those were both questionable decisions, but the third one looked like a stone wall penalty.

Sadio Mane would later be brought down by a slipping Scott McTominay but no foul was given to spare his blushes.

After United made it 3-2, they looked close to grabbing an equaliser. Somehow, they didn't manage to breach the Stretford End net.

Chances galore were blocked before Mason Greenwood's chance was stopped on the line and out for a corner.

 

More protests

 

Several Manchester United fans once again gathered outside the ground in protest of the owners.

A much heavier police presence was in place to ensure the match went ahead.

There were still incidents though, including Liverpool's team bus being ambushed, blocked and having its tyres let down.

The game went ahead as planned however, with United even kitting out their corporate boxes for players to squeeze in a nap pre-match.

That was because they had to arrive at the ground early to avoid disruption.

Firmino's double leaves the Reds in control of their own destiny. Three more wins and they're in the Champions League next season.

For United, it's all eyes on the Europa League final.


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