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Full-Time: Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United
13.21 – It’s almost time for one of the biggest games of the season. Brendan Rodgers and Alex Ferguson have just been interviewed together by Sky, doubtless hoping to quell any potential crowd disturbances before they happen.
(The body language, incidentally, was less than comfortable).
The big news is that Nemanja Vidic does not start, with Ryan Giggs captaining the visitors instead of Patrice Evra. Will there be a handshake?
We bloody well hope so.
Here are the teams…
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling
Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Carragher, Fernandez Saez
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, van Persie
Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes, Cleverley, Buttner
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
13.54 – Rio Ferdinand has sustained a knock. The only defensive reinforcement is Alex Buttner, a full-back, so the United faithful will be hoping the veteran recovers.
United have been poor so far, failing to find their strikers and allowing themselves to be overrun by Liverpool in midfield.
14.04 – Sterling is caught by Evra just outside the box. A clear foul on the youngster, but no booking from Mark Halsey. Gerrard’s free-kick is thumped at Suarez, who gets far too much on the ball and it goes wide. That needed a glance.
14.17 – Borini gets free down the left but isn’t able to find Suarez with his cross, while Sterling is too far behind the play.
14.40 – EQUALISER FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! Some brilliant inter-play between the United midfield and eventually Kagawa plays it out to Rafael, who brilliantly shoots past Reina.
14.47 – Suarez collects the ball from Sterling and goes down under a challenge from Evans. The temptation is to call it a dive, given the reputation of the attacker, but Evans made contact with the striker and it should have been a penalty.
Meanwhile, Paul Scholes has been booked.
14.55 – Michael Carrick picks out an onrushing Ryan Giggs, but the Welshman is flagged offside as he is about to pull the trigger.
Liverpool fly forward and Suso’s shot is blocked by Lindegaard. The youngster has impressed since replacing Borini at half-time.
Another Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson replaces Sterling. Odd decision, and Patrice Evra will be relieved.
15.29 – Mark Halsey will not have many friends left on Merseyside. He has given Liverpool nothing, denying Suarez an obvious free-kick just before he blows the whistle for full-time.
The Reds performed admirably but the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey put his side under unnecessary pressure, and they tired at the end.
United won this one ugly, but they won’t care. Liverpool now have two points from five Premier League games, with hopes of a top four finish already greatly compromised.
That’s all from Anfield, we’ll be back soon for Manchester City v Arsenal…