Liverpool secured their best start to a Premier League season since 1994-95 with victory over champions Manchester United at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge celebrated his 24th birthday with his third successive winner of the season by steering in a close-range header in the third minute.

Liverpool deserved their latest single-goal victory, a result that also maintained new United manager David Moyes' miserable record at Anfield.

Moyes hoped for better luck with United after 12 games without victory as Everton manager - but his team came up short despite enjoying plenty of possession in the second half after being outplayed before the break.

Liverpool v Man Utd stats

  • Liverpool are the first team since Chelsea in 2010-11 to win their opening three league games without conceding a goal
  • United have only failed to score once in their last seven Premier League trips to Anfield
  • Liverpool have won their opening three games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1994-95
  • United boss David Moyes has never enjoyed a Premier League victory at Anfield, losing five and drawing six

The visitors were without Wayne Rooney after he suffered a head wound in training, which also keeps him out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. How they missed his creativity.

Robin van Persie squandered United's best chance late on but otherwise it was a relatively comfortable afternoon for Liverpool's new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has yet to concede a Premier League goal since his £9m summer move from Sunderland.

And it was a fitting victory for Liverpool as Anfield celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of their legendary Scottish manager Bill Shankly.

Current incumbent Brendan Rodgers will surely settle for fourth place this season and the early evidence hints at great promise, with suspended striker Luis Suarez still to return.

As for United, this was a performance lacking in inspiration, purpose and threat and once again underlined the urgency for transfer business to be done in the closing hours of the transfer window.

Everton's Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team's standards.

Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd: Moyes says Man Utd deserved penalty

Having suffered the loss of Rooney just as he had returned to the fold, Moyes' mood will not have improved as Liverpool took the lead in the third minute. Ashley Young's ill-advised attempt to dribble out of danger ended in a corner and when Steven Gerrard's delivery was headed goalwards by Daniel Agger, Sturridge deflected it home from virtually on the line.

United's initial response was bright, with Young's corner drifting untouched across the six-yard area and Van Persie just unable to keep an overhead kick down.

Moyes was forced into a first-half reshuffle when Phil Jones, watched by England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine, limped off and was replaced by Antonio Valencia.

Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd: Brendan Rodgers hails winning mentality

But as the half progressed, Liverpool's pressure and high-tempo passing game increased United's frustration and it threatened to boil over on the stroke of half-time when Van Persie, who had already been booked, was involved in angry verbal exchanges with several Liverpool players, particularly Gerrard.

United began with more purpose in the early phase of the second half and Liverpool were grateful for Glen Johnson's crucial block from Young's goalbound shot.

It was the disappointing Young's final contribution as he was replaced by Nani shortly after Liverpool had introduced Raheem Sterling for Iago Aspas.

United were having more possession but a sign of the effectiveness of Liverpool's defence was that it took the visitors 76 minutes to force Mignolet into serious action, when he dived to punch away a shot from substitute Nani.

There was another worry for Liverpool, and watching England boss Hodgson, when Johnson limped off with 13 minutes left.

Van Persie wasted United's best chance with three minutes left when he was played in by substitute Javier Hernandez but could not find the target with an angled finish.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson (Wisdom - 79' )
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 09 Aspas Booked (Sterling - 60' )
  • 10 Coutinho (Alberto - 84' )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 21 Lucas Booked
  • 15 Sturridge

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 34 Kelly
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 06 Alberto
  • 31 Sterling
  • 33 Ibe

Manchester United

  • 01 De Gea
  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones (Valencia - 37' )
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic
  • 11 Giggs (Hernandez - 73' )
  • 16 Carrick Booked
  • 18 Young Booked (Nani - 63' )
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 23 Cleverley Booked
  • 20 Van Persie Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 12 Smalling
  • 28 Buttner
  • 08 Anderson
  • 17 Nani
  • 25 Valencia
  • 14 Hernandez
Ref: Marriner
Att: 44,411

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 4

Corners

2 7

Fouls

15 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:36 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:19

Short corner taken by Luis Alberto.

90:00 +4:39

Raheem Sterling takes a shot. David De Gea turns it away with a finger tip save.

90:00 +4:08

Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:33

Tom Cleverley challenges Daniel Sturridge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +2:04

Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

90:00 +1:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Michael Carrick.

90:00 +0:27

The ball is crossed by Tom Cleverley.

90:00 +0:14

Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:14

Tom Cleverley makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:08

Clearance by Jordan Henderson.

90:00

Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.

89:57

Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

89:18

Leiva Lucas receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

89:18 Booking

Booking

88:59

Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley.

88:05

Raheem Sterling makes a clearance.

88:02

Centre by Patrice Evra.

87:56

Antonio Valencia sends in a cross.

87:55

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

87:54

Javier Hernandez delivers the ball.

87:42

Shot by Daniel Sturridge. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.

87:33

Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

86:57

Robin van Persie takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

85:45

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

85:43

Patrice Evra makes a clearance.

84:32

Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick.

84:05

Handball decision goes against Raheem Sterling.

83:24

Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Luis Alberto on for Phillippe Coutinho.

82:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Leiva Lucas.

81:54

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

81:35

Shot by Javier Hernandez. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.

80:57

Andre Wisdom takes the free kick.

80:37

Patrice Evra challenges Jordan Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:47

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

79:27

Centre by Luis Nani.

79:14

Clearance made by Andre Wisdom.

78:52

Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

78:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Danny Welbeck.

78:24

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

77:58 Substitution

Substitution Glen Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Andre Wisdom.

76:22

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

76:19

The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia.

76:12

Shot by Luis Nani. A parry by Simon Mignolet prevents the goal.

74:07

Phillippe Coutinho makes a clearance.

73:44

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

73:28

Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.

73:07

Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Robin van Persie results in a free kick.

72:59

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Javier Hernandez comes on in place of Ryan Giggs.

71:37

David De Gea manages to make a clearance.

71:13

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

71:11

The ball is sent over by Luis Nani.

69:06

Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.

68:35

Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia.

68:04

Chance falls to Ryan Giggs who heads at goal. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.

68:03

Corner from the left by-line taken by Luis Nani.

65:51

Clearance by Leiva Lucas.

64:25

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

64:00

Michael Carrick takes the free kick.

63:53

Foul by Phillippe Coutinho on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded.

62:32

Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.

62:19 Substitution

Substitution Luis Nani comes on in place of Ashley Young.

62:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Sturridge.

59:55 Substitution

Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Raheem Sterling coming on for Iago Aspas.

59:16

Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.

58:53

Ashley Young booked.

58:53 Booking

Booking

58:39

Ashley Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson.

58:18

Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

58:11

Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra.

56:30

Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.

56:29

Patrice Evra delivers the ball.

56:09

Patrice Evra takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

56:08

Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

56:05

Ashley Young delivers the ball.

54:46

Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

54:41

David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.

54:21

Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young.

54:14

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

54:10

Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

53:40

Danny Welbeck challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:54

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

52:27

Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.

52:26

Centre by Antonio Valencia.

52:11

Clearance made by Leiva Lucas.

52:09

The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.

50:43

Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.

50:39

Clearance made by Daniel Agger.

50:38

Ashley Young takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Glen Johnson.

50:36

Clearance made by Steven Gerrard.

50:33

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

50:16

Daniel Sturridge manages to make a clearance.

50:14

Michael Carrick sends in a cross.

50:12

Clearance by Daniel Agger.

50:09

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young.

49:51

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

49:50

Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.

48:38

Daniel Agger takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

48:37

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.

47:54

Unfair challenge on Iago Aspas by Michael Carrick results in a free kick.

47:12

Clearance by Patrice Evra.

46:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young.

46:22

Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.

46:19

Ryan Giggs sends in a cross.

46:04

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

46:01

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra.

45:56

Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

45:46

Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Glen Johnson results in a free kick.

45:15

Clearance made by Danny Welbeck.

45:12

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:33 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:58

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young.

43:40

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

43:38

Ashley Young makes a clearance.

43:26

Ashley Young manages to make a clearance.

41:37

Clearance by Daniel Agger.

41:26

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

41:21

Clearance by Michael Carrick.

41:17

Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

40:54 Booking

Booking

40:54

Michael Carrick goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

40:42

Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Iago Aspas.

40:40

Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

40:37

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young.

39:36

Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

39:22

Daniel Sturridge fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick.

39:12

Clearance by Antonio Valencia.

39:09

Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

38:35 Booking

Booking

38:35

Booking for Robin van Persie for unsporting behaviour.

38:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Robin van Persie.

38:00

Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

37:46

Glen Johnson challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:44

Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Glen Johnson results in a free kick.

37:00 Substitution

Substitution Antonio Valencia comes on in place of Phil Jones.

36:31

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

36:21

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

35:43

Phillippe Coutinho shoots direct from the free kick and goes left of the target.

34:30

Iago Aspas is given a yellow card.

34:30 Booking

Booking

34:02

Tom Cleverley receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

34:02 Booking

Booking

33:27

Tom Cleverley challenges Phillippe Coutinho unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:16

Clearance by Phil Jones.

32:44

The ball is sent over by Phil Jones.

31:02

Tom Cleverley restarts play with the free kick.

30:57

Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Iago Aspas results in a free kick.

30:41

Centre by Robin van Persie.

28:26

Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.

28:15

Tom Cleverley fouled by Phillippe Coutinho, the ref awards a free kick.

28:04

Clearance by Phil Jones.

28:04

Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.

27:24

Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

27:13

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

26:50

Shot comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick. David De Gea safely holds on.

26:02

Foul by Michael Carrick on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded.

25:56

Clearance by Ryan Giggs.

25:32

Clearance by Daniel Agger.

25:29

Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

24:57

Foul by Iago Aspas on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded.

23:53

Glen Johnson makes a clearance.

23:51

Clearance by Daniel Agger.

23:05

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

22:18

Clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

22:05

Clearance made by Daniel Agger.

21:13

Clearance made by Robin van Persie.

20:51

Phillippe Coutinho takes a weak shot. David De Gea safely holds on.

20:19

Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

20:17

Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.

19:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Ryan Giggs.

18:18

Clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

17:52

Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

17:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillippe Coutinho by Phil Jones.

15:57

Clearance made by Michael Carrick.

15:21

Corner taken by Ryan Giggs.

14:41

Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.

14:38

Danny Welbeck takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Glen Johnson.

14:34

Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.

14:12

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

13:22

Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

13:04

Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Patrice Evra results in a free kick.

12:52

Iago Aspas manages to make a clearance.

12:46

Clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.

12:23

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

12:20

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

12:17

Michael Carrick manages to make a clearance.

11:37

Corner taken by Ashley Young.

11:13

Clearance by Martin Skrtel.

11:10

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young.

10:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Ashley Young.

10:12

Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

10:10

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

9:41

Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal. David De Gea safely holds on.

9:07

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a block.

8:39

Clearance by Ryan Giggs.

8:35

Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

8:33

The ball is swung over by Tom Cleverley.

8:25

Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.

8:22

The ball is swung over by Phil Jones.

8:10

Clearance by Martin Skrtel.

7:19

Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

7:19

Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.

7:11

Clearance made by Iago Aspas.

6:36

Phillippe Coutinho has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

6:01

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

5:34

Robin van Persie takes a shot and goes over the bar.

5:28

Free kick crossed by Ryan Giggs.

4:51

Danny Welbeck fouled by Sanchez Jose Enrique, the ref awards a free kick.

3:05

The assist for the goal came from Daniel Agger.

3:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool 1 - 0 Man Utd Daniel Sturridge scores. Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd.

3:03

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.

2:35

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.

2:26

Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

2:15

Clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

1:45

Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

1:15

Clearance by Jordan Henderson.

0:52

Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

0:20

Ryan Giggs produces a cross.

0:19

Clearance made by Daniel Agger.

0:16

The ball is swung over by Ashley Young.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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