LiveFT: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Summary

  1. Depay brings down Clyne for penalty
  2. Firmino from six yards for second
  3. De Gea makes series of superb saves
  4. Return leg at Old Trafford on 17 March

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By Tom Rostance

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If Klopp asked us to walk on water, the Kop would try. Boom!

Chris, happy Liverpool fan on his way home.

A fitting way to end his time at United, praising the atmosphere Liverpool created. Shameful.

Kevin

'That's the Liverpool I knew'

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "It was good. No matter how you play against Manchester United it is always difficult to make chances. We could have scored more goals in the first half, but that's life.

"Scoring the second goal was very important. We know it is only the first leg but we needed to win it and we did. We are in a good position now, we want to go through to the next round.

"The atmosphere tonight was unbelievable. Really great and I want to say thank you to everyone that was involved. That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here."

'It's not over'

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was not too bad to be honest! We were really good from the first second, everything was there but we could have scored more. That sounds crazy I know but we had the chances. In the end, 2-0, if you said this before the game of course I take it. But it's not over, we go to Manchester but it's the best thing we could do.

"It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season. Tonight was the first part of paying them back.

"We gave them no time in any situation. I'm really pleased for Joe Allen, he has not been playing and I don't like this but he showed how strong he is."

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Chris Byland: LVG should probably read about the history between United and Liverpool before he goes round praising them and their fans...

Nikhil Jadva: Was LVG watching the same match as everyone else? Fellaini was absolutely appalling.

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"The fairytale has gone," say Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport as the pundits continue to digest that Manchester United performance. 

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Lewis Cameron: some players make others around them better. Fellaini makes everyone else worse. United so much better with younger players.

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More from Paul Scholes on BT Sport: "Manchester United have spent £300m and they are sixth in the league, they have ended up in the Europa League. They should be competing with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

"Manchester United didn't need a new philosophy. They had one for 20 years which worked."

Louis van Gaal praising the Anfield atmosphere - dangerous ground for a Manchester United manager!

'The atmosphere was fantastic'

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I have to say that Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic. They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic. But we had a cheap penalty and in the second half we changed the shape. We had much more contribution to the game but we didn't create enough.

"They scored another cheap goal, he was offside, and that is difficult. Losing 2-0 is a difficult result for us but we have to create an atmosphere like that next week.

"Liverpool deserved it. I haven't seen [the incident with Marouane Fellaini] but I have to say that Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch." 

A new low?

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When I saw Fellaini in the starting line up, I just let the missus put on the only way is Essex.

From Jon in Swanley

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I mentioned it earlier on but I wonder if Michael Carrick will be sent out to face the cameras. He seems to be the party man for these events...

Elsewhere in Europe

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When Gary Neville gets round to reading about how Manchester United got on at Liverpool tonight he'll have already digested one away defeat - his Valencia side were beaten 1-0 by fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. 

Villarreal (the fourth Spanish team in the competition) beat Germans Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at home, while Sparta Prague led Lazio but were pegged back to 1-1. 

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'The fans were electric'

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: "The fans were brilliant, electric. That gave us a great boost. De Gea made some good saves, we created a lot of chances and we felt we could be two or three up."

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Adam, Mansfield: Given their last two results and next three fixtures, when was the last time Man Utd lost five games on the trot?

West Ham in the FA Cup at home, Liverpool at home (Europa League again) and Manchester City away in the league up next for Louis van Gaal's side.. 

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The Manchester United fans are still all in their seats at Anfield. There's an ill mood brewing - and that's just in the TV studio.