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By Mike Henson and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    It has to be an incident-packed match to render Mario Ballotelli being held back by his own fans a footnote.

    That is what we got though.

    I guess we are left with a bit of deja-vu as Manchester United recover something close to their Fergie-era swagger and Steven Gerrard endures a day almost as sickening as his side's defeat to Chelsea at the end of last season.

    Phil McNulty's match report is up if you would like a considered review of the day. Steven Gerrard's apology is also live. It is worth a look over just for the pictures encapsulating his short, but memorable cameo.

    Bye for now.

  2. Blue Sunday

    Eden Hazard

    As the fat is chewed over at Anfield, Chelsea are making short work of their visit to Hull.

    Less than 10 minutes go and the league leaders are 2-0 through goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

    If the Blues see this one through to three points they will be six clear at the top with a game in hand.

    Less to see over in West London where QPR and Everton are still goalless.

    You can follow events via live text commentaries on the action at the KC Stadium and at Loftus Road.

  3. "The players showed incredible bravery"

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers speaking to Sky Sports: "I was disappointed with the first half, our start position was way too deep. They were excellent and deserved their lead. But the players showed incredible bravery in the second half and showed character.

    "Without playing great, we still had a good chance. We needed some luck but it wasn't to be. We will get a reaction after this and finish the season strongly.

    "Steven apologised to the players and me in the dressing room. It was probably frustration, we didn't put a tackle in in the first half but the players adjusted well.

    "I have seen the Martin Skrtel incident. The ball was played through but it probably looks worse in slow motion. It looks like he is trying to get a nick on the ball, to get a toe on it the ball went into the goalkeeper's hands. Martin is not that type of player, he was just a fraction out.

    "We have to refocus on our next game and we knew there would be one or two defeats on reaching our points total."

  4. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    A little look forward to where the fixture list is taking these two teams over the next couple of weeks...

    Liverpool: Arsenal (a) on 4 April, Newcastle (h) on 13 April, Hull (a) on 18 April, West Brom (a) on 25 April,

    Man United: Aston Villa (h) on 4 April, Man City (h) on 12 April, Chelsea (a) on 18 April and Everton (a) on 26 April

    There are a fair few ups and downs to go on this rollercoaster race for fourth.

  5. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lorcan McArdle: Great that Gerrard fronted up, apologized to fans, club and manager but no apology to the player he stamped on.

    Swish Davo: Gerrard showed some real class there, apologising to everyone except the bloke he stamped on.

  6. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also speaking down the barrel.

    He reveals that Steven Gerrard made an apology to his team-mates and Rogers himself before coming out and saying sorry to the fans via the television cameras.

    He promises that Liverpool will fight until the final game of the season against Stoke , but concedes that it will be difficult to get in the top four after today's defeat.

  7. "An amazing result"

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    david de gea and Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to Sky Sports: "We played very well in the first half. Maybe as good as against Spurs but in the second half we didn't play very well. Like always, when you play against 10 you forget to press. We had unnecessary ball losses and we brought Liverpool into the game. Most of the players were thinking 'maybe he can do it'.

    "We kept the ball and created a lot of possibilities, not big chances, but a lot of possibilities to score. I said whoever could beat the pressure shall win. Juan Mata was very good. He played always good in my opinion with me so he's one of my most constantly playing players but sometimes you also need balance in your team and you have to select other players. Now he has played very well and did this position very well.

    "It's an amazing result for the fans, because we've beaten Liverpool three times this season. We now have a gap from positions five, six and seven which is very important."

  8. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    The statistics superbrains have been searching back through the archives. They have got as far as the 2006-07 season and have not found a quicker red card than Steven Gerrard's today. The Liverpool midfielder was dismissed after 38 seconds.

    Reading striker Dave Kitson was dismissed 47 seconds after coming on as a substitute in August 2007.

    The opponents that day? Manchester United.

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stephen Barlow: If Man U win all remaining games they are at least second - still to play all top 3 - remarkable but unlikely

    Josh Richards: Classy & brutally honest apology from Gerrard there. That's how you deal with making a mistake.

    Joe Baker: All the focus will now be on #Gerrard rather than an excellent United performance at Anfield

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    On Twitter: Great win for Manchester United. Tactically spot on. Still doubting Louis van Gaal?

  11. Player reaction

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports: "I need to accept it, the decision was right. I've let down my team-mates and the supporters. I take full responsibility. I've been in the game long enough when you do something like that. I take full responsibility.

    "I don't know what caused it. I don't know. Probably just a reaction to the initial tackle. I shouldn't say more about it really, I've just come out here to apologise to the dressing room and supporters."

  12. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    United boss Louis van Gaal is also out to speak to the media. He praises his side for their first half performance, saying it was better than against Spurs, but lays into them for the second-half slackness.

    "They forgot to press. They thought that their team-mates could do it," he says. More to come.

  13. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has appeared in front of the television cameras and issued a pretty much complete mea culpa for Liverpool's defeat.

    He apologises for letting down his team-mate, manager and supporters to tick off a full house.

    Full quotes to come.

  14. Player reaction

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Juan Mata

    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, speaking to Sky Sports: "I think it's my best game in a United shirt, yes. It's a massive game, probably the biggest in English football, so to score two goals is great for me.

    "The second goal has to be up there with my best. After Steven Gerrard was sent off we needed a second goal because they pushed us to the end.

    "It was important for me. The last few months I've not had the best moment. It is the manager who decides but I'm happy today."

  15. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've not been impressed with Man Utd this season, but today they looked like a real United team of what we expect them to be. First-half they were controlled, disciplined and athletic and then second-half they controlled the play well. Looking forward to the Manchester Derby in three weeks, I think you'd have to fancy them in the form they're currently in over Man City. It's going to be an intriguing game."

  16. Player reaction

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a massive one for us. It was built up, we're so close in the table. It's three points and we're delighted in the win. In the first half we played well, in the second half not so good. We were probably better against 11 players. It was chaotic out there, 100 miles per hour, and lots of mistakes."

  17. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester United celebrate at full time

    "United were really impressive in the first-half. I thought they controlled the game like the United of old. The sending off in the second-half disrupted their rhythm a bit, but I think they can be immensely proud of the way they played.

    "Liverpool showed great spirit after going down to 10 men, this will be a tough defeat to take after such a good run."

  18. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Table

    Never mind all the emotion though, what does that result do to the cold, hard reality of the league table?

    Manchester United now have a five-point cushion over today's opponents in the chase for a top-four spot.

    Eight games to go for Liverpool, including away games at Arsenal and Chelsea. It feels like a long way back.

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sam Burnett: Great result & performance. What a 2nd goal from Mata, world class performance from him.

    Josh Richards: They have taken a lot of stick but Smalling and Jones were outstanding today. Brilliant performance.

    Jacob Jackson: The stamp on De Gea is the same as what Costa did to Liverpool players. Bet Rodgers defends him and show is hypocrisy.

  20. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "He's stamped on De Gea's ankle there. That's really, really naughty from Skrtel there and if the referee had seen that, he would've been in real trouble."

  21. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    De Gea and Skrtel

    There is a bit of afters following the final whistle. David de Gea is enraged and you can understand why.

    Martin Skrtel has "left one on him" there. The Liverpool defender planted his studs into the goalkeeper's shin as he chased that final pass.

    The pair are eventually pulled apart as United head off to celebrate with their travelling fans and Liverpool slope off down the tunnel.

  22. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Manchester United celebrate at the full time whistle
  23. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool press forward. Martin Skrtel with a run on goal.... No. David de Gea out quickly yet again.

  24. GREAT SAVE!

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Simon Mignolet saves Wayne Rooney's penalty

    Simon Mignolet plunges to his right and produces a superb stop. Too late for his side to save themselves?

  25. PENALTY TO MAN UNITED

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Emre Can concedes a penalty

    Emre Can bundles into Daley Blind and Wayne Rooney will have a chance to seal it from 12 yards.

  26. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's been everything you would've wanted out of a game like this. At times, United could have put the game beyond Liverpool here. Liverpool have been running up a real head of steam in this half, but haven't really been able to fashion out any clear cut opportunities."

  27. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Manchester United are wringing the neck of this game. Juan Mata is playing some fine keep-ball, beating the Liverpool press with some careful passing and clever movement.

  28. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    David De Gea claims Raheem Sterling's cross over the top of Mario Balotelli. Four minutes of injury-time pop up on the pitchside board.

  29. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    There are a few Liverpool fans heading for the exits to beat the traffic. We are into the last minute of normal time.

  30. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Brendan Rodgers

    "You have to give credit to Liverpool. Brendan has been really positive with the changes despite being down to 10 men and Liverpool are doing everything they can to open United up."

  31. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini again! The Belgian is a beacon in the air, repelling everything thrown at him.

  32. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Liverpool showing great spirit and resilience as they push forward for an unlikely equaliser - and Anfield senses this may still be on. Manchester United are sitting back and hoping to catch Liverpool cold as they throw caution to the wind with reduced numbers."

  33. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Rooney fouls Coutinho

    Wayne Rooney leans a little too heavily on Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool have a free-kick. Forty yards out and the Red shirts are piling into the box, waiting for the delivery...

  34. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Valuable seconds for Manchester United as Joe Allen brings down Radamel Falcao in midfield. The visitors take their time over the set-piece. Four minutes left.

  35. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini rises highest in his own box to head a Liverpool corner well clear...

  36. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Hearts in mouths among the home fans. Emre Can and Simon Mignolet play a bit of keep-ball in their own penalty area and jsut about get away with it. Their team are still in this.

  37. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aaron Wray: Balotelli's either getting the equaliser or sent off

    Zac Strevens: Liverpool fans literally holding Balotelli back. Glorious.

  38. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    A change for Manchester United and it looks like an attacking one. Radamel Falcao is on in place of Ander Herrera. Strange choice that from Louis van Gaal.

  39. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Amy Lawrence

    Football writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "They're giving it a good go Liverpool, but it's just finding that clinical edge to penetrate the United back line that's letting them down. The crowd had to hold Mario Balotelli back there after that crunching tackle with Chris Smalling. There was then a pat on the back from then to say well done for getting stuck in."

  40. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini keeps a cool head, nodding back into the grateful grasp of David De Gea from the resulting set-piece.

  41. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool pressing forward and Joe Allen wins a corner as he goes round Marouane Fellaini and forces the Belgian into a stretching recovery challenge.

  42. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool fans hold Mario Balotelli back

    The man is just a human headline generator.

    Mario Balotelli bundles into the hoardings up around halfway as he tussles with Chris Smalling. The Liverpool striker is ready to retaliate, but the home fans in the front row do a great job for their team, holding Balotelli back.

    He is already on a yellow and looked cruising for a red there for a moment.

  43. Elsewhere in the Premier League

    Drama here and plenty more to follow this afternoon. We've got live texts up and running on Hull v Chelsea here and QPR v Everton here.

    Take your pick.

  44. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Football writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    Juan Mata celebrates

    "A great goal from Juan Mata for the second. It shows really what a player of his skill can do if you get the ball to him in space and to feet."

  45. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Doug McMahon: Abhorrent refereeing again today at Angield. One key decision right, several others so obviously wrong. Refs need help.

    James Hardy: Unlucky for De Gea there. Should still win 1-4 though. Di Maria to knock in the 4th.

    Ben Rabinovich: A draw would be the ideal result for everyone else in the top 7.

  46. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Amy Lawrence

    Football writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is riveting. You can't really take your eyes off it when the likes of Mario Ballotelli are in the game. It's got the air of anything could happen."

  47. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Mario gets his wish. But the Liverpool striker's rocket thunders straight into the Manchester United wall. However true he hit it, that is a waste.

  48. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool now with a decent spot for a free-kick. Thirty-five yards out on the angle and Mario Balotelli wants a shot...

  49. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Liverpool fans want Martin Atkinson to get his red card out again. They are appealing in hope rather than expectation though.

    Wayne Rooney caught Simon Mignolet at a corner but only after he was shoved by Martin Skrtel. Nothing deliberate in that.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: The argument of who is better between De Gea and Lloris has been answered right there. Lloris wouldn't concede at his near post

    Suraj Nair: Two players who don't know what "out of form" means are Aguero and Daniel Sturridge!

  51. YELLOW CARD

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Just before the goal Mario Balotelli picked up a brainless yellow card for a foul on Phil Jones, chasing the United defender into the corner, tripping him up and then flicking his ear into the mix.

  52. Post update

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Daniel Sturridge peels away after scoring

    "Game on now, but David De Gea should save that. Very uncharacteristic of him to miss it at the near post. Louis van Gaal will be seething about that as up until that point United were very much in control and now the psychology of the game completely changes."

  53. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd - Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge scores

    A lifeline?

    It would be the best comeback since Elvis in 67', but maybe Liverpool have a glimmer.

    Philippe Coutinho slides in Daniel Sturridge after good work from Mario Balotelli and the Liverpool striker's first-time shot beats David de Gea at the near post.

    The Manchester United keeper did not impress there.

  54. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    Not there!

    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet inexplicably decides to take on Wayne Rooney with the ball at his feet. He is saved by Martin Atkinson's whistle. A touch fortunate there.

  55. Text us on 81111

    Steven Gerrard leaves the field after being sent off

    Alan in Manchester: Perhaps Stevie G can spend his last 44 minutes of a competitive meeting with United looking at Ryan Giggs's Premier League medal collection?

    Shohan Sen in Kent: Gerrard was supposed to leave his mark on the match, not on Herrera. Got to feel for Gerrard in his last match against arguably his biggest rival team, but doesn't matter who you are, that's red card behaviour from the captain.

    Duncan in Isleworth: Might sound a tad harsh but Gerrard's slip against Chelsea last season possibly cost Liverpool the league...now his stamp today has possibly cost them a top four finish! Not such a Liverpool legend?!

  56. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    Brendan Rodgers and Mario Balotelli

    Brendan Rodgers decides to throw another firework into this explosive mix. Mario Balotelli is shoved on to try and salvage something for Liverpool.

    Alberto Moreno makes way. He has not had a good day.

  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Reiss May: Mata and Fellaini seem two totally different players this season, Van Gaal can only be given the plaudits for that.

    John Pierce: Anyone going to credit Referee Atkinson with a superb performance today? Handled it all with a serene calm.

  58. Post update

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Liverpool had actually reacted well to Steven Gerrard's sending off but that brilliant second from Juan Mata puts Manchester United in total control.

    "So much rested on those early moments of the second half when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard walked on as substitute but was so pumped up he got himself sent off inside a minute - and there can be no defence of what was a clear stamp on Ander Herrera. Irresponsible for a player of such experience."

  59. Post update

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    Steven Gerrard
  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Colin Cox: Is Steven Gerrard looking to get to America a bit early?

    Tom Castle: When Rodgers gave Gerrard a final 45 against Man Utd, pretty sure he didn't mean 45 seconds.

    Mungo Russell: Such a sad way to end an unbelievable set of battles between Gerrard and United, but just shows that it's time to move on.

  61. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Wale Ibraheem: Juan Mata has stamped his authority on this..that was a piece of audacious skill.

    Chris Wright: Magnificent goal from Mata! GAME, SET AND MATA! Liverpool's misery complete!

    Kunal Gupta: Two for the price of Juan!!

  62. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    That could, should, have been good night and goodbye.

    Angel di Maria is in acres of space down the left and has Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney to aim at in the middle with Liverpool's marking loose at best.

    The Argentine manages to split the difference with his pass running between his two team-mates who are begging for a decent delivery.

  63. Post update

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Juan Mata scores an acrobatic goal

    "A magnificent goal, an absolute thing of beauty.

    "It all starts with Michael Carrick breaking up play, a delicious ball in from Di Maria and a great finish. Liverpool were having a decent period up until then, but it's really game on now for United."

  64. GOAL

    Liverpool 0-2 Man Utd - Juan Mata

    Juan Mata celebrates

    Oh my.

    That is a goal to drool over. Angel di Maria chips the ball into the Liverpool box and Juan Mata probably has time to take it down. He doesn't need it.

    He backpedals a yard to make space and then launches into a sublime scissor-kick volley that finds the very corner of the Liverpool net from 12 yards.

    Superb goal and, in all probablility, the matchwinner.

  65. YELLOW CARD

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Phil Jones is a lucky boy. He comes steaming into Jordan Henderson and takes all of the man and none of the ball. The Manchester United man is at full pelt as he collides with Henderson and it is your classic "orange card".

    Martin Atkinson opts for yellow.

  66. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Ashley Young trots off and Angel Di Maria is on in his place for Manchester United.

  67. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    How Liverpool need a Philippe Coutinho special now.

    They almost get one as well as the Brazilian sends a rasping shot whistling over from 35 yards. David De Gea had it covered I think.

  68. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Liverpool are still carrying the fight to Manchester United -as they have to. Raheem Sterling floats a cross into the box, but it is just too high for Daniel Sturridge.

  69. Text us on 81111

    Luke in Sheffield: I thought Gerrard was supposed to bring calm and maturity to the pitch? What a stupid thing to do - he's probably cost the game, and potentially top 4 for Liverpool. Some goodbye.

    Mich in Leeds: Nothing wrong with the tackles. What's he thinking with the stamp?

    Steve in Warlingham: Must be the fastest red card ever...?

  70. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Steven Gerrard's cameo in this match lasted just 48 seconds before coming to an end with a red card for his stamp on Ander Herrera.

  71. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Amy Lawrence

    Football writer on BBC Radio 5 live

    Steven Gerrard leaves the field after being sent off

    "An incredibly dramatic moment, but it looked like a clear stamp. Steven Gerrard had just gone in to a full-blooded challenge and the temperature was raised, but you can't do something like that on a football field and expect to stay on."

  72. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Brendan Rodgers
  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Raymond M Anthony: Gerrard may just have won this for United.

    Daniel Taktak: Looks like Gerrard wanted to leave his mark on this fixture...

    Sam Pritchard: Steven Gerrard obviously wasn't very keen to play in this match.

  74. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    How will Liverpool rejig now then?

    This is going to take all Brendan Rodgers' managerial smarts to get something from this.

    Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson will have to take the central midfield strain.

  75. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Steven Gerrard appears to stamp on Herrara

    "Gerrard lit the blue touch paper, flew in to a tackle fully committed. He got the crowd going. Ander Hererra has come in late to a challenge and then it looks like he's stamped on him in the follow-through."

  76. RED CARD

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd - Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard is sent off

    Less than a minute into the second half and Steven Gerrard is gone!

    Just far too pumped up, the Liverpool legend clatters into Juan Mata inside 15 seconds. Hard, but fair.

    But when Ander Herrera snaps back with a tackle of his own, Gerrard reacts by stamping on his shin.

    It's a clear red. Whoever you are.

  77. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Back under way.

  78. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United edged things territorially in the first half.

    Will that change now Steven Gerrard is on?

    Action areas
  79. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Liverpool emerge back out on the pitch and who is this leading them out?

    Steven Gerrard is on. A final 45 minutes against Manchester United before he heads West.

    Adam Lallana is off after apparently copping an injury.

  80. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joe Creaser: Bit worried about United, yes they've dominated but need another goal to settle the nerves. Need to come out the blocks firing.

    Clinton Eyong: United's definitely had the better half. Very compact, quick thinking and lots of good movements on and off the ball.

    Lawrence Gartshore: Never thought I'd say this but Di Maria's just a great benchwarmer for Michael Carrick.

    Lewis Keefe: Mata is better than Di Maria in every way i cannot rationalise his purchase united needed a player like Benteke not Di Maria.

  81. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Ander Herrera
  82. Post update

    pele at anfield

    While the two managers issue their half-time instructions, Pele does his statesman-like ambassador of football thing.

    The Brazil legend waves to all four corners as he is introduced by the stadium MC and is asked what he makes of the Anfield noise.

    Manchester United's fans have made up their own minds. "Where's your famous atmosphere?" they chant.

    Pele departs the pitch after a photo op and presentation with Kenny Dalglish.

  83. Text us on 81111

    Tattz in Oldbury: Rooney not mentioned since the second minute. Has he really been that anonymous?

    Elliot in Wiltshire: Liverpool have struggled against route one sides like Stoke so this is no surprise against a long ball side like Man Utd.

    Jon from Wimbledon: When Liverpool are losing I support Arsenal and vice versa so it's all good for me at the moment. Oh I also support Dortmund for good measure. Call me fake but....

    Yep, I'm afraid he has Tattz. He has touched the ball fewer times than any other Manchester United player - just 17 times - and has had one shot, which was blocked. I honestly can't remember even that.

  84. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "If Manchester United have a regret about a very impressive first 45 minutes, it may be that they do not lead by more than Juan Mata's goal. Liverpool have little or no joy in midfield or attack - so plenty of thinking for manager Brendan Rodgers to do during the interval. Will he be tempted to introduce Steven Gerrard?

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ash: Wonderfully versatile, skilful, front-line player Sterling is. Right-wing-back he is not.

    Alvin Fun: Next week it's Di Maria starring for Man United reserves.

  86. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Louis van Gaal

    "Louis van Gaal will be by far the happier manager. We've seen very little of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling. United have passed the ball with more authority. I wonder how much they've put in to this first-half and can Liverpool come out stronger in the second. Maybe they need to start playing the ball longer to try and stretch United."

  87. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    This is the sort of streetwise, cunning-as-a-fox Manchester United we expected to see when Louis van Gaal was appointed in the summer.

    The visitors have dominated the ball - hogging 60% of possession - and Liverpool have only connected the dots a couple of times in attack when they have managed to get hold of it.

  88. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

  89. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    That is a meaty hit.

    Michael Carrick gets the ball out of his feet and warms Simon Mignolet's palms with a whipcrack of a shot from 30 yards out.

  90. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Two minutes more at Anfield.

  91. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Philippe Coutinho wriggles goal side of Phil Jones, but Martin Atkinson rules that there was a little tug of a Manchester United shirt to help him get there.

    The ball was running nicely for Daniel Sturridge as well...

  92. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Adam Lallana

    Ewan Pendleton: That Lallana chance just goes to show that even though Man U are on the front foot they need a second goal.

    Daniel Woodley: United may have had an excellent opening 35 minutes but Wayne Rooney has had a shocker!

  93. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Mamadou Sakho is an ugly mess of limbs at times and the Liverpool defender does just enough to repel Juan Mata as the Spaniard teases him down the United right.

  94. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Steven Gerrard

    Might Brendan Rodgers be preparing Steven Gerrard for a second-half appearance?

    Liverpool looked better against Swansea after his introduction off the bench.

  95. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho
  96. Text us on 81111

    James in Newbury: After being United's stand out player all season, Rooney has been unusually quiet today. Good thing the other 10 players are on their game for once!

    Matt: Pains me as a fan to say but Liverpool are chasing shadows here. Why is Sterling so far back? He plays best running off the last man, not running at them from his own half.

  97. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool have been very, very bitty. United look like the side of Ferguson's day, moving the ball well in possession and then pressing the second balls well.

    "Liverpool are struggling to get Coutinho and Lallana in the areas they would like. They're not playing in the way they would like so maybe it would suit to try and play the ball a bit longer."

  98. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard Elliott: Can and Moreno look like fish out of water and LVG has come to Anfield with a big frying pan.

    Terry Urbanczyk: I just cannot believe that in his last game against #mufc, a game of this magnitude, that #gerrard is on the bench.

    Yanis Gbl: The link up play between Herrera and Mata is lovely on the eye, more of the same please lads.

  99. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    David De Gea is doing a fine job as a sweeper-keeper. He is out of the United box sharply to boot clear as Jordan Henderson attempts to thread in Adam Lallana.

    Liverpool are gathering some steam and United would take the half-time whistle any time now.

  100. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini is on a last warning from referee Martin Atkinson. The Manchester United man wears the official's patience with a clobbering challenge on Joe Allen. Another and it will be yellow.

  101. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Adam Lallana

    Everything except the finish!

    Liverpool suddenly burst into life as Raheem Sterling links with Jordan Henderson and his glorious crossfield sweep is perfectly cushioned into the path of Adam Lallana by Daniel Sturridge.

    It sits up a little awkwardly on the half-volley but Lallana will have wanted better than to drill into the hoarding from 12 yards.

  102. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Liverpool are still making do with only 36% of possession. Louis van Gaal's United are starving them of supply. It is death by a thousand passes so far for the hosts, who are pressing hard, but with little effect.

  103. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Jordan Henderson bombs on into the Manchester United box, trying to add a bit of impetus, but Alberto Moreno's cross is a couple of yards in front of him and David De Gea grabs it with ease.

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Albert Moreno

    Matt Webster: Moreno's having the worst game of his life here.

    Jean-Paul Breyer: United's most expensive player is on the bench for the second time running and they are on top once again. Reality check please.

    Ashley Wilkinson: Credit to #MUFC. Finally starting to look like the Utd of old. Very well worked opener and #LFC can't cope with the pressing

  105. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Raheem Sterling beats a defender with a neat shift of feet but Michael Carrick is in swiftly to snuff out the danger. Joe Allen wins the ball back, but Daniel Sturridge's cushioned lay-off is not quite accurate enough and is gobbled up by Phil Jones.

    Slightly better from Liverpool, but it has been scraps so far.

  106. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    On Twitter: Michael Carrick remains the only natural holding player of excellence available to Roy Hodgson.

  107. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Juan Mata
  108. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jay Hogaro: Have Manchester United finally found a system that works? What does it say that DiMaria is not involved in it?

    Liam Downes: And that is why Herrera and Mata should always play together, such an understanding.

  109. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Daniel Sturridge is nearly sprung by a long ball forward, but David de Gea is off his line sharply again to hoof clear.

    United are still looking the more likely though. Michael Carrick heads over the top from a corner after Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini cause mischief down the Liverpool left.

  110. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Manchester United are having much the better of things in midfield with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata suddenly looking very much at home.

    "Plenty of frustration around Anfield as Liverpool's supporters have not been used to their side being bossed around like this in recent weeks. Daniel Sturridge still on the periphery of the game. Will Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tweak his formation?"

  111. Text us on 81111

    Dan in London: Rodgers yet again playing Sterling out of position and we've been useless.

    Sterling did cause United problems up top on his own in the 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford

  112. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Juan Mata

    "Juan Mata's movement's causing Alberto Moreno all sorts of problems. If he doesn't go with him, then Ander Herrera is finding Mata in all sorts of pockets of space. It's causing a headache for Liverpool at the moment.

    "United just look like they're so much more confident now."

  113. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Phil Jones comes bullocking through to try to win a header ahead of Adam Lallana but is always second best. He clatters through the Liverpool playmaker, leaving Lallana in a crumpled heap.

    Nothing doing from referee Martin Atkinson. Steven Gerrard is stood down on the sidelines as Lallana eventually gets to his feet.

  114. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Liverpool are renowned for making fast starts but Manchester United have more than matched them and have been rewarded with that goal from Juan Mata. Liverpool are currently struggling to get Daniel Sturridge into the game - but very early days yet."

  115. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    The atmosphere has drained out of Anfield at the moment. The hosts are not giving much back to their fans either. It has been a strangely limp and lifeless performance so far.

  116. Text us on 81111

    Ander Herrera

    Bill in Hereford. I'm confused, do Liverpool even want the ball? They're not chasing it at all and when they do rarely get it all they're doing is giving it straight back to United.

  117. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    How pivotal might that goal prove? For the time being at least, Manchester United are looking at a five-point cushion in the race for Champions League qualification.

    Table
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    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Liverpool's first attempt at goal, but it is a wild one as Daniel Sturridge tries something improbable from a tight angle and distance. It is on the volley as well just to make it even harder and his effort, flies high over the top.

  119. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Walmsley: Moreno having a mare - giving the ball away and now losing Mata for the goal.

    Kuni Poonasamy: Need to hold onto the ball a lot better. Wouldn't mind Lovren on the bench to neutralize Fellaini.

    Christos Papaloizou: @AnderHerrera & @juanmata8 complement each other and cooperate so well together.

  120. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Liverpool have had just 34% of possession so far. Alberto Moreno looks like he got impatient for a bit of the ball and wandered too far upfield in an attempt to press United.

  121. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Juan Mata

    "Manchester Utd have matched Liverpool in the passing and Juan Mata's taken that beautifully with his left foot and then stroked it in with his right.

    "The key so far has been Michael Carrick, he's broken up the play and brought confidence to the others with his passing.

    "It was a quick, quality crisp pass. A great run from Mata, but the finish was exemplary."

  122. GOAL

    Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd - Juan Mata

    Juan Mata

    What a pass! Ander Herrera slices the Liverpool defence to shreds with a ball that exposes Alberto Moreno a yard or two out of position.

    That is all Juan Mata needs. The Spaniard hares onto the ball and finishes coolly across Simon Mignolet.

    Eerie silence inside Anfield apart from a slice that is pure Manchester United joy.

  123. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Conor McMeekin: On days like this you realise how disappointing it is that both teams can't lose.

    David French: Come on neither Liverpool or Man Utd!!!! Hoping for a 3-3 draw!

    Alain Ayers: Hoping for an Anfield draw - Spurs fan ;)

  124. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Louis van Gaal talked about it before kick-off and Manchester United are carrying out his orders to a tee, getting their foot on the ball and taking the sting out of the Anfield atmosphere.

    There is almost something on the end of it as well. Marouane Fellaini's nod-on almost finding Juan Mata. Mamadou Sakho was across to boot away for Liverpool.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    Wayne Rooney

    "I have to look at Man Utd's run-in, they're going to play tough teams, the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. I'm not going to say it's a must-win game for United, but it will be important for them to get something positive out of the game in the race for the Champions League places."

  126. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Alberto Moreno gives away the ball and then concedes a free-kick in his eagerness to get it back.

    He is spared any further embarrassment though as Jordan Henderson heads away Juan Mata's delivery. There was not a lot of pressure on the Liverpool skipper in his own box.

  127. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Philippe Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho has looked bright in the early stages, skipping away from Ander Herrera in the opening minutes.

    Is there a physical presence in that Manchester United midfield to get close to him? Michael Carrick might struggle on his own.

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dennis Ethan: You'll Never Walk Alone goes on for ages, but what a pleasant, happy tune.

    Dan Foye: I reckon every substitute in this match would walk into any Premier League team that's in the bottom half!!

  129. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's going to be an interesting battle between Blind and Sterling. Sterling snuck in there with the nutmeg early on and there's no questions he will have the legs on Blind in that left-back position. It looks like a tactical change by Brendan Rodgers to deliberately target that area."

  130. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    First sniff of an opening for Liverpool as Raheem Sterling scampers in behind a dawdling Daley Blind and pokes the ball past the covering Phil Jones.

    United goalkeeper David de Gea is off his blocks like Usain Bolt though, sliding out to get to the ball before the Liverpool winger.

  131. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Simon Mignolet comes to try and claim and does just enough. Not an entirely convincing start from the Liverpool stopper.

    One of his predecessors - David James - had some shockers in this fixture in years past.

  132. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini allows the ball to get away from him and roll out for a Liverpool goal-kick right in front of the Kop. Massive cheers.

    The big Belgian looks like he is being pressed forward in support of Wayne Rooney.

    Rooney wins the game's first corner as Martin Skrtel slides in...

  133. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Alan Shearer

    BBC Sport on MOTD2 Extra

    "I think in these particular games you get a bit more leeway. As a referee, to give an early yellow card, isn't a great idea.

    "I think they err on the side of caution and as a player, you can maybe get a strong challenge in early that you wouldn't get away with in many other games."

  134. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

    Marouane Fellaini taps the ball to Wayne Rooney and we are up and running.

  135. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Brendan Rodgers

    A full flag-and-scarf display from the Kop as You'll Never Walk Alone goes acappella.

    They are ready. The players are itching for the off. Let's get this one on.

  136. Rooney's bogey side

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Alan Shearer

    BBC Sport on MOTD2 Extra

    On Wayne Rooney having not scored in this fixture for 10 years: "You have grounds and you have teams that you feel much more comfortable going to, that you just know you're going to score against.

    "I was devastated when Leeds got relegated, as I lost two or three goals a season!

    "Maybe this is one fixture that's not that kind to Wayne."

  137. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Wayne Rooney has a thousand-yard stare on, refusing to engage with England team-mate Jordan Henderson at his shoulder or give the This is Anfield sign even a glance.

    The two captains get the nod from an Anfield underling and emerge into the spring sunshine.

  138. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ben Kaye: What Liverpool fan would buy a scarf which had United emblazoned over half of it, even if it commemorates a match.

    John Hill: I hope Jordon Ibe returns soon - in his brief time in the first team, he showed tons of potential.

    Karl Bristow: Carrick holds the key to a United victory today. #keyrick

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    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Tough to beat the atmosphere at Anfield when Liverpool play Manchester United. These games matter.

  140. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    The teams are getting announced over the Anfield tannoy and even from the bench Steven Gerrard is the lightning conductor for the two sets of fans' cheers and jeers.

    The home fans roar his name to the rafters, the visiting contingent respond with a well-known ditty about his slip against Chelsea last season.

    Teams are in the tunnel.

  141. Famous Belgian

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Simon Mignolet

    Simon Mignolet watched the teams' December meeting from the bench.

    The Liverpool goalkeeper had been dumped in favour of Brad Jones.

    Confidence apparently shot, and set for, in Brendan Rodgers' words, an "indefinite" spell out of the side, it looked like his time at Anfield might be up.

    Wrong. He has kept five clean sheets in his last seven games as part of a vastly improved Liverpool defence. I don't think anyone could have seen that one coming.

  142. A close 3-0?

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    The two sides' first meeting this season might have been the start of an upturn in Liverpool's form, but it couldn't have been from a much lower point.

    After winning 3-0 at Old Trafford last season, the Reds went down by the same scoreline amid some kamikaze defending.

    But Liverpool might argue that the game was closer than the scoreline suggested.

    These are the stats from that one.

    match stats
  143. Bony to the rescue?

    Man City 3-0 West Brom

    Alan Shearer

    BBC Sport on MOTD2 Extra

    "I think Wilfried Bony will be a big addition for Man City when you look at Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic with only five or six goals each. To be playing in a team that creates that many chances and scores so few goals is not good enough.

    "I was surprised Bony wasn't in the team earlier as he showed yesterday what he can give them going forward."

  144. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    European Cup at a Liverpool takeaway

    While Pele is flogging corporate sandwiches in the stadium, outside they are keeping it real.

    There are so many European Cups kicking around Anfield, they are being used to store the sauce sachets in local takeaways.

    Excellent work on the ribbons.

  145. Pro-Mata or anti-Mata?

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Juan Mata and David Moyes

    Was it really only a little over a year since Juan Mata was airdropped into Carrington to save Manchester United's season?

    David Moyes eagerly glad-handed the Spaniard as his £37.1m move from Chelsea went through, but Mata could not keep Moyes in his job or push his new side into the Champions League spots.

    He has only been sporadically involved this season - 26 appearances and six goals so far - but thrived in Angel Di Maria's absence in the win over Tottenham.

    Is he key to getting United purring again?

  146. 'Rodgers deserves credit'

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Alan Shearer

    BBC Sport on MOTD2 Extra

    "I think Brendan Rodgers deserves tremendous credit for the way he's fashioned the system Liverpool are currently playing.

    "Earlier in the season, they were in such a bad way. So, they've done an excellent job at turning things around since then.

    "As a manager, when things aren't going the way you want them to, you have to change it around.

    "For Liverpool or Manchester United not to finish in the top four, it would be unthinkable."

  147. Anfield gets LVG seal of approval

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Louis van Gaal at Anfield

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "When I have played against Feyenoord, I got more abuse. It was very nice coming here.

    "The level of abuse is different in England. I like the atmosphere.

    "We shall see which team can beat the pressure. Who can keep the ball? That is the key point and to control our emotion."

    Very nice? I think once there are some fans in, Van Gaal gets tuned into Scouse and the game begins, he might alter that opinion.

  148. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Your amateur rivalries

    Ryan Fisher: Babworth Rovers vs Ordsall Rangers. 0.5 mile between the grounds. It was treated like a Glasgow derby. Once finished an epic 6-6.

    Mo Hassan: Forget Leo Messi. Andrew McColl, year 11, always megged me. I looked like a new born baby deer whenever I was marking him.

    Sam Hodge: Bingham vs Cure (school houses) on the top field, every lunchtime for five years. Adjacent classrooms made it a tasty local derby.

    Jumpers for goalposts, I presume....

    Keep those stories coming in to us via #GetInspired, the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111 (UK only).

  149. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Teams out warming up at Anfield - and plenty of discussion about those who are not playing for Liverpool and Manchester United.

    "Liverpool's midfield has shown signs of growing into life without Steven Gerrard, who leaves for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, so he remains on the bench while there is no immediate way back in to United's team for £59.7m British record signing Angel Di Maria after the impressive 3-0 win against Tottenham at Old Trafford last Sunday."

  150. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Phil Johnson: Finally LvG has figured it out, no changes from a side that played United football.

    Andrew Tufnell: No matter the result today (hopefully #MUFC win), very important to see 5 UK players in each side!

    Zander Watson: Who would have ever thought that Young would be starting ahead of Di Maria vs Liverpool when they first signed him?

  151. Post update

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    MOTD2 Extra MOTD2 Extra

    MOTD2 Extra

    Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey: "The passion of this game is beyond anything else I've experienced. The magnitude of it, the crowd and then the first 15 minutes... It can be really feisty."

  152. Sir Alex kicking back

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Have you seen a better advert for the benefits of retirement?

    Sir Alex Ferguson walks into the heart of enemy territory apparently without a care in the world.

    Makes a welcome change from exchanging barbs with an angry Jonjo Shelvey as he did on on his last visit as United manager.

    Sir Alex Ferguson and Jonjo Shelvey
  153. 'There's an arrogance about Kane and I like it'

    Alan Shearer

    BBC Sport on MOTD2 Extra

    On Harry Kane's hat-trick and England team selection: "He should be playing, Roy Hodgson should be taking a look at him. He's not going to face too many threats against Lithuania and Kane will look comfortable being included.

    "Nobody else in the Premier League is in the form he currently is. He's only been starting games since November and he's in tremendous nick.

    "There's an arrogance about the way he plays and I like it. There's a confidence there to go in and feel at home and believe that he belongs at international level."

  154. Post update

    MOTD2 Extra

    Meanwhile over on Match of the Day 2 Extra, Alan Shearer is answering whether Tottenham's Harry Kane is the new him or the new Michael Ricketts...

  155. Pele in the building

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    By the way the two benches are as follows:

    Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Toure, Gerrard, Lambert, Lucas, Balotelli

    Man United: Valdes, Rafael, Rojo, Di Maria, Januzaj, A Pereira, Falcao

    Which explains why Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic are free to pose for photos with Brazilian legend Pele in the Anfield corridors.

    Pele is wearing a green and gold tie, but I think it has more to do with his sandwich sponsor than his national team glories.

    What a world.

    Pele
  156. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sanj: Total respect for Rodgers not picking Gerrard. Most would not have the courage to do that but in my opinion - easy & correct decision.

  157. 'Aggressive in our pressing, attack the game'

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Steven Gerrard's history in this fixture, he is a top-class player but he understands the team is doing well. He has been supportive of the players and has been brilliant.

    "We need to be aggressive in our pressing and attack the game. We are conscious they are a good side. We have the momentum at the moment and love playing at Anfield.

    "We have also shown that when we haven't played well, we can change the pace and gain the flow and momentums. The team is developing really well."

  158. Bench-bound Stevie G

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Steven Gerrard

    As landmarks go on Steven Gerrard's farewell tour, Manchester United is a big one.

    The sight of the Red Devils always seems to bring out a little extra out of the Huyton lad.

    Gerrard has scored seven goals in his last 11 league games against Manchester United.

    But Brendan Rodgers isn't one for sentiment. Only a place on the bench for Stevie G.

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    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    What to make of that then?

    Louis van Gaal has already made clear this season that a bumper transfer fee is not a free pass into his starting XI.

    Surely keeping the same starting XI that played as well as his side have all season was the only sensible decision, even if it upsets the United accountants?

  160. Breaking team news

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Man Utd

    Manchester United name the same starting line-up as the one that won 3-0 against Tottenham last weekend, which means the returning Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao are on the bench.

    Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

  161. Breaking team news

    Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30)

    Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard is named on the bench for Liverpool, with Daniel Sturridge keeping his place up front.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge

  162. Post update

    Team news should be landing any minute.

    Neither Angel Di Maria nor Juan Mata were giving much away as they strode into Anfield.

    Both looked decidedly non-plussed.

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