Liverpool defeated Manchester United getting even with the Red Devils for the only match this season they didn’t win. The final result of today’s contest at Anfield was 2-0 for the hosts who extended their unbeaten run to 22 games in this campaign.
The scorers in today’s clash were Virgil Van Dijk in the first half and Mohamed Salah in the closing seconds of the injury time.
“This is special. We’re enjoying our football,” said Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s midfielder. “But you’ve got to stay hungry, you’ve got to keep learning, keep wanting more. We’re going to keep going until the end of the season.”
Van Dijk was the highest after a corner kick in the 14th minute. The Dutch defender was way above all the opponents and was routine while placing the ball behind De Gea’s back.
“We tried to find the near post, and it worked. Fantastic delivery and the timing was there. It’s never easy, set pieces,” UEFA’s player of the year said.
— Charlie Evans (Four Added Minutes) (@cevanstweets) January 19, 2020
Until the end of the opening 45 minutes, there were several superb chances for the Reds, and one for United, but the score didn’t change.
Roberto Firnimno netted nine minutes after the opener, yet his goal was disallowed due to a slight offside the Brazilian forward found himself prior to the score.
Two minutes before the halftime, Pereira was short for a few inches in front of Alisson, and the result stayed the same.
After United’s pressure without any chances, Liverpool’s counter-attacked shined once again, with Salah receiving the ball in the middle of the field, enduring the run with one of the defenders on his back and beating De Gea for the fantastic closure of this derby.
Anfield went mad; the fans were in euphoria, with the Egyptian throwing his shirt, running around topless.
The Reds were much better than Manchester, who was pretty pale in this event. Apart from a few minutes in the first half, the guests were inferior, and although they had the ball more in the closing minutes, United deserved to lose this event.
Mo Salah on his first goal against United
🗣"Even if I didn't score today it doesn't matter as long as the team keeps winning" pic.twitter.com/e0dK3fHbHM
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 19, 2020
Without a doubt, the current squad of the three-time European champions is by far the worst in the last two decades. Judging by the comments of the fans all over the social networks, the Red Devils are currently a mediocre team with a big name, and what is even more problematic, there isn’t any room for improvement.
“Very disappointed. We didn’t really deserve that – especially 2-0,” said United’s Luke Shaw for the English media. “When it was 1-0 it was really good. We had that chance with Anthony Martial. The lads gave it their all. We didn’t have many chances, but those that came we should have taken them.”
The guests had a lot of trouble with injuries coming into this event. However, the way they chased the result in the decisive moments was pretty odd, as there was no will and fire in their performance. In certain situations, Solskjaer’s crew looked as they were the ones who had an edge, not Liverpool.
On the other hand, the hosts themselves weren’t very confident, and L’Pool occasionally showed its true face. The European champions, and probably the next EPL winners, played just enough to secure a win, and we can say that they had much better performances than tonights.
Liverpool is first with 64 points, United fifth with 34.
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