Liverpool 4-0 Man United: summary: score, goals, highlights, Premier League 2021-22
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Liverpool v Man United: Match Report
Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool comfortably beat old rivals Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday to move top of the Premier League, for 24 hours at least.
Liverpool moved to 76 points from 32 games with title rivals Manchester City on 74 points from one game fewer, with Pep Guardiola's side hosting Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad on Wednesday.
Colombian Luis Diaz gave Liverpool a fifth-minute lead, tapping in from close range after Sadio Mane set Mohamed Salah free down the right and the Egyptian delivered a pinpoint low cross for a simple finish.
United's problems got worse in the 10th minute when Paul Pogba limped off injured and with Ralf Rangnick's side struggling to get any foothold in the game, it was no surprise when the home side doubled their advantage.
Mane again provided the spark with a superb first-time pass finding Salah who, having lost his bewildered marker Diogo Dalot, cut in from the right and provided his trademark left-foot finish.
The creator turned finisher in the 68th minute, as Mane made it 3-0 after Andy Robertson broke down the left and then Salah completed the rout five minutes from the end.
Liverpool v Man United: Headline
- Diaz fires the home side after 5' as Salah makes it two after 22'
- Firminho ruled out with foot injury as Klopp opts for Salah, Mane and Diaz
- Rashford and Elanga lead the line for United
- Red Devils out to avenge 0-5 Old Trafford October humbling
- No Cristiano Ronaldo for United due to loss of baby boy
- A 'Reds' win or draw would send Liverpool top of the Premier League tonight
Klopp ecstatic after win
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool, celebrates their side's win after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on April 19, 2022
FT: LFC 4-0 MUFC
'Reds' go top tonight !
FT at Anfield. Liverpool brush United away with a convincing 4-0 win
Salah almost makes it five as he mis-controls the ball. The home side looking for a fifth !
Liverpool set down a major marker tonight with this one sided scoreline.
Three minutes of added time .....
Kieta carded, Bruno too as tempers fray at the end of what has been a game played in a positive manner
That's a 9-0 Premier League aggregate score for Liverpool over United this season.
Sublime from Salah as the Egyptian striker makes it 4!!!!!
Tunisian international Mejbri on for Elanga
United fams stream out of the away end at Anfield. They've seen enough tonight and despite an improved second half showing, they know their men have been outclassed this evening.
Ten to go in Liverpool.
Three points in the bag for the home side and the 'Reds' will top the Premier League table tonight.
Thiago (who gets a standing ovation) off for Kieta
Both Liverpool and United can look forward to trips to one of English football's finest stadiums with Fulham securing promotion back to the Premier League tonight. Craven Cottage is one of the most scenic grounds in London on the bank of the River Thames.
Liverpool fans now back in control in the volume stakes with that third goal certainly set to cement their win. 3-0 on the night and an 8-0 aggregate over their eternal rivals in Premier League meetings this season!
The things that dreams are made of if you are a Liverpool fan !
Salah and Mane almost combine for a fourth as the United rearguard do their job
Jota on for Diaz
Luis Diaz on assist duty as Mane shoots first time and just as United were starting to believe..... Liverpool kill off any hope
Mane makes it 3!
Luis Diaz and Thiago have yet to get going in this half as the home side have yet to create any danger and it's the Man United fans making all the noise now.
Alisson saves from Rashford and Elanga as Liverpool maybe getting a little over complacent. A goal for the visitors would really throw the cat among the pigeons with a much improved United.
Henderson is down after a tangle with Maguire. The Liverpool man stays down as his teammates knock the ball out of play.
Liverpool yet to put together the same fluidity that we saw in the first half.
Free for United, Bruno takes and floats the ball straight into Alisson's arms. Poor !
Strongly rumoured to take over at Old Trafford next season, Dutchman Ten Haag is really going to have his work cut out to turn things around at the club. A failure to secure a top four finish would be a minor drama for the side from Manchester and not the start that the current Ajax boss would want.
United muster a shot (first one tonight) as Sancho hits a daisy cutter at Alisson.
Liverpool are now back in control dominating possession as they did in the first half. No chances created by either side in the opening minutes of this second half.
An improved United in these opening minutes of the second half. Still yet to carve out any clear cut chances but not looking as submissive as they were in the first 45'
Still yet to start the second half with the referee finally returning to the pitch with a new audio setup and off we go.... Liverpool start the half.
Some United fans, so fed up with what they have seen in the first half have already left Anfield..
The home side will get us underway .....once the ref gets his audio equipment working ....
A change for United as Rangnick rings the changes bringing on Sancho for Jones
Roy Keane's HT thoughts:
"United have been awful, Liverpool have been brilliant"
HT: Liverpool 2-0 Man United
Liverpool ahead through Luis Diaz and Mo Salah.
The whistle sounds for the interval and it's one way traffic here at Anfield. Diaz and Salah the scorers as Liverpool have totally outclassed their rivals tonight.
We'll have just one minute of added time at the end of the first 45'.
Into the final minute of the half and plenty of work for Rangnick to do at the interval as the German really does need to fire up his side.
Not sure what would be going through my head if I was a United fan tonight. Gutless, spineless and abject from the Red Devils !
Liverpool are playing really well, of course, but United are offering nothing !
Rashford has an effort after a decent ball from Lindelof. Poor control from the striker and the move comes to nothing.
Jurgen Klopp looking rather pleased on the Liverpool bench as his side toy with Manchester United. The German coach may think about resting players in the second half as he looks ahead to Sunday's Merseyside derby.
Diaz has the ball in the United net but looks like the striker was offside. Confirmed after a swift VAR check
United win a corner as Bruno delivers but Maguire unable to capitalize as Liverpool clear the danger.
Great cross field ball from Thiago as he finds Salah. The Egyptian sees his shot deflected as De Gea smothers.
Thiago looked good at the weekend and the former Bayern man is enjoying an excellent vein of form at the moment for the Anfield side. The Spanish international is at the heart of all Liverpool's creative play tonight.
Past the 25' mark and Liverpool are totally in control here. Anfield fans loving it with great noise levels being generated by the home supporters. A current season 7-0 aggregate score over your greatest rival is certainly something to chant and sing about.
As good as a team goal as you will see with movement, neat accurate passing and a fine finish from the Egyptian striker, Sublime !
What a goal. Salah strikes but what a pass from Mane as part of the build up.
A mix-up between Matic and De Gea sees Liverpool win another corner as Henderson has an effort but nothing for the United keeper to worry about. Liverpool playing with a confidence level that being alive in four competitions in April gives a team.
Liverpool win a corner and unmarked Fabinho volleys but fails to connect. Liverpool bossing possession as United struggle to make anything like a foray into the opposition half.
United still yet to get out of first gear with Liverpool looking assured and any early game nerves quickly abated with that fifth minute Luis Diaz strike. Liverpool's manner of cutting through the United defence was reminiscent of the 0-5 win at Old Trafford where every attack from Jurgen Klopp's men looked like ending in a scoring opportunity.
United somewhat shell shocked with Liverpool's rampant start. Wave after wave of attack being launched by the men in red shirts.
More woe for United as Pogba limps from the pitch and is replaced by Lingard. Pogba's last appearance in a United shirt ?
Great touch from the Anfield crowd as all fans deliver a warm round of applause for Cristiano Ronaldo who lost his new born son last night. A real touch of class from the fans gathered in the stadium.
Luis Diaz finishes off the move as Liverpool cut through the United defence. Way too easy for the home side as the ball is fed in from the LFC side and the former Porto man is one on one with De Gea to slot home.
Rashford looks top break as Van Dijk is alert and intervenes as Alisson takes a chance and almost fumbles with the ball at his feet.
Patient start as Liverpool stroke the ball around casually.
Off we go, the visitors start the game as both sides take the knee pre-game. Football says #NoToRacism
The teams take to the field as the iconic 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings out over the Anfield PA. One of world football's defining moments with the Kop is fine voice tonight.
Liverpool in their classic all red, United in their change kit of blue with dark blue shorts.
So, here we go, it's Liverpool (2nd) vs United in (5th). City face Brighton at the Etihad tomorrow night as Liverpool pursue and incredible quadruple. Never before in the history of English football has any side won all four leading competitions.
The Liverpool squad warming up at Anfield with kick-off just a matter of minutes away at the iconic stadium. One has to go back to 2016 for United's last win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Just over 10 minutes to kick-off as the players wind down their pre-game drills. A packed house with 54,000 plus fans crammed into Anfield tonight.
Rangnick: "I wouldn't say it's a must win and we need to be at our best to beat this Liverpool side".
United going with a three man at the back as Phil Jones is drafted into the rear-guard.
A reminder of the team news should you be joining us as we edge towards kick-off. No 'Bobby' Firmino tonight for Liverpool with a foot injury ruling the Brazilian striker out of contention as Klopp opts for Salah, Mane and Diaz to man the forward line. With no Cristiano for United, Rangnick selects Rashford and Swedish striker Elanga to trouble the 'Reds' rear-guard.
- 4Virgil Van Dijk
- 26A. Robertson
- 66Trent Alexander-Arnold
- 23Luis Díaz
- 1De Gea
- 5Harry Maguire
- 20Diogo Dalot
- 36Anthony Elanga
- 18Bruno Fernandes
Liverpool's 'red hot' fixture list
The 'Reds' will play ten days in the next month that will include a Champions League semi-final (home and away) with Villarreal as well as the FA Cup final on 14 May (vs Chelsea). Should they beat the 'Yellow Submarine' a Paris UCL final awaits on 28 May. Sandwiched in between these games are the outstanding Premier League games with every match of imperative importance for Klopp's men now.
Ralf Rangnick on Cristiano:
"Once again this has showed that there are more important things in life than football. Yes, the whole team, whole club is with him. And for me it was clear that he has to be where he is now with his family first"
LFC-MUN (official team sheet)
...and here's confirmation of the sides via the official Liverpool FC media team sheet.
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is ruled out of the Anfield clash with a foot injury as Jurgen Klopp once again opts for Salah, Mane and the impressive Luis Diaz who looked sharp last Saturday at Wembley against City, particularly in the first half, with the former FC Porto having adapted quickly to life in the Premier League.
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Jones, Dalot; Matic, Pogba; Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz
United gunning for revenge
United's win last weekend over lowly Norwich City represents just a second win from eight games in all competitions for United, and they haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League since last December.
Liverpool thrashed Manchester United (5-0) last October, a painful defeat that Ralf Rangnick’s men will want to forget with a win at Anfield. However, United have failed to grab the three points in Liverpool since 2016 and have only scored once on their opponent’s turf in their last six games.
After this round of midweek games (City at home to Brighton at the Etihad tomorrow), the Sky Blues face struggling Watford st home on Saturday with Liverpool at home to local rivals Everton the following day. Wins all round one would anticipate but the following weekend throws up tricky away tests as Liverpool face Newcastle (away) with City travelling to Leeds.
The title race being thrown up by Manchester City and Liverpool this season is a fascinating one and both sides face seven key games with no slip-up room. On paper, it could be argued that City have an easier run-in but with nerves and tension set to play a key role, the outcome of the race and destination for the 21-22 Premier League title is impossible to call.
2 wins, 2 draws and a loss for United ahead of the Anfield trip. A top four finish in the Premier League is the Old Trafford club's key objective with the financial windfall provided by UEFA's leading competition key to the club's future ability to compete in the transfer market.
Liverpool are the form side with three wins and two draws in their past five outings, Jurgen Klopp's men are still on track for the 'quadruple' (Carabao Cup (already won), FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League).
A crucial game for both sides with Liverpool hoping to rest on the summit with a win. United desperately need a fourth or better finish to secure Champions League football next season. Add that to the usual spice that a meeting between two of the heavyweights of the English game delivers and a mouthwatering clash awaits at Anfield.
I don’t think a club like Manchester United can afford to take three or four years in order to achieve that [competing for the title],” the interim coach said. “And I don’t think that it is necessary. We spoke about Liverpool earlier on, how long it took for them".
“[It could happen] after two or three windows, if you know what you are looking for. If you don’t know what, you’ll always be looking for the needle in a haystack, but if you know what kind of football you want to play, what kind of profiles for each individual position, then it is about finding them. Not only finding them but convincing them to come".
“Liverpool at the time they finished eighth [in 2015-16]. The year after they didn’t play [European] football at all, so the full focus in the second season of Jurgen was on the Premier League and the national cup competitions.
“Then it took, I don’t know, two transfer windows. But even in the other transfer windows that came later on, they just made a lot of very, very good transfers and signings. This is what it’s all about".
Jürgen Klopp urged Liverpool to fight for the “most important three points in your life” against Manchester United as the Reds aim to reach the Premier League summit.
Liverpool would, at least briefly, leapfrog Premier League leaders Manchester City with a draw at Anfield on Tuesday; Pep Guardiola’s side are in action the next day against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Victory over United would move Klopp’s side two points clear of reigning champions City, who suffered a 3-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday to end their treble hopes.
“There are times when you have better moments than other teams then you get a knock and that’s it with the better moment. Who cares? They want the three points we need. That’s that attitude we have to show.”
Plenty of absences for United's Rangnick to contend with as the likes of Cavani, McTominay, Fred, Shaw join Cristiano Ronaldo in missing the game with the Portuguese striker confirming the sad news that his baby boy had died last night,
Liverpool with the upper hand in recent meetings with United having just beaten the 'Reds' one in their past five games and that cane in the FA Cup where a 3-2 Round of 16 win in January 2021 saw Klopp's men dumped out of the competition. In the Premier League, Liverpool call the shots with three wins in the past four meetings with the memory of 24 October 2021 very much pertinent for 'Reds' fans when Klopp's men humiliated United at Old Trafford with a 0-5 win.
The action at the iconic stadium gets underway at 8pm (local time) / 2100 CEST or 3pm (ET)
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