Liverpool 3-1 Man United: Reds go top again after dominating Mourinho’s Red Devils
Liverpool regained top spot in the Premier League with a rather comfortable 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on a chilly Sunday evening. Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri (x2) were on target for the home side, while Jesse Lingard scored the only for the away team.
After a high throttle start by Jurgen Klopp’s men, Fabinho found some space in the midfield in the 24th minute. The Brazilian clipped a straight ball in behind the United defence with precision. He found Mane with it, who did well to chest the ball and finish it in one motion.
United equalised nine minutes later, when a Romelu Lukaku cross was spilled by Alisson. Lingard was on hand to score. At that moment, the Liverpool keeper would have been kicking himself for giving away such a cheap goal.
The Reds didn’t stop though and kept on probing. Eventually, Shaqiri was brought on by Jurgen Klopp to replace Naby Keita. The Swiss looked determined to make the difference and he did exactly that.
After Mane’s good work on the byline, the ball ricocheted off de Gea’s foot and fell kindly for Shaqiri who put his right foot through it. The deflection from Ashley Young meant the keeper had no chance to save.
In the 80th minute, Shaqiri played a one-two with Firmino and Salah, before placing it in the corner, via a slight deviation from Eric Bailly. This win means Liverpool are 19 points ahead of Manchester United after 17 league games.
Here’s how the Liverpool fans reacted on twitter after such a fantastic performance by their team:
We are liverpool 😍😍😍
— Dilawar Al Balushi (@LiaquatDilawar) December 16, 2018
Best transfer of the season, 13M!!!?
Supersub, ShaqShaq pic.twitter.com/u72qrIZdBa
— SFM (@SosoSFM) December 16, 2018
Success is counted sweetest when Liverpool beats Manchester United. We are proud of @LFC and football that they are playing.
— Dr. Ukë Maxharraj (@ukemaxharraj) December 16, 2018
Big big shoutout to Clyne today as well thought he was excellent after such a long spell out what a game to perform in. Shaqiri and Fabinho first class
— Abdul Fatah Jama💙🇸🇴❤️🇨🇦❤️🌹 (@AbdulFatahJam10) December 16, 2018
Everybody is happy that’s what matter … Thank you Shaqiri
— safakadhim🇮🇶 (@safakadhim87) December 16, 2018
What a match super substitute Shaqiri also good goal by Mane too well done lads back on top
— Sonal Pai (@sonalpai) December 16, 2018