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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: Resurgent Reds Beaten By Well-prepared Red Devils

Liverpool spurned a great chance to go second in the Premier League log, as the failure of the defenders to keep their markers at bay cost us three points at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored a brace inside 10 minutes to give United a lead and although Liverpool managed to pull one back, they failed to find that equaliser.

It was a complete defensive fiasco, to say the least, which Manchester United capitalised in a perfect way possible. It all started in as early as the 14th minute when David De Gea aimed his goal-kick towards Romelu Lukaku.

Outmuscling Dejan Lovren in the air, the Belgian released Marcus Rashford through on goal with a slick header. Agreed that Rashford’s finish was great but Alexander-Arnold should have done better there. United’s second was of the similar ilk as it De Gea again aimed towards Romelu Lukaku, with the towering Belgian yet again outpowering Dejan Lovren to keep the ball at his feet. The result? Rashford scored his brace.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly gave Liverpool a ray of hope by scoring an own goal from Sadio Mane’s cross, but that was it for the Reds as United pushed a number of bodies back in the second period. A defeat means Manchester United are now five points clear of us and as far as the performance is concerned, this is how I rate it:

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius: 5/10

Couldn’t have done anything for the first goal, to be honest. But I do feel he dived very quickly for United’s second and although he got a touch, couldn’t do anything about it. His major highlight came late in the game when Antonio Valencia tried releasing Romelu Lukaku on the break. But a perfect reading of the situation allowed him to make a great tackle near the half-way line.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 4/10

The youngster was tasked with keeping Marcus Rashford out and the first time he lost his marker, Rashford stunned the away crowd with a brilliant finish. The 19-year-old seemed clueless for the entirety of the game as Rashford turned out too hot to handle. Even for United’s second goal, he failed to realise Rashford’s presence which gave the English striker a perfect opportunity to bag his brace.

Dejan Lovren: 5.5/10

Lovren lost the header to Romelu Lukaku which eventually ended in Liverpool’s net. Unarguably one of the most inconsistent defenders, Lovren was beaten in the air twice by the Belgian and on both the occasions, Rashford scored.

Virgil van Dijk: 6/10

Had a chance to draw his side to level terms but couldn’t guide his header on target. Was the centrepiece of all of Liverpool’s set-pieces but failed to find the target everytime he had a touch. Improved his positioning in the second period but that didn’t really help his side as United were sitting deep anyway.

Andrew Robertson: 6/10

Made some incisive runs forward and did his defensive duties quite nicely as well. Wasn’t tested much by Mata but allowed the Spaniard all the time in the world to take a shot on goal. Got lucky there as Mata failed to find the net. Robertson, at the other end, delivered some really good balls into the area but nothing noteworthy came out of those. Was replaced by Dominic Solanke late in the game.

Emre Can: 6/10

Played the most number of passes than his counterpart Nemanja Matic but nothing productive came out of it. Asserted his physical dominance in the second period – something that he should have done earlier in the game – but that was too late for the team.

James Milner: 6/10

Liverpool’s Mr. consistent, James Milner scored the last time we paid a visit to Old Trafford but a complete contrast performance was delivered by the Englishman today. Received a knock on his face after Marcus Rashford tried releasing Romelu Lukaku, but got up with his head held high.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5/10

Was booked for a reckless challenge on Scott McTominay and this remained the highlight of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance at Old Trafford. It certainly wasn’t his day, to say the least. Was subbed off just a minute after the hour’s mark.

Sadio Mane: 6.5/10

Tried his best to get something positive but was outmuscled by Eric Bailly every time. Had more touches than Marcus Rashford in the first half but failed to test United’s defence, thanks to the presence of Eric Bailly at the back. It was his cross that Bailly deflected into his own net.

Mohamed Salah: 5/10

Salah remained a mere spectator in the first half but picked up the momentum in the second period. His clever runs allowed him to get into some promising positions but he failed to do any harm. Came at the receiving end of a foul in the area by Ashley Young but the referee wasn’t interested in awarding a penalty. Received one golden opportunity in the final minute but fired his volley way over the post.

Roberto Firmino: 5.5/10

Literally, the only Liverpool player who tested David de Gea by making him produce a save, and both of his attempts came from outside the area. Deemed as an unlikely spectator as he was deprived of services around him. Picked up the pace in the second period but to no avail.

Subs:

Adam Lallana: 5/10

Came on to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian soon after the hour’s mark. Tried troubling United’s backline but to no avail.

Gini Wijnaldum: 5/10

Came on to replace Alexander-Arnold with some ten minutes left to play.

Dominic Solanke: 5/10

With Liverpool still searching for an equaliser, Klopp decided to throw Solanke in place of Andrew Robertson.

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Calm down about Salah and Mane, they have to be selfish and were last season too: Food for thought

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Liverpool were exceptional in the 2-1 win over Tottenham but we should have battered them by five or six goals at least.

One of the major talking points from the game, however, was the lack of understanding between Liverpool’s forwards as fans blamed Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for not passing the ball enough.

Liverpool were almost made to pay with Mane nearly conceding a penalty and throwing away our hard work.

I have seen fans go at each other, blaming the two, but truth be told, we need them to be selfish in front of the goal.

The best strikers take the shots

Continuously passing the ball around for another to finish will make us the old Arsenal. Strikers have to be lethal and that was what our players were last season.

Salah and Mane were selfish last season as well, the only difference was that things were going right for the pair.

The Egyptian broke the Premier League’s scoring record and some of his goals were incredible.

The ones against Everton and Tottenham at home stands out. But if the former Roma man kept the ball a little too long and didn’t find the target, a number of us would have cribbed about the chance going begging.

Similarly, Mane also had a few instances where he either kept the ball a little too long or had a pop at the goal. The game against Manchester City in the Champions League is a prime example of the Senegal man keeping the ball to himself and having a blast at the target.

Jurgen Klopp looked a little bemused as to why some of the players didn’t pick the right decision at Wembley but we did come out with all three points.

Had one or two chances gone in, no one would have complained and we would have instead been talking about something else.

Salah, Firmino and Mane are an incredible trio and even if they are not firing on all cylinders, it must be noted the trio has scored eight times in just five games this season.

They might not have the same scoring prowess as last season but we are perfect in five games and if we can get the goals to flow in, there won’t be any complaints.

The manager has worked wonders for the side since taking over in 2015 and his biggest challenge was making our defence tight.

We have only conceded two goals from five games this season, which is a far cry from the leaky back line we had. Thus, I am sure Klopp will have a stern word with Mane and Salah before our next game against Paris Saint-Germain.

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In the Champions League last season, the trio looked their menacing best and what better way to showcase team spirit than by battering the French side and spreading the ball around for everyone to score.

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“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three” – Premier League goalie makes startling claim about teammates

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Asmir Begovic

Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic has claimed that their front three are as good as ours after the Cherries defeated Leicester City 4-2.

Josh King, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have scored eight goals between them this season, the same amount as Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The former Chelsea keeper believes the trio are the best in the Premier League and was quoted by Liverpool Echo saying:

“Our front three are as good as anyone in the league.

“We are a very attacking team, we want to attack and score goals.

“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three when they are on form. The way we play suits them. They have a great understanding and long may it continue.”

Liverpool Echo compared last season’s performances between the trios and in that respect, we certainly outscored Bournemouth easily.

Liverpool’s front three notched up 91 goals in all competitions while Bournemouth’s trio managed just 24 goals the last term.

The Cherries have made a flying start to the campaign and have 10 points from five games. Eddie Howe’s team sit fifth in the league standings but Begovic needs to have a look at the stats from last season too.

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Salah, Firmino and Mane have been fantastic for the club and could set more records this season. Not downplaying the Bournemouth trio’s achievements but if we were to select a front three for a must-win game, it would be the Liverpool players any day.

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“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily” – Liverpool star speaks out about Neymar ahead of Champions League clash

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Andrew Robertson

Liverpool face Paris Saint-Germain in the first game of their Champions League group and Andy Robertson is aware of the threat posed by Brazilian star Neymar.

The former Barcelona man is one of the best footballers on the planet but he is also known for his theatrics on the pitch.

Speaking before the game, our left-back wasn’t going to get involved in a debate about diving. The Scot, however, was quoted by the Daily Star saying:

“His skills speak for themselves.

“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily, but that’s not up to us.

“It’s up to the referee to decide. We’ll stay away from that.

“For us, we’ve got to concentrate on the qualities.”

Robertson further claimed that both sides have quality players and added that we have to be wary of PSG’s other stars.

Andrew Robertson

Well, the Scot has not said anything wrong about Neymar and his abilities. That said, we don’t need to worry about his performance and concentrate on ours instead.

Liverpool were magnificent in the Champions League last season but we have a tough group this time.

Napoli will also be tough opponents but we need to start the campaign in the best way possible – hopefully, with a win.

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Anfield will be charged up to face the French side visiting us on Tuesday and Robertson must be at his best to silence Kylian Mbappe and Neymar on the pitch.

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