Liverpool beats Manchester United 2-0, to extend Premier League lead

Mohamed Salah score a injury time Liverpool goal against Manchester United
Mohamed Salah score a injury time Liverpool goal against Manchester United

Liverpool did everything to ensure they don’t lose any point against Manchester United at their home ground. With a hard-fought victory over Manchester United at Anfield today, they proceed towards Premier League championship title after 30 years, as they extended a 16 points lead with a game in hand.

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool controlled the game most of the time, but United created chances and kept momentum until the very end. Mohamed Salah holds the ball at Liverpool half from an Alisson clearance and made a solo run to score the second goal for the host at the dying moment of the match. This goal perhaps sealed the fate of the league along with the game.

Liverpool could have the advantage of another goal, as Roberto Firmino had a goal from a curly volley from the edge of the box, was ruled out by the VAR for Van Dijk’s challenge on David de Gea. At the same time, David de Gea denied Jordan Henderson’s shot, as it rebounded from the post. Salah also missed an open goal from six yards.

Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker, made a comeback after a lengthy lay-off with a back injury. Andreas Pereira missed a chance in the first half, and Anthony Martial shot over the top after the break.

Though Manchester United controlled the game during the second half but Liverpool was always able to maintain the lead before Mohamed Salah scored the final goal.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

“It’s a big relief. I was thrilled with 85-90% of the game; we were brilliant. We dominated the game, especially in the first half. The energy they put on the pitch was incredible.

“On an average day, we would have scored three times in the first half and in the second half until 65 minutes we should have been more clear.

“But then United have distinct quality, played a bit more football, and we had to defend. There were little mistakes here and there, we didn’t use possession well enough, and so the game stays open.

“Then we scored a wonderful, wonderful goal at the end, a really good feeling.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

 “The players gave us everything. Today we hung on a bit at the start of the second half, but the last 25-30 minutes we pressed them and pushed them back. I’m disappointed with conceding from a corner and with the last kick – but very many positives.

“I felt in the second half we performed really well against a good team and at a difficult place.

“We didn’t have quality with our finishing or last pass. Fred was absolutely top and David de Gea. As a team, we worked together as a unit.”