Premier League

September 23, 2012

Full-time

Liverpool

1 - 2

Manchester United

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, September 23, 2012

Anfield, England

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    Anyway, that's it from here, why not join us for City v Arsenal in a short while.

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    Liverpool are still winless in the league, which is undeserved after another good display, but they need to convert their chances when they get them.

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    RVP throws his shirt into the United fans, and it was his penalty, which won the three points for United. Very harsh on Liverpool, but they were struggling after Shelvey was dismissed.

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    That's all folks. United somehow win 2-1 in a game Liverpool dominated.

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    Ferdinand nervously clears the ball into touch.

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    Welbeck wins a free-kick for his team, as the final whistle edges closer.

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    Hernandez almost seals the win, but his tame shot from 20 yards is stopped by Reina.

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    He's on his feet, but he'll do well to continue.

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    Kelly twists his knee in the turf. Doesn't look good for Liverpool.

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    Henderson jumps straight into Evans to give away a needless free-kick.

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    Carrick keeps hold of the ball to frustrate Liverpool in the closing stages and eventually wins a free-kick.

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    Valencia has dropped in at right-back for United.

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    Five minutes added on!

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    Neat footwork from RVP wins United a corner as they keep the ball down in the Liverpool box.

  • 89'

    Rafael's injury takes it toll, as Welbeck (a striker) replaces him.

  • 88'

    Liverpool are trying to pass it out from the back, but are failing miserably as they continuously have to play it back to Reina.

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    Suarez is looking a touch isolated up top now, and as we all know, Liverpool have no one on the bench to join him up there.

  • 85'

    Suso's corner fails to beat the first man. Not what Liverpool needed.

  • 85'

    Rafael is the latest player to receive treatment for an injury. Is anyone safe?

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    RVP now gets himself booked for a lunge on Suso.

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    And Kelly almost levels things up as the right-back heads Johnson's cross inches wide from six yards.

  • 83'

    United fans come out with chants of 'Going down!', which is more classic football banter.

  • 82'

    I'm not sure Liverpool have too much more to give now. This could seriously deflate them.

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    Hernandez on for Kagawa.

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    GOAL RVP sends the ball through Reina's hands. The keeper was unlucky to not keep it out.

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    Carragher replaces the injured Dane.

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    The injury came from a Johnson challenge. A bad ten seconds for the Liverpool left-back, as Agger is stretchered off.

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    Agger is receiving treatment for an injury picked up in the build-up to the penalty.

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    Van Persie will take the penalty. United have missed all three penalties this season.

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    United get a penalty as Johnson takes down Valencia clumsily in the area. No complaints.

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    Henderson and Suso combine well as Liverpool attack, but Kelly's eventual cross is cleared by Ferdinand.

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    A deep free-kick from Gerrard is well-defended by United, as both teams look short of ideas.

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    Looks like Hernandez is about to come on for United...

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    United get into a good position in the area, but they seem intent on walking the ball in, as no one wants to shoot and instead RVP gives the ball away.

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    Giggs seems to be playing as United's ambassador rather than a footballer today.

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    Suso plays Suarez through, but the Uruguayan is at such a tight angle that he can only smash the ball across goal and out for a United throw-in.

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    The arrival of Henderson means Liverpool are playing more narrow with three in central midfield, and Suso just off Suarez.

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    Suarez is working really hard, as he tracks his mate Evra and gets the ball out of play.

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    Sterling's race is run, as Henderson comes on.

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    Liverpool are having to play on the counter, and they create a chance as Suarez lays it off for Suso, who forces Lindegaard to tip his shot over.

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    This time, Carrick does combine with Van Persie, but the cross is a touch too high and the Dutchman gets under the ball and can only head it over.

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    Carrick almost finds RVP in space, but Kelly just gets there before the Dutchman and puts it out for a corner.

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    Suarez brings a superb save out of Lindegaard when his powerful 25-yard drive flicks off Ferdinand forcing the keeper to get down quickly to his right.

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    Liverpool aren't sitting back, despite being a man down.

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    United break, but fail to create a chance despite Evra getting into space for a cross, but his attempt goes behind the United forward line.

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    In shocking news, Scholes is booked for a poor challenge.

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    It's all going off in the area, as Suarez and Sterling go down in quick succession. Looks like the referee got it right twice.

  • 56'

    Roles have reversed now at Anfield, with Untied dominating the second-half possession. Scholes is the key man, as United have an extra body in midfield.

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    Van Persie loses his footing in the area under pressure, but no one appeals for a penalty.

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    Gerrard loops a shot from 30 yards, but it's straight at Lindegaard.

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    Alas, United waste it as Valencia flicks the ball high and wide of Reina's goal.

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    Valencia battles with Johnson to earn United a corner.

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    I think that was United's first shot on target. The Brazilian received the ball in the area, and placed his shot superbly from 12 yards.

  • 51'

    GOAL Out of the blue, but United have equalised through a delightful curling effort from Rafael.

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    Van Persie gets the ball across the six-yard box, after good work from Scholes, but there's no one in there for United.

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    Everyone is behind the ball for Liverpool, knowing the have to protect what they have.

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    United have been pretty poor, if conceding doesn't wake them up, nothing will.

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    The ball bounced around for a while in the Unied area, but Gerrard has the calmest head on the pitch and volleys in from 12 yards.

  • 46'

    GOAL Suso has an immediate impact by getting the ball into the box for Gerrard to eventually volley home.

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    Liverpool get us underway again.

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    Scholes comes on for Nani too.

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    Suso on, Borini off.

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    This could be one of the fiercest 45 minutes we see of football this season.

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    Shelvey looked to go in a few inches higher than Evans - who also went in with two feet - which cost the Liverpool man dearly.

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    Halsey didn't look too happy, but knows he had to send Shelvey off.

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    Whereas Liverpool will look at going more defensive, with either Borini or Sterling getting the hook.

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    Both teams might have to make changes at half-time. Scholes could come on to dictate the tempo in mifield for United.

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    United failed to get a shot on target, which indicates how dominant Liverpool were, but they will feel they have the upper hand going into the second period now.

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    It's 0-0 after 45 intense minutes, with the main talking point being the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey, which will add to Liverpool's frustration at not being ahead.

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    It's become a touch frenetic in the final few moments of the half, with a few challenges flying in.

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    Two minutes added on.

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    Borini gets in a great position on the byline, his cross is met by Evra who turns it behind.

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    Rafael now has more licence to run down the wing, but his cross goes over everyone and out for a goal kick. Should have done better.

  • 43'

    Nani finally does something useful, as his cross finds Giggs on the penalty spot, but the Welshman miscontrols it, to waste the chance.

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    I think both managers will just want to get in for half-time, so they can reorganise appropriately.

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    Suarez forces Lindegaard to parry a 35-yard free-kick, as another chance goes array.

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    Now there's even more chance United will punish Liverpool for their wastefulness.

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    A bad challenge from Shelvey, but he did deserve the red. That won't do much for the pleasantries between fans.

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    A good week ends terribly for Shelvey as he is sent off for a terrible lunge on Evans.

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    As proved by Sterling smashing the ball straight into Evans from 18 yards.

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    Suarez, Sterling and Borini look lively, but they really need to turn this dominance into goals, otherwise United will hurt them.

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    Nani is struggling to do anything well today, and gives the ball away to Agger to sum up his display.

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    Yet another ball from Gerrard, but it's overhit and straight out of play.

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    United string three passes together for the first time today, but the ball is straight back at them, leading to a Suarez shot being diverted behind by Ferdinand.

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    Gerrard takes the free-kick, but Suarez wastes another opportunity by flicking the ball wide.

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    The French left-back gives the home fans reason to dislike him by clearing out Sterling from behind on the edge of the box.

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    Evra is now getting booed by the Liverpool fans, as the atmopshere becomes more intense.

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    Another good position wasted by Liverpool as Suarez breaks free on the defence, but a poor touch sees him quckly challenged.

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    United are going direct as they attempt to relieve the pressure, but the ball just keeps coming back.

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    The Uruguayan tries to get through, but Ferdinand repels him five yards from goal. Liverpool still aren't clinical.

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    Suarez gets a shot away, but his curling effort doesn't trouble the goal from 20 yards.

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    Evans isn't the calmest at the moment as he slices the ball into the stands. United really are off the pace.

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    Nani selfishly has a shot from the subsequent free-kick but the ball travels rapidly over from 35 yards.

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    Kagawa wins a free-kick after chucking himself to the floor under the challenge of Kelly. That's sneaky from the lad.

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    United are getting desperate, as Carrick launches a long ball up to Van Persie, but his pass goes straight out of play.

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    Despite returning to the pitch, Rio looks uncomfortable, how long can he last?

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    Borini calmly gives the ball back to Lindegaard after the break in play. This really is a day for sporting behaviour.

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    Borini calmly gives the ball back to Lindegaard after the break in play. This really is a day for sporting behaviour.

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    Ferdinand is down in pain, and might have to go off, which is a worry for United due to their lack of options on the bench.

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    Agger appeals for a penalty after going down under pressure from Evans, but the referee makes the right decision.

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    Liverpool are looking to set up camp in the United half once more, as another deep cross earns them a corner via Rafael's head.

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    Liverpool might regret missing their earlier opportunities. Their finishing has been their downfall this season.

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    United just can't get into the game, as Liverpool dominate. Ferguson will not be best pleased with this effort

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    The main protagonist today is Suarez, who almost breaks through the United defence but his nemesis Evra blocks his path.

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    Another Suarez ball almost opens up United but Evra is wise to it, and clears it before Sterling gets a chance.

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    He's not just a talented winger, but a decent tackler too as Sterling cleanly wins the ball from Nani.

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    Suarez plays Borini through on goal, but the out-of-form Italian takes a terrible touch to take the ball wide, and ruining the chance.

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    Johnson desperately looks for a free-kick after his heavy touch goes out of play, but his dive is embarrassing and the referee waves play on.

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    Borini gives away a foul by taking down Kagawa, but United waste the ball and quickly concede a throw.

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    United are under a lot of pressure, which was almost relieved by a Van Persie break, but the Dutchman is brushed off the ball by Kelly.

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    Gerrad flashes one just wide from 10 yards, when he receives the ball from a corner, but he can't get it on target.

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    Suarez almost opens the scoring as he breaks down the right, but the Uruguayan's effort is stopped by Lindegarrd.

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    The first shot of the game falls to Giggs, but the experienced winger slams it just wide from 20 yards.

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    A one-two with Suarez allow Gerrard to swing the cross in, but it's easily cleared.

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    Liverpool have the first corner of the game following good work from Johnson.

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    Nani and Van Persie try and work the ball down the left, but the Liverpool defence easily thwart their short passing.

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    Lindegaard gets his first touch of the De Gea after being selected ahead of the Spaniard for today's game.

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    Evra gets a cross in, but the man mountain that is Daniel Agger heads it downfield.

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    A poor kick from Reina almost lands at Valencia's feet. That won't do the keeper's confidence much good.

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    That was well observed by all involved, now it's time for the action.

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    You'll Never Walk Alone now rings around the stadium. A song that makes the hair stand up on the back of many a football fan's neck.

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    And now 96 balloons have been released to represent the victims at Hillsborough, which is a touching moment for all.

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    Suarez and Evra shook hands!

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    Lee Probert is the fourth official today. Let's all hope he's recovered from being clattered at Wigan yesterday.

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    Liverpool played some decent stuff this season, but have looked incompetent in front of goal. Today must be the day they change that.

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    Today's key battle will be between Valencia and Johnson down the United right, in my opinion. The England full-back never looks convincing on the left, and Valencia can be devastating.

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    We're only 20 minutes from handshakeageddon. Hopefully it all goes off without incident.

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    Jonjo Shelvey's impressive performance against Young Boys in the week has earned him a well deserved start today.

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    According to our man Richard Jolly at Anfield, Nemanja Vidic has been rested for today's game. That's a touch risky from Sir Alex.

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    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, Van Persie

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    Liverpool team: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Shelvey, Borini, Sterling, Suarez

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    Gets the views of both our Liverpool correspondent and also our Manchester United one as well

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    All eyes will be on Suarez and Evra

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    Join us for what is sure to be an emotional game as Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield at 13.30 BST.