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Liverpool - Manchester United
Premier League - 23 September 2012
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The final whistle blows and Robin van Persie's penalty has given United the win against 10-man Liverpool at Anfield!
Hernandez runs at the depleted Liverpool defence but his shot from range trickles along the floor to Reina.
Kelly is up on his feet and is gingerly limping off the field with the help of a physio. Liverpool will finish the match with nine men.
Kelly lands on his right leg awkwardly and he goes down in real discomfort. Things going from bad to worse for Liverpool.
Five minutes of added time to be played at the end of this match.
United substitution: Danny Welbeck replaces Rafael.
United doing a good job of denying a spirited Liverpool the chance to build up some late momentum.
Suso's corner is cleared at the near post. Rafael is back on the pitch after receiving treatment.
Van Persie is booked for a foul on Suso. The Dutchman went sliding in but not recklessly like shelvey did in the first half.
Johnson puts in a decent cross that Kelly attacks but he can't get a telling touch to.
United substitution: Javier Hernandez replaces Kagawa.
That's Van Persie's fifth league goal of the season, and surely his biggest so far.
GOAL!! Reina gets a big hand to it, but Van Persie put enough power on it to see the ball hit the back of the net!
Finally, four minutes after it was given, Van Persie will take the penalty...
Liverpool substitution: Jamie Carragher replaces Agger.
A stretcher has come out for Agger. At least that might convince cynical United fans it's not a lploy to put Van Persie off!
There is a big delay before this penalty is taken as Agger receives treatment. Van Persie is waiting patiently with the ball in his arms.
Replays show there was very little contact betwene Johnson and Valencia, but in real time it did look like a foul.
PENALTY TO UNITED!! Valencia pounces on a loose ball in midfield and surges into the box! Johnson comes in with a challenge and Valencia goes down! Referee Mark Halsey points to the spot!
A rare mistake from Kagawa gives possession to Liverpool. They counter and Kelly's cross from the right is headed away by Ferdinand.
Liverpool have scored eight of their 30 Premier League goals against Manchester United at Anfield in the final 15 minutes of the match. More than in any other quarter of the match.
Van Persie puts in a cross that Johnson heads away. Can the Reds protect the point they are on course for now?
United really beginning to make the extra man tell now. Liverpool having to drop off and defend deeper.
Suarez manages to turn on Suso's ball down the right channel and fire a low ball right across the face of goal, but there is no one there to attack it.
Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson replaces Sterling.
Suarez cuts inside from the byline and pulls the ball back for Suso to shoot... Tipped over the bar by Lindegaard! The shot may have been going over but the Dane had to make sure.
Carrick picks out Giggs's run with a clever pass but the Welshman is offside.
The corner is cleared. United retain possession in the Liverpool half but the second wave ends with a goal-kick being awarded.
Carrick tries to pick out Van Persie at the far post but Kelly heads behind for a corner.
Lindegaard with a great reaction save low to his right to parry Suarez's decent shot which may have taken a slight deflection on its way through!
Good play by Kagawa before he picks out Evra on the left. The low ball across the box is behind Van Persie though.
Sterling hits the deck again, only this time after being brought down by Scholes. That's a booking for the half-time substitute.
Sterling undercooks a square pass to Suarez, who goes down theatrically under Evans's challenge. Sterling, ever eager to learn, follows up with a similarly dramatic fall just moments later! The referee waves play on.
Liverpool have now kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games.
Strerling times his run to meet a ball over the top. The youngster knocks it across goal but Evans heads clear and Gerrard's follow-up is a right at Lindegaard.
That's Rafael's second league goal of the season, having only scored two in his previous four years at the club.
GOAL!! Rafael equalises with an excellent goal. Valencia and Kagawa cleverly link up with the Brazil right-back, who curls a delicious left-footd effort in off the far post! Great goal.
It will be interesting to see how Liverpool play this. They are down to 10 men, after all.
That's Gerrard's first league goal since the Merseyside derby in March.
Manchester United have never come from a goal behind to win a Premier League match at Anfield. In fact, only once in Premier League history have they won after falling behind to Liverpool – a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in March 2010.
GOAL!! Barely has the second half begun than 10-man Liverpool are 1-0 up! Suso and johnson involved in the build-up before Gerrard takes the ball on his chest and fires a low strike home!
Substitutions: Suso replaces Borini at half-time, while Paul Scholes has come on in place of Nani.
The second half is underway!
The half-time whistle blows to end a first half which saw Liverpool dominate possession but fail to convert that into a lead. Share your half-time thoughts with me on Twitter @tony_mabert.
Joe Allen tries to make something happen with a driving run forward, but he is tackling well inside the area.
Agger heads the corner tamely over the bar as the fourth official indicates two minutes of added time.
Borini makes great progress into the box and hits a low ball across goal, but it's turned behind for a corner.
Mark Blent on Twitter asks "Whats the opta stats on nani giving the ball away this game and last!?" - So far he has completed just 60% of his passes and been dispossessed twice.
Suarez gets some decent pace and whip on the set piece, but Lindegaard makes the two-handed save low to his right well.
Suarez has won a free-kick in ideal territory for him, Gerrard or Agger to have a strike.
Shelvey's red card is the 14th in this fixture in Premier League history. It's the first since Gerrard was sent off in an FA Cup tie at Old Trafford in January 2011.
SHELVEY SENT OFF! The Liverpool midfielder sees a straight red card for a nasty lunging tackle on Evans! It was a 50/50 but Shelvey leapt in studs up.
Quick feet from Sterling as he pounces on a loose ball pinging around the area but his shot is blocked.
Van Persie scored both goals as Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield last season and has netted four in his last five games against the Merseysiders.
Gerrard's corner goes over everyone and curls out for a goal-kick. After the Evra boos, there was a small chorus of what sounded like "Luis Suarez, you know what you are" from the away end.
Ferdinand blocks another suarez run into the box, this time at the expense of a corner.
Gerrard hits it pretty flat to Suarez at the near post. He can't guide his header on target or glance it across the box. Goal-kick.
Evra slides in and upends Sterling right on the corner of the area. He gets a final warning from the referee. Next one's a booking. Liverpool have a free-kick in a great position now.
More than a few boos for Evra as he brings the ball forward. The left-back picks out Van Persie in the area but the pass is intercepted.
Kelly takes a quick throw-in and feeds the run of Suarez. The striker checks onto his left foot but Evans clears before he gets the shot off.
Ferdinand does very well to stand up to Suarez and nick the ball off him inside the box. It's even more impressive as the United defender appears to be struggling quite a bit now.
Suarez tries to dig out a curling shot on the edge of the box after being fed by Sterling, but it's high and wide.
Nani doesn't listen to me, clearly. He goes for the shot, and it sails comfortably over Pepe Reina's goal.
Kagawa wins a free-kick in the Liverpool half. Too far out for a shot but still useful range for a delivery.
So far it's been a case of Liverpool controlling the possession but carving out very few chances. Their season in a microcosm, really. The Reds have scored just three goals so far. Only QPR have scored fewer.
Liverpool have never scored in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match against Manchester United at Anfield.
Rio Ferdinand is receiving some treatment on the field after that incident. With no Nemanja Vidic on the bench, United coould do without losing their other main centre-back as well.
Robin van Persie heads the delivery away at the near post. The ball is played back into the box by Gerrard and Agger goes down in the box! He claims he was hauled down, but the referee waves away the appeals!
Rafael heads behind for another Liverpool corner, their third so far.
Jonny Evans cuts out Kelly's cross. United not getting out of their half much at the moment.
Suarez goes for the give-and-go with Borini but the return pass runs behind the Uruguayan as he bursts forward to meet it.
Good spell this for Liverpool, who are finding their way through the United midfield and into the final third with ease.
Jake Stratton has been in touch on Twitter with quite possibly the worst excuse ever for not seeing a football match: "Missing the game because the wife wants some hand soap #notright GGMU!!" - It's more than not right, Jake. It's just bang wrong.
Suarez spies Borini's clever run and feeds him with a thorugh ball. The Italian's first touch takes him away from goal and the chance is gone. Borini still waiting for his first league goal for Liverpool.
Glen Johnson surges forward down the left and goes to ground a little too easily as he passes Rafael but loses control.
Fabio Borini is a bit too enthusiastic and fouls as Liverpool battle for the ball in the United half. Both teams have had decent spells already.
Referee Mark Halsey has only handed out two red cards in the past four Premier League seasons he has officiated in (44 matches).
The corner from the right is knocked back for Gerrard to strike and he fires into the side-netting! Half the ground thought that was in!
Sterling already looking lively on the right wing. the second of two good crosses yields a corner.
Shinji Kagawa is allowed to cut inside far too easily and he squares to Ryan Giggs on the edge of the box... The United captain fires wide with his right-footed strike!
Steven Gerrard plays a one-two with Luis Suarez from the corner and his eventual cross is headed clear.
Liverpool win the first corner of the match. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel both go up for it.
Joe Allen and Jonjo Shelvey combining to keep possession well in midfield for Liverpool. They will be pleased at the open look of United's midfield line-up this afternoon.
Brendan Rodgers lost both Premier League matches against Sir Alex Ferguson when he was at Swansea last season – 1-0 at home (November 2011) and 2-0 at Old Trafford (May 6).
Pletny of early possession in midfield from United. Nani attacks down the left flank but he is double-teamed by Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling.
United kick off and away we go!
We're just a few moments away from getting the actual football match underway. Feel free to share your thoughts with me via Twitter @tony_mabert.
The Anfield crowd are holding up placards all around the ground to spell out 'The Truth', 'Justice' and '96' as they sing You'll Never Walk Alone. Stirring stuff.
Bobby Charlton has come out onto the pitch with a bouquet of 96 red roses, and Giggs and Gerrard release 96 red balloons.
The pre-match handshakes are completed, and you'll be pleased to hear that Evra and Suarez shook hands too. Everybody behaving like grown-ups. Marvellous.
The players are walking out onto the pitch now, led out by referee Mark Halsey.
Alex Ferguson will face Liverpool for the 53rd league match as Manchester United manager – more than any other club he has faced in the league. He has won 24, drawn 13 and lost 15 of the 52 league matches against them. Brendan Rodgers will be the seventh different permanent Liverpool manager Ferguson has faced.
Sterling bumps Ryan Giggs down to fourth on that list. giggs is wearing the captain's armband ahead of Evra today. Make of that what you will.
Raheem Sterling's start today sees him become the youngest Liverpool player ever to start against United, at 17 years and 290 days of age. Only Duncan Edwards and Lee Sharpe have been younger when competing in this fixture.
Both club's managers are giving a live TV interview together, in order to send out a message of unity between the two clubs. The overriding message is that the two clubs are great rivals, but not so much that any disgraceful chanting from either set of fans will be tolerated.
Head-to-head: This will be the 159th league meeting between these clubs. Liverpool have won 53, Manchester United 61 and 44 draws. Liverpool have won four and lost none of their last five games in all competitions at home to United. There have been 13 red cards in this fixture – only Everton v Liverpool (20) has more in the division – eight have come at Anfield.
Onto the football now, and there is plenty of talk about on that front. Liverpool start this match in the bottom three as they are still without a win in the league this season. Wins for Fulham, West Brom and Everton on Saturday have pushed United down to fifth. A win for Liverpool will send them up to 12th at least, while United while go second with a victory, one point behind leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also says he expects the match to pass off without incident or crowd problems between the two sets of fans, who both support one of the two most successful clubs in the country which have been forever marked by tragedy: "A lot of work has been done and hopefully Sunday will pass off peacefully and well and we can talk about the tributes and football."
Tributes have once again come in from all around the Premier League since then, including a touching show of unity from Everton before their game against Newcastle on Monday. Manchester United fans have also been leaving their marks of respect outside Anfield, and manager Alex Ferguson has appealed to the club's fans to behave appropriately at today's game.
That little feud is just a minor sideshow compared to the real issue hanging over Anfield this afternoon. This is the first Liverpool home game since last week's report published by the Hillsborough Independent Panel that revealed the extent of the police smear campaign to blame Liverpool fans for the disaster, which claimed 96 lives in 1989.
Let's quickly address the Suarez-Evra affair and move on, shall we? There have been reports in Sunday's papers that Liverpool will be prepared to sell Suarez if he once again refuses to shake Evra's hand. Last December he was banned for racially abusing the Frenchman, and refused to shake his hand before the clubs' subsequent meeting in February. He has been told a repeat will not be tolerated. Surely it won't happen, not on a day like today.
As for United, they are missing captain Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney from their matchday squad while goalkeeper David de Gea is again on the bench despite impressing in Europe in midweek. Anders Lindegaard takes his place between the sticks. Oh, and Patrice Evra is back in the starting line-up despite Alexander Buttner's goal-scoring debut against Wigan last weekend.
Well, no shortest of intersting team news, is there? For Liverpooll, Brendan Rodgers has gone with the same XI which drew 1-1 at Sunderland last weekend. That includes midfielder Jonjo shelvey, who scored two goals in the Reds' 5-3 Europa League win at Young Boys on Thursday. As expected, striker Luis Suarez plays.
LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Shelvey, Borini, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Carragher, Suso /// MANCHESTER UNITED: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, Van Persie. Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes, Cleverley, Buttner.
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