By Paul Zammit
Last Sunday saw a host of penalties, several yellow cards, and a red as Liverpool won comfortably on the road to Manchester United. Steven Gerrard scored twice from the spot, albeit missing the third penalty, and Suarez netted the third while Vidic saw two yellows in the second half and thus left United to finish the last 10 minutes with only 10 men.
The first 30 minutes of the game did not see much action, with Liverpool mostly dominating possession and United comfortable not to press them too much. In the 30th minute, Jon Flanagan received a yellow card for his third foul after having been warned by referee Mark Clattenburg and gave United their first real opportunity of the match, though nothing came of it. Only a minute later, Rafael received a yellow for United after a late challenge on Gerrard. A short 60 seconds after just being cautioned, the United fullback gave Liverpool their first penalty for a handball within his own box. Steve Gerrard converted the first penalty, sending the ball right while De Gea incorrectly guessed left. Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool.
The first half came to a close with not much else notable, other than Fellaini having to have his head bandaged up after Gerrard caused him a bloody head by catching the former Everton midfielder with his arm, which the Liverpool skipper was duly carded for.
The second half opened up with yet another penalty as Joe Allen was taken down in the box by Jones. Gerrard converted from the spot yet again, and put Liverpool ahead by 2. The second goal appeared to wake the Red Devils up a bit, and for the proceeding twenty minutes they played with a determination they seemed to have been lacking as of late. However, Vidic received a yellow in the 70th minute for a late challenge on Luis Saurez, only to receive another yellow and thus a red 7 minutes later for a poor tackle from behind on Daniel Sturridge.
Gerrard missed the third penalty and the opportunity to become the first Premier League player to score a hatrick only from the spot, however it was of no consequence as Suarez scored the third goal a short 5 minutes later. A brilliant ball from Sturridge slipped through the shaky United backline, which Suarez picked up in the box and slotted home to all but put the game away.
The rest of the match was rather unexciting, with United left to 10 men and still allowing Liverpool too much possession and time on the ball. The match came to a close as the uninspired Red Devils gathered their 9th loss in the EPL under David Moyes, who was mocked by travelling Liverpool supporters displaying a banner that read “David Moyes is a football genius”. Liverpool, on the other hand, moved up to 2nd place after the victory and have very tangible hopes to win the Premier League after a compelling victory. Following this victory Liverpool have become very popular bet, http://www.latestfreebetoffers.com has links to many bookies and I am sure that if Liverpool keep going this way they will soon be the bookies favourite of winning the league.