Liverpool fall five points behind Manchester United after falling just short at Anfield…
Despite a stirring second-half comeback, Liverpool fell just short today. Daniel Sturridge scored the Reds goal, but Juan Mata’s brace and Steven Gerrard’s red card ensured that the three points went back to Old Trafford.
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The game started well enough for the hosts, with Coutinho once again showing off his individual brilliance…
However, it was United who dominated the early stages, with Juan Mata the man to make the breakthrough:
When Liverpool did finally get an opportunity to level, it was wasted by Adam Lallana:
Lallana was replaced at the break by Steven Gerrard, but our captain lasted just 45 seconds before being sensationally sent-off, in what was undoubtedly the turning point of the game:
Phil Jones was lucky not to follow Gerrard down the tunnel. He got just a yellow card for this challenge:
And United took full advantage of their extra man, when Juan Mata scored his second:
Daniel Sturridge gave Livepool hope with his finish from a tight angle…
But it wasn’t enough, and the Reds needed a late Simon Mignolet penalty save to keep the score at 2-1.