Hello everybody, long time no type. I haven’t blogged in ages, I guess I’ve just been super busy, a pandemic happened and I lost a bit of love for writing but with a simply massive match on the horizon against Manchester United, I had to take the opportunity to get back to the keyboard for a trip down memory lane.
Below are three key results from the last five years of Liverpool v Manchester United. Let me know yours on Twitter.
1: European Prowess
Result: Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0
Goalscorers: Daniel Sturridge (20′ peno), Roberto Firmino (73′)
In March 2016, Liverpool had drawn Manchester United in the Europa League. Just six months into Jurgen Klopp’s tenure and the German had been dealt once of the most mouthwatering ties ever. Yes, this may not have been the Champions League but both sides were desperate to win here with progress to the quarter-finals at stake.
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In the Premier League, Louis van Gaal’s side were 3 points ahead of the Reds in 6th place but Klopp’s team did have a game in hand. Manchester United had already got the better of Liverpool in both league games this season, winning 3-1 in September 2015 at Old Trafford and victorious at Anfield thanks to a late goal from Wayne Rooney.
While United for years had bragging rights over the Premier League, they could not compete with Anfield’s European prowess. The 2-0 victory at Anfield is one of my favourite moments from clashes between the two sides in recent years. United were dire in this match and the Reds went on to seal their progression, drawing the second leg at Old Trafford 1-1.
Liverpool went on to make it all the way to the Europa League final against Sevilla but lost 3-1, it didn’t matter though, greatness was around the corner.
2: Salah Lost His Shirt
Result: Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0
Goalscorers: Virgil van Dijk (14′ peno), Mo Salah (90′ +3)
It’s Sunday 19th January, Liverpool are flying high at the top of the Premier League, coronavirus is some pesky thing that we’re denying will ever hit us and we’re allowed to go to the pub… little did we know.
The Reds scored after just 14 minutes thanks to Van Dijk but United managed to find a foothold and began to put Klopp’s side under some serious pressure. While it may not have been the end of the world if Liverpool had dropped points here, pride alone was worth fighting for, we weren’t going down to United, not today.
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In the third minute of extra time, Mo scored a brilliant goal assisted by Alisson (memories of Pepe Reina evoked) and Anfield erupted. We’d seen a lot of wins so far in the season but this one felt special.
The victory extended our lead at the top, which was now a 16 point gap, and the Kop, finally, allowed itself to make vocal what we’d all been thinking for some while now but were too afraid to admit. The chants of “we’re gonna win the league!” rang around L4 and that elusive Premier League title felt closer than ever.
That snap of Mo Salah whipping his shirt off and running to the Kop End is etched in my mind, simply awesome. Unfortunately, the Reds had to wait patiently for their title as coronavirus ripped through the nation, but we got there in the end and boy was it emotional.
3: Big Shaq, Super Sub
Result: Liverpool 3 Manchester United 1
Goalscorers: Sadio Mane (24′), Xherdan Shaqiri (73′, 80′)
In December 2018, I watched one of my favourite performances from a sub ever. Shaqiri only entered play with 20 minutes to go as the Reds were level with United and struggling to find a way through.
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A win here would be vital for Liverpool as Manchester City has beaten Everton for another three points the day before. Both efforts from the Swiss international were deflected but nobody cared, Big Shaq had entered play and completely turned the fixture around with two goals in two minutes, it was a superb performance.
Still to this day, that’s one of my favourite results, United were shellshocked and the win took us back to the top of the table. It’s a shame that for whatever reason Shaqiri is still on the fringes at Liverpool but he is certainly a player who can completely turn a game in your favour.