Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Van Dijk and Salah on target as Reds move 16 points clear
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Van Dijk and Salah on target as Reds move 16 points clear

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Van Dijk and Salah on target as Reds move 16 points clear

​Liverpool have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 16 points after they secured a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday evening.

Virgil van Dijk's first-half header and Mohammed Salah's injury-time goal proved that Liverpool won the match comfortably and with much ease - the victory sees them stretch their unbeaten league run to 39 games.

Jurgen Klopp had Fabinho and Joel Matip back in his matchday squad but elected to leave both on the bench as he stuck with the same XI that had started the win at Tottenham.

Prior to kickoff, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the shocking news that Marcus Rashford is set to be on the sidelines for a month after he sustained a back injury, and this led him to choose Brandon Willams playing ahead of Luke Shaw - doubling up defensively.

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The visitors had actually started on a rather good note, but Daniel James ended up missing a solid chance with a poor cross, but from Liverpool’s first real dangerous moment they were in front: Van Dijk exploited a mismatch against Williams to get a run on Harry Maguire and head Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner beyond David De Gea.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both went close to making it two, the former steering wide from Mo Salah’s cross before the latter took too long to get his shot away after Fred had deflected into his path.

The Reds then did have the ball in the net in a moment of a huge controversy, as Firmino whipped a stunning finish home after De Gea and Van Dijk had challenged for the ball in the air. The Spaniard’s attempt to claim looked weak, but VAR decided that he had been unfairly impeded by the Liverpool centre-half and chalked the effort off.

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There was nothing controversial about a second disallowed goal a few minutes later, Georginio Wijnaldum correctly flagged offside as he steered into the far corner, but a ragged United were looking increasingly unlikely to make it to half-time without conceding again.

The visitors were supposed to equalize however Andreas Pereira went with the wrong foot when he is trying to reach Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the effort wasn't enough to level matters.

Liverpool dominated this fixture with much ease however they were still chances for United to find the back of the net, but Anthony Martial's shot went wide over the post diminishing their chances.

Solskjaer made a double substitution when he brought on Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood in hopes of changing the dynamic of the game but Liverpool proved to be too good as Salah went on to score the second goal in injury time.

Match facts 

  • Liverpool have taken 91 points from the last 93 available to them in the Premier League (P31 W30 D1 L0).
  • Alisson is the first Liverpool goalkeeper to assist a Premier League goal since Pepe Reina set-up Fernando Torres against Sunderland in March 2010.
  • As a Liverpool player, Mohamed Salah has now scored against 23 of the 24 Premier League teams he has faced more than once in the competition, only failing to do so versus Swansea City.

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