Liverpool stutter at United but subs show their worth: Man Utd 1-1 LFC

Premier League
Sunday 20 October 2019 - 4:30 pm
Old Trafford
Man Utd1
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⚽️ Rashford36'
60'↔️ Origi off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on
71'↔️ Henderson off, Lallana on
82'↔️ Wijnaldum off, Keïta on
Rashford off, Martial on ↔️84'
85'Lallana ⚽️
Pereira off, Williams on ↔️89'
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Liverpool left Old Trafford with only a point for the second time in 2019.

The much maligned Man Utd were brighter than they have been in many outings this season, but the saying goes that even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

In the end, United were clinging to their point in front of their home fans and remain firmly in the bottom half of the table.

For Liverpool, the lead at the top of the table is 6 points and more difficult games lay ahead, as the reds try and ensure they enter the winter period, and their trips to the World Club Championship, remaining at the summit of the league.

The three squad midfielders, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita all ended the game with important roles - highlighting the competitiveness of Liverpool's group at least in terms of the more centrally placed players.

Oxlade-Chamberlain showed invention as he made attempts to gather the points, Naby Keita showed his ability and natural instinct at playing the ball forward and Adam Lallana collected his first Premier League goal in almost 30 months with minutes to go.

Reds goalkeeper Alisson was welcomed back, but sadly no clean sheet after he was beaten from close range by Marcus Rashford.  The referee had waved play on after a foul near the half-way line in the build up.

United centre-half Victor Lindelof committing a tactical foul on Divock Origi to steal possession.  But VAR failed to act on the foul - a clear error of the system.

Martin Atkinson, who was the official in charge yesterday, gave United a lot of fouls that were not matched by his determination to stop them for the other side.

Jurgen Klopp was furious at the decision and it wasn't helped when Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed by VAR.  Mane did touch the ball with his hand, unintentionally, but in the letter of the law this was to be ruled out.

As the game wore on, and the reds continued their domination of possession they eventually began to find some holes in United's men behind the ball policy.  It was clear that United had given up hope of adding to their one goal lead and eventually, as so often happens with the reds, we grabbed the goal to protect our unbeaten record.

Andy Robertson sending a ball through the narrow corridor of defenders and goalkeeper and Adam Lallana was there to pounce and level the scores.

Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled wide and there was a late shout for a Liverpool penalty - not given of course and the reds had to make do with a disappointing 1-1.  For United it may well be one of their best results of the season.

The reds now have to collect their thoughts as they face Genk in the Champions League - important game to help towards the quest for qualification.

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