Sunday March 6, 2011 Day 29 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester United

  • Kuyt 34’, 39’, 65’
  • Hernández 90’

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  1. Kuyt hat-trick stuns United

    Kuyt hat-trick stuns United

    Liverpool threw the Premier League title race wide open once more with a resounding 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and what a result for Liverpool! This would have been unimaginable just a few short months ago, but this result opens up the title race once more!
    • 90+3' Hernandez's 10th league goal of the season wil be the scantest of consolations for United fans, but the Mexican's record on his debut season in England is still highly admirable.
    • 90+2' GOAL!! Berbatov holds the ball up before laying it off to Giggs, who floats in a cross for Hernandez to sent past Reina with a glancing header!
    • 90+1' There will be three minutes of added time, no doubt all of them to be filled with the rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone which has now started to reverberate around Anfield.
    • 90' Gerrard drills a strike just wide of the other post now. The Liverpools skipper hasn't scored since January 5.
    • 89' Liverpool substitution: Suarez gets a huge ovation from the Kop as he is replaced by Joe Cole.
    • 86' Suarez is back on his feet and looks fit enough as he jogs off the field for treatment. He rejoins the play soon enough, and he turns past Evra, nips round Brown and fires a shot wide!
    • 85' Suarez stays down clutching his knee after a clattering tackle from Brown. Liverpool play on and Gerrard fire a piledriver of a strike just wide of Van der Sar's goal!
    • 84' Liverpool's free-kick from that Scholes foul is swung in, but it curls wide of the far post without anyone getting a touch.
    • 83' United substitution: Darren Fletcher replaces Scholes.
    • 82' Scholes makes a cynical trip on Carragher and gets booked. Plus ca change...
    • 81' O'Shea wins a corner off Johnson. Giggs's delivery is headed clear with ease.
    • 80' Kuyt's hat-trick is the first in the Premier League by a Liverpool player in over 17 months since Fernando Torres netted three in a 6-1 win against Hull City in September 2009. (Infostrada)
    • 79' Carroll nods Maxi's cross back towards Kuyt for him to volley... Well struck but over the bar!
    • 77' Giggs's delivery sails over Reina's goal and out for a goal kick.
    • 76' Rooney's free-kick rebounds off Brown in the wall. Giggs's second ball is headed away. United retain the ball and win a free-kick wide on the right.
    • 76' United substitution: John O'Shea replaces Rafael.
    • 76' Rooney is tripped on the edge of the box by Lucas. Free-kick to United.
    • 75' Gerrard swings in a free-kick and guess who gets his head to it? Van der Sar catches Carroll's header with ease.
    • 74' Liverpool substitution: A low key switch this... Andy Carroll replaces Meireles.
    • 73' Kuyt scores his first league hat-trick in over five years since December 29, 2005 for Feyenoord against Willem II. (Infostrada)
    • 71' Liverpool pinging the ball around their pitch with real confidence now. Surely Dalglish will bring Carroll on at some point now?
    • 70' Berbatov caught offside again. It's not been his day. Or Rooney's, for that matter. Or Carrick's. Or Nani's...
    • 69' Brown takes charge and clears the corner at the second time of asking. Liverpool maintaining the pressure though.
    • 68' Maxi prods a ball across the box with the outside of his boot towards Kuyt, but Liverpool will settle for a corner.
    • 67' Well, the combined distance from goal for all three of Kuyt's goals is probably no more than seven or eight yards, but they all count! United are well out of this game now.
    • 66' That is the first hat-trick by a Liverpool player in a league match against United in over 20 years. Peter Beardsley did this in September 1990, Kenny Dalglish's last match as Liverpool manager against United! (Infostrada)
    • 65' GOAL!! Suarez hits his free-kick through the wall and Van der Sar makes the save. Kuyt is by far the quickest to react and he fires home the rebound to score his hat-trick!!
    • 64' Kuyt is brought down by Brown. Liverpool with a free-kick in a good position, either for a left-footed strike or a right-footed delivery.
    • 62' Rooney tracks back well to dispossess suarez as he gambols down the right. Liverpool come again and Lucas feeds Meireles with a reverse pass and the Portuguese's low shot is saved by Van der Sar! it was a pretty regulation stop from the keeper in the end, and Evra makes the clearance.
    • 61' It will be Giggs... Struck over the wall and over the bar. It was getting it to dip enough from such close range.
    • 60' United attack again and Berbatov is brought down on the edge of the box by Kyrgiakos. There is some fuss after Scholes tries to take it quickly and the referee calls play back. It looks like Giggs will take this...
    • 59' Giggs's corner goes over everyone's head. Rooney chases it down and sends in the second ball. Headed back across goal and Berbatov's point-blank header is blocked on the line by Meireles!!
    • 58' Skrtel concedes a corner to United. The visitors are seeing much more of the ball since the restart.
    • 57' Suarez claims handball against Evra after being tackled by the Frenchman, but Phil Dowd is not interested.
    • 56' If United lose today, they will have lost three of their last five in the league. The last time they lost three times within any sequence of five successive Premier League matches was May-Aug 2004. (Infostrada)
    • 55' Rooney hits a low ball across the edge of the box for Giggs, who fires his first-time effort over the bar!
    • 54' Johnson does an excellent job in tracking Giggs again before tackling the Welshman.
    • 53' Rooney cuts in from the right - his patch for the second half following the arrival of Chicharito - but Lucas is across to challenge him before he can unleash a shot. The England striker has been a peripheral figure for much of this game.
    • 52' Lucas picks out Suarez with a nice ball down the channel, but the ball gets stuck underneath the Uruguayan's feet.
    • 51' Carrick again gives possession away, to Meireles this time, but the Portuguese is tackled before he can take advantage.
    • 50' Riena's clearance is miscued, but fortunately for him it finds a Liverpool player and the home side can make their way forward once more.
    • 49' Plenty of chips and dinks from Suarez and Meireles before the latter hooks the ball across from the byline. Van der Sar is alert and gather it up before Gerrard can pounce.
    • 48' Having scored with 33.33% of his shots, Javier Hernandez has the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League (minimum five goals). (Opta)
    • 47' Suarez hounds Smalling down the wing suffiiciently to make the defender slice his clearance into the crowd.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+6' The whistle blows to end the hlaf, and what a half it was!
    • 45+5' United substitution: Javier Hernandez replaces Nani.
    • 45+4' Now Rafael goes in with a rash lunge on Lucas! There is a melee involving a dozen or so players! Referee Phil Dowd stands aside, arms folded, and waits for it to blow over before booking Rafael for the foul and Skrtel for his part in the argy bargy.
    • 45+3' Nani is being stretchered off the field now. The forward has his head in his hands. It looks like United will end the half with 10 men and assess the situation at the break.
    • 45+2' Now the St John's Ambulance stretcher is on the field as Nani remains on the ground. Not the best 45 minutes of Nani's career, it's fair to say.
    • 45+1' It was a nasty tackle from Carragher - studs were showing - but Nani's behaviour was bizarre. Van der Sar also gets a booking for his continued complaints about the incident.
    • 45' Carragher gets the game's first booking for a foul on Nani. The Portuguese then gets up, runs over to the referee and then falls over in pain again! You can't have it both ways - you're either floored in pain or not!
    • 44' Meireles tries to turn on a sixpence round Evra, but loses the ball as he does so. This was either an underhit pass or a heavy touch.
    • 43' Rafael plays a one-two with Giggs but his ball through for Berbatov is too far ahead of the striker.
    • 42' Liverpool are unbeaten at home against teams currently in the top half of the table, while United have only lost once away at a top 10 side this season. (Opta)
    • 41' Rafael sends in a ball from deep, but Reina watches it sail out of play. United look flat at the moment.
    • 40' After not scoring in the league since mid-January, Kuyt has now bagged two goals in five minutes!
    • 39' GOAL!! Nani's mistake gifts Kuyt his second of the game! Suarez chips the ball across from the byline and Nani tries to flick his header away, but instead sends it back towards goal and Kuyt heads past his fellow Dutchman from close range!
    • 38' Carrick loses possession cheaply again and Smalling has to make the tackle on Lucas. Liverpool have really got their tails up.
    • 37' Gerrard delivers Liverpool's latest corner, their fifth. Van der Sar was impeded, and will take the free-kick.
    • 36' Liverpool win another corner, which Giggs clears for a throw. Scholes wriggles his way into a position to hack it clear from by the corner flag.
    • 35' That is Dirk Kuyt's fifth league goal of the season, but all the plaudits should go to Suarez. The Uruguayan did something similar to set up Glen Johnson's goal against West Ham last weekend.
    • 34' GOAL!! Wonderful from Suarez! Liverpool in front! The Uruguayan makes a swift 180 turn in the box and twists and turns his way through three men before prodding the ball past Van der Sar. Kuyt gets the last touch as it was trickling over the line!
    • 33' Suarez rolls the ball across to Gerrard, whose low strike is not the best but it yields another corner. united struggle to clear the danger. Liverpool maintain the pressure.
    • 32' Kyrgiakos leaps to meet the set piece but he can't generate uch power on it. Scholes fouls Lucas and Liverpool have a free-kick in a dangerous area. Gerrard and Suarez hovering around the ball. The sun is right in Van der Sar's eyes too...
    • 31' Michael Carrick's heavy touch concedes a throw in the United final third. Giggs tracks back and blocks Meireles's cross for a corner.
    • 30' suarez and Evra both get a flea in their ear from the referee after the pair clash. Play restarts with a United throw.
    • 29' Berbatov has scored seven of his 67 Premier League goals against Big Four opposition with his hat-trick earlier this season against Liverpool being his first Premier League goals against the Reds. (Infostrada)
    • 28' Rooney picks out Berbatov and the Bulgarian fires over the bar, but once again the flag is up for offside against him. Replays indicate that he was level, mind.
    • 27' Wonderful control from Berbatov, and the Bulgarian evades the attentions of Gerrard to keep the attack moving for United. He is eventually caught offside in the same move.
    • 26' Carragher has gone to right-back, with Johnson switching over to the left. Both teams fielding somewhat patched-up central pairings in defence now.
    • 25' Brown meets Giggs's corner with a stooping header which Meireles hacks clear! It took a deflection on its way, but may have just trickled in had the Portuguese not been on the line.
    • 24' Liverpool substitution: Sotirios Kyrgiakos replaces Aurelio. A bit of a defensive reshuffle for Dalglish.
    • 23' The corner is delayed as Fabio Aurelio is sat down, crestfallen on the pitch. It looks like his hamstring has gone. The Brazilian has had such bad luck with injuries.
    • 22' United win their first corner as Andy Carroll goes a for a touchline jog.
    • 21' Neat touch from Suarez to set himself up for a cross, but the ball is over everyone in the box.
    • 20' Bright start from both sides here, but especially Liverpool. United are not playing their usual containment job against big teams away from home, with two up top here.
    • 19' Nani has his cross blocked but some skilful control and juggling from the winger keeps the ball in United's possession.
    • 18' Johnson's deep cross into the box is headed into the path of Kuyt by Meireles... The Dutchman sticks out a boot but can't get a touch on it!
    • 17' Giggs is playing his 607th league match today, breaking the club record he shared with Bobby Charlton (606). (Infostrada)
    • 16' The ball runs across the path of Berbatov and the Bulgarian lashes his first-time strike from 20 yards off the outside of the far post! Pepe Reina was sprawling but not sure if he had it covered. Either way, that's the best chance of the match so far.
    • 15' Liverpool win the first corner of the match. Gerrard's delivery is met by a firm header from Wes Brown as Johnson is penalised for a foul inside the area.
    • 14' Suarez rolls the ball into Dirk Kuyt inside the United box. The Dutchman tries to turn swiftly, but he is handled well by Smalling.
    • 13' Gerrard picks out Johnson, who tries to knock it one way past Evra and run round the other. It will take more than that to fool the United left-back.
    • 12' There has been a goal in the first 15 minutes of eight of the 37 Premier League matches to date between Liverpool and Manchester United. (Infostrada)
    • 11' Giggs makes a run across the box and tries a volley on the turn, but Johnson had tracked the veteran Welshman all the way.
    • 10' Paul Scholes pings an exceptional long ball right tot he feet of Dimitar Berbatov, but on this occasion Jamie Carragher gets the better of him and tidies up.
    • 10' Gerrard has scored three goals in his last three Premier League meetings with the Red Devils.
    • 9' United feel Evra was fouled on the edge of the box, but Liverpool emerge with the ball.
    • 8' Suarez takes a Steven Gerrard pass on his chest and fires a shot from range on the turn high and wide. He looks up for it.
    • 7' Johnson turns inside Ryan Giggs and plays the give-and-go with Meireles, but soon has his progress through the centre halted.
    • 6' Edwin van der Sar comes charging out of his area to clear the ball and slices it into the crowd. The Dutch gopalkeeper is the oldest player to feature in this fixture for some 90 years.
    • 5' Johnson plays Maxi Rodriguez in and the Argentine fires a low shot across the face of goal and wide.
    • 4' Patrice Evra roams forward, but Glen Johnson blocks his cross and wins the ball back for Liverpool.
    • 3' Really bright start from the home side as United have to repel decent crosses from either side. Anfield already rocking.
    • 2' First Liverpool attack as Suarez plays wide to Raul Meireles. The Portuguese fires the ball in low and hard to the Uruguayan's feet and he steers it on target, but couldn't get the requisite power on the effort.
    • 1' Chris Smalling gets in a early foul on Luis Suarez, just to let him know he's there. For all the talk of Carroll, could the Uruguayan be the hero for Liverpool today?
    • 1' United, all in white, get the game underway on this sunny spring afternoon. Perfect conditions for a huge Premier League clash.
    • 13:27 The players are walking out on to the pitch now. We'll leave the last pre-match word for injured United defender Rio Ferdinand, who says on Twitter: "Super sunday, Come on lads 3points....let's av iiiiiiiiiit!!" Quite.
    • 13:25 The last seven meetings in all competitions between Liverpool and Man United have seen six red cards and four penalties. This is Liverpool's last chance to do what they can to stop United surpassing their joint-record haul of 18 league titles this season. Just two reasons why this match is sure to be a bit tasty.
    • 13:20 Ferguson is planning a £100m spending spree in the summer in a bid to rebuild his squad. On the 69-year-old's wish list, according to the Sunday Express, is Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale (reportedly worth £30m), Aston Villa's Ashley Young (£20m), Sunderland's Jordan Henderson (£15m), Everton's Jack Rodwell (£10) and Southampton teenager Alex Chamberlain (£10m). Paper Round: United planning summer splurge
    • 13:15 Both these sides have been left smarting after recent poor results. Liverpool's resurgence under Dalglish was checked recently, first by a 1-1 draw at home to Wigan and then by a 3-1 defeat at West Ham. United, on the other hand, were left reeling when their one-goal lead at Chelsea was overturned on Tuesday night. Liverpool have lost just one of their last nine league matches at Anfield, but United have won eight of their last nine league games following a defeat. Something has got to give!
    • 13:10 Eurosport pundit Paul Parker believes Carroll coming off the bench for his debut could be the difference this afternoon: "He will be itching for his debut, even more so with Nemanja Vidic suspended. Had the Serbian played, I think Kenny Dalglish might just have held him back. But going up against Wes Brown and Smalling, what better way to put the pressure on United than to unleash a battering ram of a striker. You also know it will get the fans going, seeing their new man in action." Read Paul Parker's latest blog
    • 13:05 No one in the Liverpool squad has scored more than five league goals this season as of yet. United's top scorer, Berbatov, has 19 (nineteen) league strikes so far this term, and still found himself on the bench for the last few games!
    • 13:00 Today's referee at Anfield is Phil Dowd. The Stoke-on-Trent official is a big one for discipline, having shown seven red cards this season and dished out booking at a rate of four per game. Dowd was also in the middle when Liverpool drew 2-2 with Everton in January, Kenny Dalglish's first match back at Anfield.
    • 12:55 Wes Brown makes only his third Premier League start of the season for United. With skipper Nemanja Vidic suspended and Rio Ferdinand still to recover from a calf injury, Brown partners Chris Smalling in central defence for the leaders. Ryan Giggs replaces Javier Hernandez, meaning he, Nani and Paul Scholes will support strike duo Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, who is recalled to the starting XI after spending the last three league games on the bench. Manchester United team page
    • 12:50 Liverpool's £35m record signing Andy Carroll is on the bench. The 22-year-old has been edging nearer to full fitness from a thigh injury which has sidelined him since late December. Daniel Agger (thigh) is out after missing last weekend's defeat at West Ham, but Raul Meireles is fit following a minor knee problem. Martin Kelly has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring tear so Dalglish is likely to switch Glen Johnson back to right-back, with Fabio Aurelio on the opposite flank. Liverpool team page
    • 12:45 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Gerrard, Lucas, Kuyt, Meireles, Maxi, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Carroll, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Spearing, Poulsen /// MAN UNITED: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Brown, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, O'Shea, Fletcher, Obertan, Gibson.
    • 12:40 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Liverpool and Manchester United have met 155 times in the league. Liverpool have won 52, United 60 and there have been 43 draws. In the Premier League, Liverpool have won 10 and United 20 of their 37 previous meetings. United are looking to complete the Premier League double over Liverpool for the sixth time and the first since 2007-08. Only one of the last 21 Premier League meetings between United and Liverpool has ended as a draw, and just one in the last 25 in all competitions.
    • 12:35 Following Arsenal's goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Saturday, United can open up a six-point lead at the top of the table with a win on Merseyside. Of course, seeing as this season's title heading to Old Trafford would would mean a record haul of 19 for the Red Devils, Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool might just have a thing or two to say about that. In the short term, a home win would send the Reds up into the top six, but it would mean so much more than that. Premier League table
    • 12:30 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live text coverage of the crucial Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester at Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL!! Berbatov holds the ball up before laying it off to Giggs, who floats in a cross for Hernandez to sent past Reina with a glancing header!
    • 86' Suarez is back on his feet and looks fit enough as he jogs off the field for treatment. He rejoins the play soon enough, and he turns past Evra, nips round Brown and fires a shot wide!
    • 85' Suarez stays down clutching his knee after a clattering tackle from Brown. Liverpool play on and Gerrard fire a piledriver of a strike just wide of Van der Sar's goal!
    • 79' Carroll nods Maxi's cross back towards Kuyt for him to volley... Well struck but over the bar!
    • 65' GOAL!! Suarez hits his free-kick through the wall and Van der Sar makes the save. Kuyt is by far the quickest to react and he fires home the rebound to score his hat-trick!!
    • 62' Rooney tracks back well to dispossess suarez as he gambols down the right. Liverpool come again and Lucas feeds Meireles with a reverse pass and the Portuguese's low shot is saved by Van der Sar! it was a pretty regulation stop from the keeper in the end, and Evra makes the clearance.
    • 59' Giggs's corner goes over everyone's head. Rooney chases it down and sends in the second ball. Headed back across goal and Berbatov's point-blank header is blocked on the line by Meireles!!
    • 55' Rooney hits a low ball across the edge of the box for Giggs, who fires his first-time effort over the bar!
    • 49' Plenty of chips and dinks from Suarez and Meireles before the latter hooks the ball across from the byline. Van der Sar is alert and gather it up before Gerrard can pounce.
    • 39' GOAL!! Nani's mistake gifts Kuyt his second of the game! Suarez chips the ball across from the byline and Nani tries to flick his header away, but instead sends it back towards goal and Kuyt heads past his fellow Dutchman from close range!
    • 34' GOAL!! Wonderful from Suarez! Liverpool in front! The Uruguayan makes a swift 180 turn in the box and twists and turns his way through three men before prodding the ball past Van der Sar. Kuyt gets the last touch as it was trickling over the line!
    • 25' Brown meets Giggs's corner with a stooping header which Meireles hacks clear! It took a deflection on its way, but may have just trickled in had the Portuguese not been on the line.
    • 18' Johnson's deep cross into the box is headed into the path of Kuyt by Meireles... The Dutchman sticks out a boot but can't get a touch on it!
    • 16' The ball runs across the path of Berbatov and the Bulgarian lashes his first-time strike from 20 yards off the outside of the far post! Pepe Reina was sprawling but not sure if he had it covered. Either way, that's the best chance of the match so far.
    • 12:45 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Gerrard, Lucas, Kuyt, Meireles, Maxi, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Carroll, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Spearing, Poulsen /// MAN UNITED: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Brown, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, O'Shea, Fletcher, Obertan, Gibson.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher Yellow Card
      • M. Škrtel Yellow Card
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution Out (24′)
      • Lucas
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (74′)
      • M. Rodríguez
      • S. Gerrard
      • L. Suarez Substitution Out (89′)
      • D. Kuyt Goals×3

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In89′
      • C. Poulsen
      • D. N'Gog
      • J. Spearing
      • S. Kyrgiakos Substitution In24′
      • A. Carroll Substitution In74′
      • P. Gulacsi
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar Yellow Card
      • Rafael Yellow Card Substitution Out (76′)
      • W. Brown
      • C. Smalling
      • P. Evra
      • M. Carrick
      • P. Scholes Yellow Card Substitution Out (84′)
      • Nani Substitution Out (45′)
      • R. Giggs
      • D. Berbatov
      • W. Rooney

      Subs

      • J. O'Shea Substitution In76′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • D. Fletcher Substitution In84′
      • G. Obertan
      • D. Gibson
      • Fábio
      • J. Hernández Substitution In45′ Goal
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