Saturday October 15, 2011 Day 8 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 1 Manchester United

  • Gerrard 68’
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  1. United battle to a point at Anfield

    United battle to a point at Anfield

    Manchester United fought back to claim a 1-1 draw over Liverpool in their Premier League clash at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and both sides get a point apiece. After a rather staid first half, the game ended with a finale befitting this famous fixture.
    • 90+1' A bout of head tennis in the United area from a Liverpool corner ends with Skrtel lashing a volley almost vertically into the air!
    • 90' Three minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 89' Henderson goes for an audacious lob from distance and it brings out a good save from De Gea!
    • 87' Downing takes aim and flashes a strike over the bar. Do we still have time for a winner?
    • 85' Evans's clearance rebounds off the head of Kuyt and comes to Suarez, who is all alone in the area, but the flag is up for offside.
    • 83' Panic in the United box as the corner gets stuck under Nani's feet, but eventually it is cleared. Thrilling conclusion to proceedings at Anfield.
    • 82' Downing bends in a curling low cross and Kuyt slides in at the far post... Great reaction stop by De Gea! The Spaniard parries the shot away for a corner!
    • 81' GOAL!! 1-1!! Nani's corner is glanced on by Welbeck and Hernandez is there to nod home from close range!He's barely been on the pitch four minutes!
    • 80' Smalling is up to meet a United corner, but it's put behind for another from the other side.
    • 78' Since Gerrard's goal, United have had 72% of the possession. Reina has not had a save to make in that time, or barely at all for the whole match in fact.
    • 77' United substitution: Javier Hernandez replaces Jones.
    • 76' Decent move forward down the left from United. the ball is played square to Nani who turns and lashes his effort high and wide, prompting wolf whistles from the home supporters.
    • 74' In the last four seasons, Steven Gerrard has scored four goals against Manchester United. That is the joint most for any player in the Premier League, together with Fernando Torres.
    • 72' Jordan Henderson watches the ball bounce in front of him, allowing Rooney to muscle in and win it back for United. Can he produce the goods?
    • 71' The home side have got their tails up now. How can United respond?
    • 70' United are behind in a Premier League match for the first time this season, and they could be on course for their fourth straight league defeat at Anfield.
    • 69' United substitutions: Nani and Rooney replace Park and Young.
    • 68' GOAL!! 1-0 LIVERPOOL!! GERRARD SCORES WITH THE FREE-KICK!! The Liverpool captain hits his free-kick through a very poor United wall and De Gea sees it too late to stop it going in!
    • 67' In the midst of all this, Wayne Rooney is preparing to come on...
    • 66' Adam surges through again and he goes down on the edge of the box! Ferdinand barely touched him! The referee gives Liverpool a free-kick, but refrains showing Ferdinand a second booking.
    • 65' United defend the corner, and when the ball is next dead referee Andre Marriner books Evra for his dissent.
    • 64' The referee gives Suarez and Evra a talking-to after they clash again in anticipation of the corner. Suarez puts a conciliatory hand on Evra's shoulder, but the Frenchman shrugs him off.
    • 63' Gerrard works hard for Suarez on the edge of the box and the Uruguayan smuggles a shot away that is blocked for a corner.
    • 62' United fans may be hoping Rooney comes on soon, but it's Nani who is warming up on the touchline at the moment.
    • 61' United only half-clear the ball and it bounces for Suarez to lash a half-volley on goal, but it flies high and into The Kop.
    • 60' The frenetic pace that came with the start of the half has subsided a little for the time being,though surely not for long.
    • 58' Evra falls awkwardly after tussling with Suarez near the byline. The Frenchman limps off the field for more treatment, and more abuse from the home crowd.
    • 56' This season, only one side has scored more second half goals than United’s 13 – Manchester City have netted 17 times following the break.
    • 55' Graeme Ormiston: "Who cares? Killie are thumping Celtic 3-0 in the big game!" Fair enough.
    • 54' Ferdinand goes through the back of Charlie Adam and gets a rare booking.
    • 53' Liverpool manage to clear the danger, but this match has certainly gone up a notch now.
    • 52' United aim to hit Liverpool ont he break now. Young flashes a decent strike across the face of Reina's goal and wide. He wins his team a corner even though it appears Reina didn't get a touch.
    • 51' Suarez's livewire movement wins Liverpool a corner. The cross is headed towards goal by Kuyt and hits the arm of Evans... NO PENALTY!! The referee rightly ruled it ball-to-hand!
    • 50' Bradley Simms: "Suarez just needs a little support, and maybe liverpool need more of a spark..."
    • 50' Some of your half-time tweets now. Henry Loughlin says: "Liverpool could use Carroll given the service that has been coming in."
    • 49' Smalling and Downing ina foot race down the flank, which the defender wins. Downing looks to the referee claiming he was impeded, but nothing doing.
    • 48' Young whips his strike around the wall and Reina palms it away! The Spanish keeper has to run to claim the loose ball after it stayed in play.
    • 47' Young runs across the front of Lucas and wins the free-kick. United have the dead baal some 30 yards from goal...
    • 46' Liverpool get the second half underway! No changes from either side at the break.
    • HT What do you make it the first half? Does Suarez need more support in attack? How badly are United missing Rooney? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by getting in touch via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 45+2' Half-time is called, and it has been an even first 45 minutes.
    • 45+1' Nimble feet from Downing, but he runs himself into a cul de sac.
    • 45' Fourth official Phil Dowd signals two minutes of added time.
    • 44' De Gea gets a solid punch to the delivery. Plays stops after what seems an innocuous collision between Jones and Lucas.
    • 43' Young and Gerrard clash now out on the right wing. Young is booked for bringing down his England colleague. Liverpool get plenty of men in the United box awaiting Adam's free-kick...
    • 42' Ryan Giggs tracks Adam's run through the middle and fouls him in the centre circle.
    • 41' Park takes Skrtel's run as his cue to do the same after dispossessing Enrique. The Korean gets into the Liverpool box and fires an outswinging shot well wide.
    • 40' Skrtel rampages all the way into the United box! The Slovakian defender is shepherded out of play by Ferdinand for a goal kick.
    • 38' Kuyt dinks the ball into the path of Suarez insdie the box, but the Uruguayan danger man is just offside.
    • 37' Jones plays the ball across to Fletcher for the Scotsman to strike from range, but the shot is wide of the far post. This match has finally sprung into life, it seems.
    • 35' Suarez looks nailed on to be one of the stars of the season. He has scored four goals in his seven league appearances so far.
    • 34' Adam surges forward and his low driven effort rebounds off a defender. Suarez pounces on the loose ball and De Gea makes the block with his torso! Huge chance for Liverpool goes begging!
    • 32' Downing lays the ball off to the right to tee up Gerrard for a strike... Slashed way over the bar. The Liverpool captain rushed his effort there.
    • 31' Another dangerous delivery, but this time United get the ball clear.
    • 30' Great tenacity from Suarez to shrug Ferdinand off the ball. He then jinks about on the ball before his cross rebounds off the former England captain. A few muted cries for handball, but it's a corner.
    • 28' Martin Skrtel goes in on Welbeck, but the referee had already blown for Lucas's foul on Park, which earns the Brazilian a booking.
    • 27' Kelly bends his cross in around Evra and it takes the head of Ferdinand to glance it away from danger.
    • 25' Typical audacity from Suarez, who chests the ball down in midfield and goes for the long-range lob over the keeper. The ball swerves well wide of De Gea's goal, but Suarez gets an appreciative round of applause from the home crowd.
    • 24' Liverpool haven’t won more than three home league games in a row against the Red Devils since the 1970s, when the Merseysiders won seven in a row between 1972 and 1979.
    • 23' The tide would seem to be turning Liverpool's way at the moment. The game is certainly beginning to open up just a little. smalling is too eager to go in on Suarez and the Uruguayan wins a free-kick deep on the left.
    • 22' Liverpool take the corner short and Gerrard whips in a devilish ball to the near post. Suarez makes an intelligent run in that direction but just fails to guide the ball on target! Goal kick to United.
    • 21' Downing has a pop from range and Jonny Evans steers it behind for a corner.
    • 19' Liverpool finding a bit more room in midfield now. They have struggled to get their foot on the ball in the middle of the park so far.
    • 17' United have had a shade more possession than their hosts in the opening quarter of an hour or so. Neither keeper has been tested yet, though.
    • 16' Evra gets to the byline and chips the ball over the Phil Jones at the far post... Headed into the sidenetting! First real chance for either side!
    • 15' Steven Gerrard is not exactly “Mr. October”, having scored only three of his 84 league goals in that month, his worst month of the year. Gerrard lights up the pitches in December, with 17 of his 84 goals in that month.
    • 14' Reina plucks Darren Fletcher's delivery out of the air. Safe hand from the Spanish keeper.
    • 13' Martin Kelly brings down Young as the United winger turns on the edge of the area. Great dead-ball chance this for the champions.
    • 12' Gerrard's delivery is headed clear but United clear.
    • 11' Liverpool clear upfield and Ferdinand is penalised for climbing all over Suarez.
    • 10' Neat turn inside the Liverpool area from Park, who lays it off for Welbeck. The England striker can't get a clean shot away in amongst all the bodies in the area.
    • 9' Some decent pressure here from United, but Liverpool clearing their lines well and Adam runs out to charge down Smalling's second ball into the mix.
    • 8' United have lost three leaguer trips to Anfield ont he bounce. They have never lost four away games in a row against any opponent in Premier League history.
    • 7' Chris Smalling jockeys Luis Enrique down the flank well but slips at the vital moment. The Spanish full-back gets his cross in, but Evra chests it calmly back th David de Gea.
    • 6' Charlie Adam wins the ball in the centre of the park and Lucas Leiva moves forward with it. The Brazilian tries to pick out Luis Suarez, but the chance is gone.
    • 5' There have been five red cards in the last seven Premier League games between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield.
    • 4' Rio Ferdinand's long ball is flicked on by Danny Welbeck, but Pepe Reina can collect before Ashley Young meets it.
    • 3' Steven Gerrard hares down the right to latch on to Stewart Downing's excellent crossfield pass. Patrice Evra slides on the make a quality block and wins a goal kick.
    • 2' Alex Ferguson is shielding his eyes from the bright sunshine in the touchline. No doubt the home fans will let him know what's happening if it's not in his team's favour.
    • 1' United, wearing their change blue-and-black hooped strip, kick off to get this show on the road!
    • 12:43 The teams are walking out on to the Anfield pitch now. It's a lovely, crisp autumn afternoon. Perfect for a game of football. We'll be underway shortly.
    • 12:40 Apart from the usual North West bragging rights, there is plenty immediately at stake in this match. Liverpool will move up into the top four with a win here ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures, while United would go three points clear of neighbours Manchester City if they can claim three points this afternoon. city host Aston Villa later on Saturday. Premier League table
    • 12:35 Dirk Kuyt scored all three goals in that win last time these two sides met. The Dutchman starts today knowing that his next Premier League goal will be his 50th for the Reds.
    • 12:30 Head-to-head: This is the 183rd meeting between these clubs in all competitions. Liverpool have won 61, Manchester United 71 and 50 draws. United have won three of their last four matches against Liverpool in all competitions, but lost the last time they met – a 3-1 defeat at Anfield on March.
    • 12:25 Alex Ferguson to Sky Sports on his team selection: "We looked at the game last season and we were far too open. Bringing in Phil Jones to midfield gives us more solidity ... Wayne (Rooney) has had a bad week, he was devastated by his suspension."
    • 12:20 Liverpool have made headlines this weeks over embryonic plans to negotiate their own TV deals. Our blogger Paul Parker believes the club are getting ahead of themselves.
    • 12:15 As surprising as the Rooney omission is, it may be a wise decision in light of the striker's three-match Euro 2012 ban handed down by UEFA on Thursday. He always gets fearful stick at Anfield and it will be even worse if he plays today. Ferguson unsurprised by Rooney ban
    • 12:10 That really is an incredible team selection by Sir Alex Ferguson. No Rooney, Hernandez or Nani. Welbeck up front on his own. Fletcher and Jones as defensive midfielders. He's not afraid of making the big calls, is he?
    • 12:05 Do you fancy a video preview of all this weekend's Premier League action? You do? Come this way please!
    • 12:00 Some big team news on both sides; what do you make of it? Feel free to vent your spleen at the bottom of this page.
    • 11:55 MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Giggs, Jones, Young, Welbeck... Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Carrick, Nani, Valencia. - ROONEY ON THE BENCH FOR UNITED!
    • 11:50 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Adam, Gerrard, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez... Subs: Doni, Bellamy, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Robinson, Agger - STEVEN GERRARD STARTS FOR LIVERPOOL!
    • 11:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Liverpool versus Manchester United from Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 89' Henderson goes for an audacious lob from distance and it brings out a good save from De Gea!
    • 82' Downing bends in a curling low cross and Kuyt slides in at the far post... Great reaction stop by De Gea! The Spaniard parries the shot away for a corner!
    • 81' GOAL!! 1-1!! Nani's corner is glanced on by Welbeck and Hernandez is there to nod home from close range!He's barely been on the pitch four minutes!
    • 68' GOAL!! 1-0 LIVERPOOL!! GERRARD SCORES WITH THE FREE-KICK!! The Liverpool captain hits his free-kick through a very poor United wall and De Gea sees it too late to stop it going in!
    • 66' Adam surges through again and he goes down on the edge of the box! Ferdinand barely touched him! The referee gives Liverpool a free-kick, but refrains showing Ferdinand a second booking.
    • 51' Suarez's livewire movement wins Liverpool a corner. The cross is headed towards goal by Kuyt and hits the arm of Evans... NO PENALTY!! The referee rightly ruled it ball-to-hand!
    • 48' Young whips his strike around the wall and Reina palms it away! The Spanish keeper has to run to claim the loose ball after it stayed in play.
    • 34' Adam surges forward and his low driven effort rebounds off a defender. Suarez pounces on the loose ball and De Gea makes the block with his torso! Huge chance for Liverpool goes begging!
    • 32' Downing lays the ball off to the right to tee up Gerrard for a strike... Slashed way over the bar. The Liverpool captain rushed his effort there.
    • 22' Liverpool take the corner short and Gerrard whips in a devilish ball to the near post. Suarez makes an intelligent run in that direction but just fails to guide the ball on target! Goal kick to United.
    • 16' Evra gets to the byline and chips the ball over the Phil Jones at the far post... Headed into the sidenetting! First real chance for either side!
    • 11:55 MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Giggs, Jones, Young, Welbeck... Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Carrick, Nani, Valencia. - ROONEY ON THE BENCH FOR UNITED!
    • 11:50 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Adam, Gerrard, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez... Subs: Doni, Bellamy, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Robinson, Agger - STEVEN GERRARD STARTS FOR LIVERPOOL!

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