Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah goals secure win
Liverpool continue their charge for a first league title in 30 years by beating rivals Manchester United at Anfield.Premier League predictions: King Gary star Tom Davis takes on Lawro United, who saw striker Marcus Rashford ruled out for a lengthy period before kick-off with a back injury, actually had chances of their own as Andreas Pereira turned wide of an open goal in the first half and Anthony Martial blazed over the top from an inviting position after the break. It came as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side rallied in the second half, but it was to no avail as Salah struck and Liverpool march relentlessly on, with 21 wins from their first 22 games as United, the only team to take points off them this season, were beaten. Liverpool simply unstoppable Liverpool have now scored in each of their 22 Premier League games this season It is simply a case of when the coronation comes as Liverpool reeled off yet another win en route to the Premier League title - not only doing their own job but watching in satisfaction as the chasing pack, chasing from afar it must be said, fall further behind as Manchester City and Leicester City drop points. There was rare anxiety around Anfield in the closing minutes before the sweet release of Salah's goal - Alisson rightly running the length of the pitch to join in the celebrations after his long clearance sent the Egyptian clear to score. Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Liverpool played sensational football - Klopp Liverpool could have wrapped up victory more comfortably, but with the imperious Van Dijk at the back and the menace up front, it is hard to see how they can be stopped in one game - they certainly will not in this title race. And, of course, victory was made even sweeter as it was at the expense of Manchester United, the old foe who famously fulfilled Sir Alex Ferguson's promise to knock Liverpool off their perch. United now trail Liverpool by 30 points and this is not a gap that flatters Klopp's men. The gulf is not only huge between Liverpool and United. In the Premier League context, it is huge between Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League. Man Utd trail in mediocrity Martial had Manchester United's best chance but fired well over when in on goal Manchester United may point to the fact they were in with a chance of gaining a point until the closing moments here but any suggestion they matched Liverpool is an exercise in delusion. In United's defence they are without key players such as Rashford, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba but they now trail Liverpool on and off the pitch by an embarrassing margin. Solskjaer's side were clinging on for so much of this game and squandered the big opportunities when they came in the shape of those chances for Pereira and Martial. Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with 'many positives' Martial's wild finish was symptomatic of his performance. United were counting on him even more in Rashford's absence but he simply failed to deliver. He was laboured and lack-lustre. United did close down Liverpool's potent full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson for large parts of the game but there is a glaring lack of quality that has been exposed so often this season. Liverpool found it was a very long way back to title glory once momentum had been lost and too many poor decisions made. On this evidence, it does not look like it will be any easier for Manchester United. Man of the match - Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) Virgil van Dijk (left) has scored eight league goals for Liverpool since joining in January 2018, the most of any Premier League centre-back in that time 'The energy was incredible' - what they said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It's a big relief, I was really happy with 85-90% of the game, we were brilliant. We dominated the game, especially in the first half. The energy they put on the pitch was incredible. "On a normal day we would have scored three times in the first half and in the second half until 65 minutes we should have been more clear. "But then United have obvious quality, played a bit more football and we had to defend. There were little mistakes here and there, we didn't use possession well enough and so the game stays open. "Then we scored a wonderful, wonderful goal at the end, a really good feeling." Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "The players gave us everything. Today we hung on a bit at the start of second half, but the last 25-30 minutes we pressed them and pushed them back. I'm disappointed with conceding from a corner and with the last kick - but very many positives. "I felt in the second half we performed really well against a good team and at a difficult place. "We didn't have quality with our finishing or last pass. Fred was absolutely top and David de Gea. As a team we worked together as a unit." 91 from 93 - Liverpool's incredible run and other stats Liverpool have won consecutive home Premier League games against Manchester United for the first time since winning three in a row between September 2008 and March 2011. Manchester United have lost nine of their last 16 away Premier League games (W3 D4 L9), failing to score in eight of those games. Liverpool have taken 91 points from the last 93 available to them in the Premier League (P31 W30 D1). Liverpool became the first team since Arsenal in 2001-02 to score in their first 22 Premier League matches of the season - the Gunners went on to score in every game and win the title that season. Liverpool have kept seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since December 2006 (seven in a row). Since the start of last season, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has more Premier League assists than any other player (21). Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson became the first Reds goalkeeper to assist a Premier League goal since March 2010, when Pepe Reina assisted against Sunderland. What next? Liverpool travel to Wolves on Thursday, 23 January (20:00 GMT) while Manchester United are at home to Burnley one day earlier (20:15 GMT). Read more: BBC News (UK)
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Van Dijk and Salah goals take dominant Liverpool past Manchester UnitedVirgil van Dijk’s powerful early header and Mohamed Salah’s late clincher took the runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield only one team can stop them now. او ساڈی ٹیم ہار گئی
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