Matip heads over right at the death as United hold on for the draw. Can had the best chance of the second half, but that was as good as it got for the Reds. Better than last year? Yes, but not by much. United go top of the table, temporarily at least. Thanks for joining us. Full report and reaction to follow. Goodbye.
- 2nd Half
Liverpool - Manchester United
Premier League - 14 October 2017
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Victor Lindelof comes on for United to run the clock down a little bit. Young is the man to make way.
Oxlade-Chamberlain whips a corner into the middle, Lovren gets up highest, but cannot find the target.
Three minutes of added time here...
Liverpool piling on the pressure here. United have everyone back to try and preserve the point.
Final change for Liverpool with Dominic Solanke coming on to replace Firmino.
Young is the next man to go into the book after leaving his foot in on Moreno.
Ball into the middle finds Sturridge, but he cannot guide his header anywhere near the target.
Young and Lovren race after the ball, it is winner takes all, with the Liverpool defender coming out on top.
Interesting change from Klopp as Coutinho and Salah, who have both been excellent, are replaced by Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Sturridge is getting ready to come on. He scored the winner the last time Liverpool beat United...
Salah lines one up front distance, but slices it well wide. Time for someone to step up and win this.
First booking of the match in the 74th minute! Smalling is the guilty party as he brings Coutinho down.
The delivery from set pieces has been woeful this afternoon. Matic loops another straight out of play.
Nice football from Liverpool. Coutinho clips a pass onto the chest of Firmino, who tries to pick out the run of Salah at the back post, but it is just too high.
Still no change from Klopp. Liverpool are playing well, but De Gea has been relatively untroubled in the second half.
Not as naughty as usual...
Great pass from Gomez picks out Firmino, he tries to lay it across for Salah, but De Gea gathers.
Patient play from Liverpool. The ball works its way to Salah, who curls for the top corner, but that is always rising.
Another change for United, with Marcus Rashford replacing Martial. Lingard has gone into the No 10 role that Mkhitaryan vacated.
Change for United. Mkhitaryan is replaced by Jesse Lingard to inject a bit of Mancunian enthusiasm into this.
NO PENALTY! Herrera clumsy clatters into Coutinho just inside the box, but referee Atkinson waves Liverpool appeals away. Liverpool are camped on the edge of United's box. They just cannot find that killer pass.
Martial whips a cross into the middle, but Lovren clears. Lukaku was calling for it at the back post.
You can't say he has had it easy...
CHANCE! Great cross into the middle from Gomez, Jones cannot make the header, Can flicks for goal, but cannot find the target. Had to do better from there.
Herrera and Smalling get in all kinds pf peril, and the ball cannons out for a throw. Herrera shouted, but the message didn't seem to get across.
Foul throw from Darmian. How does that even happen this level? Liverpool come again...
Coutinho is dropping very, very deep to pick up possession here. United cannot pick him up. Might be a deliberate tactic from Klopp.
All Liverpool here. United really on the back foot. They cannot get out of their half at the moment.
Side-netting from Firmino. Coutinho flies forward, finds Wijnaldum, who in turn plays in Firmino, whose effort is deflected wide.
Offside flag saves Jones there. Poor pass allows Liverpool the chance to break, but Firmino goes to early.
United get us back under way. Let's hope the intensity has carried over!
In the thick of it...
There was a potential flashpoint towards the end of the half. Lovren tumbled to the ground and was caught by Lukaku's boot. The defenders rolled over clutching his face. The referee didn't see it, however. Lukaku may be punished retrospectively for that. One big chance for each side. Lukaku should have done better with his, while Matip was denied by a stunning stop from De Gea. This could go either way!
That's your lot for the first half. The action has intensified late in the day!
One added minute at the end of the first half. There is a break in play after a collision between Lovren and Lukaku.
SAVE! United's best chance of the match. Great play from United, Mkhitaryan threads it through for Lukaku, he gets the shot away, but Simon Mignolet beats the ball out.
Great play from Coutinho to get to the left of the box, he pulls the ball back across, but it is deflected into the waiting arms of De Gea.
Great improvisation from Salah to get the shot away under pressure in the box, but it is straight at De Gea.
That opening for Liverpool really seems to have opened things up here. United pressing now.
Seal of approval.
The crowd goes wild! Lukaku sends Gomez flying, but escapes a booking. First foul in the game, I suppose.
WHAT A SAVE! De Gea to the rescue. World class from the Spaniard. Firmino stays just onside, pulls it back for Joel Matip, who diverts the ball goalwards, but De Gea sticks out a leg and keeps it out. The rebound falls for Salah, but he fires wide. Should be 1-0.
Does seem the most likely avenue for United.
Better from United. Their best spell of pressure in the game. Mkhitaryan has a go from distance, but it is blocked.
CLOSE! As close as we have come to a goal. Young whips a cross into the middle, Liverpool only half clear, Mkhitaryan tries to bring the ball down on his chest, it falls to Nemanja Matic, who smashes for goal, but it flies just over.
More possession for Liverpool, but no threat provided. Firmino again moves into that right channel and tries to fizz a low ball into the mixer. There's no Liverpool player there to finish - Valencia clears.
Yet to ignite, this encounter. Still, it is better than last year! Young and referee Atkinson are not seeing eye to eye still.
Brilliant pace and power from Lukaku to breeze past Lovren but he gets well too much on the cross and fires it straight out of play.
Young whips a free-kick into the middle but the delivery is poor and Liverpool clear the danger easily.
United fans are worried...
Better pressure from Liverpool. Salah is causing all sorts of problems. Firmino fires the ball across for the Egyption, but he cannot connect.
Over 70 per cent possession for Liverpool, but that is hardly unexpected. Mourinho will be happy to cede possession if Liverpool remain so deep.
Young is again furious as he is adjudged to have made the foul. Mourinho cannot believe it.
Brilliant covering from Martial again, as he races back to make the block. Joe Gomez had made a great dart down the right.
SHOT! First real effort at target comes via the boot of Wijnaldum, but his curler is easy for De Gea to gather to his right.
United are furious as Young is penalised for a push. United have plenty of bodies forward there.
Great tempo to the game. Great noise, too. United have settled into the game well, but Liverpool solid so far.
United seem to be targeting Alberto Moreno at full-back. Twice now they've spun the ball behind him for Ashley Young to chase. He reaches the second one and digs out a cross which Dejan Lovren deals with.
Liverpool turning up the heat here. Georginio Wijnaldum carries the ball right to the edge of the box, threads it through for Roberto Firmino, whose cross deflects back to Wijnaldum, but he can only prod straight at David De Gea.
Martial capitalises on some slack defending, drives at the Liverpool backline, gets his shot away, but it is blocked.
Mourinho seems to have set up in a 4-2-3-1 system. Ashley Young on the right, Anthony Martial on the left. Typical Mourinho.
Two early corners for United cause problems, but Liverpool deal with the threat well and get the ball clear.
KICK OFF! An unseasonably warm day in Merseyside will only add to the heat on the pitch. Martin Atkinson is our man in the middle and he gets us under way.
A fitting tribute...
The teams are in the tunnel, we are minutes away!!!
Time for Romelu to produce the goods on the big occasion? The Belgium international has netted just five goals against top six sides since August 2014. However, Lukaku became the second player to score seven goals in his first seven Premier League appearances for Man Utd after Andrew Cole last time out. No player has scored eight goals in their first eight Premier League appearances for the club.
Today is about more than the match...
And it worked out quite well didn’t it, Edwin?
Klopp to Old Trafford? It was never on the agenda, according to the man himself.
And what of the managers? Jurgen Klopp has lost just one of his seven competitive meetings with Jose Mourinho as a manager (W3 D3 L1). Since Mourinho took charge of United ahead of 2016-17; these two clubs have won the exact same number of points in the Premier League (88). Liverpool have scored 16 more goals (91 v 75) but have conceded 23 more (54 v 31). Mourinho has won eight of his first 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D1 L1) between October 2004 and November 2014 but since then he has failed to win any of his four games against them (D3 L1).
Quiz time! There is always more than the fair share of needle in this encounter. Can you name all the players to have received their marching orders down the Premier League years?
Look who's here!
Juan Mata is fully aware of the significance of the gravitas of the occasion.
Liverpool are winless in six Premier League games against Manchester United (D2 L4), their worst run since an eight-match winless run against the Red Devils between 2004 and 2008. United have won three of their last five Premier League visits to Anfield (W3 D1 L1) and have kept clean sheets in their last two games there. In fact, Liverpool have won just one of their last eight matches against United in all competitions (W1 D3 L4) – winning 2-0 in the Europa League in 2015-16.
It’s estimated that around 900m people in over 200 countries will watch today’s game – it’s the most watched club match in world football. It is a match between the two most successful clubs in English football, with a combined 89 major trophies secured.
Some interesting team news in the United ranks. Jose Mourinho has handed Matteo Darmian only his second league start of the season as he makes three changes to their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. Out go the injured Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford while Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial join Darmian in the starting line-up.
Despite journeying thousands of miles back from international duty in midweek, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah start for Liverpool this afternoon. Jurgen Klopp makes two changes to the side that were held at Newcastle last time out with Firmino and Emre Can coming in for Daniel Sturridge and the injured Sadio Mane.
TEAM NEWS - LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino... Subs: Karius, Milner, Sturridge, Klavan, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold. /// MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku... Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Blind, Tuanzebe.
The teams are in...
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