Liverpool on top of the table with 3-1 win over arch-rivals MU

Liverpool:Two deflected Xherdan Shaqiri strikes handed Liverpool victory over ManchesterUnited in the Premier League for the first time in nine attempts as JurgenKlopp’s men moved back to the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Anfield onSunday.
United manager Jose Mourinho claimed ahead ofthe game that the league leaders have had luck on their side this season, butwhile there was fortune in substitute Shaqiri’s two goals in the final 17minutes, the visitors did not deserve anything more than a fifth defeat of theseason.
Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City tofinish the weekend where they started, a point clear at the top, and move amammoth 19 clear of United, who remain in sixth and are now 11 points off thetop four.
The contrasting form showed by both sides thisseason continued as United strained to keep a rampant Liverpool at bay and wereonly level for so long thanks to a huge error by home goalkeeper AlissonBecker.
Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead beforeJesse Lingard levelled when Alisson dropped a routine cross at the feet of theEngland international.
United had the ball in the net first on a rareforay forward but Romelu Lukaku was flagged offside despite not getting a touchto Ashley Young’s free-kick.
But Liverpool then laid siege to the visitors’goal with David de Gea stretching to keep out a low drive from Roberto Firmino,Young clearing off the line and Fabinho firing wide from the edge of the box.
Only Manchester City have kept Klopp’s sidefrom scoring in the Premier League this season and a United defense that haskept just one clean sheet in the league since September never looked capable ofholding out like they had in their two previous visits to Anfield.
Mourinho’s men were finally breached when Manecontrolled Fabinho’s chipped ball into the box on his chest and volleyed pastthe onrushing De Gea.
However, Liverpool’s momentum was punctured byan Alisson gift 12 minutes before the break.
The Brazilian was Liverpool’s hero with aninjury-time save to secure the Reds’ place in the last 16 of the ChampionsLeague against Napoli on Tuesday.
But he spilled Lukaku’s simple cross into thepath of the grateful Lingard to bundle the ball into an unguarded net.
The second half followed a similar patternwith one-way traffic toward the Kop as Liverpool sought the goal to take themback to the top of the table.
De Gea scrambled low to his left to palmFirmino’s prodded effort to safety, while Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk sawefforts deflected behind.
Jurgen Klopp turned to Shaqiri to unlock theUnited defense 20 minutes from time and the Swiss international needed justthree to put Liverpool back in front.
De Gea did well to prevent Ander Herreraturning Mane’s cross into his own net, but the ball fell for Shaqiri and hiseffort cannoned off Young and in off the underside of the bar.
Seven minutes later, Shaqiri got lucky againwhen, this time on his favored left foot, his shot flicked off the diving EricBailly to leave De Gea helpless.

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