Liverpool Go Down to Manchester United In an Emotional Match [PHOTOS]
Ten-man Liverpool failed to register their first Premier League win of the season on Sunday's emotional match at Anfield, as arch rivals Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1.
Sunday's match was one of the most significant matches in the history of Liverpool Club as it was their first game after the Hillsborough Independent Panel concluded that fans of the club were not the cause of the disaster that took place 23 years ago.
Putting an end to the blame on Liverpool fans for the disaster, the Hillsborough Independent Panel presented its report on September 12, clearing the fans of The Reds for the deaths of 96 people during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989.
Liverpool received a huge setback in the 39th minute after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for bringing down Jonny Evans.
However, captain Steven Gerrard put the team ahead in the 46th minute by scoring a goal from a close range. It may be recalled that Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was one of the 96 fans killed at Hillsborough disaster.
Manchester equilised in the 51st minute after Rafael sent the ball into Pepe Reina's net. Then they were awarded a spot-kick after Antonio Valencia was brought down by Glen Johnson, which was converted by Robin van Persie.
Before the match kick-off, Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton presented a bouquet of red roses to former Liverpool striker Ian Rush and Ryan Giggs released 96 red balloons as a tribute to the 96 fans killed in Hillsborough disaster.