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2.05pm: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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15:56

Full time: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United

Manchester United claim the ultimate smash and grab as Wayne Rooney's goal upsets Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, who are now eight points adrift of th top four. David de Gea kept the Reds at bay for long periods before United's only shot on target beat Simon Mignolet. Louis van Gaal's side into fifth.

Well that is all we have time for on this Premier League live text. Switch over to Stoke vs Arsenal to follow that game, but until next time goodbye.

15:54

Which comes to nothing as Smalling heads clear in front of De Gea.

15:53

Silly handball from Juan Mata gives Liverpool a free-kick in a dangerous position..

15:53

Three added minutes at Anfield.

15:52

Liverpool players getting in each others way. Can breaks through and his pull back finds both Benteke and Milner. Benteke tries to find the England man who shoots goalwards but it only catches Firmino in an offside position.

15:49

Liverpool have offered very little since the Rooney goal, almost having the life sucked out of them by the sucker-punch. Benteke on but they have not yet hit to the Belgian. Time running out.

15:44

Christian Benteke on for Kolo Toure for the final 10 minutes. Liverpool go to sleep from a set-piece again and they are punished, but having made all the running is there a late equaliser in this game for them? Not long to find out.

15:40

Goal: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United (Wayne Rooney)

Would you believe it. Juan Mata crosses from the left, Fellaini beats a host of Liverpool defenders to the header the ball bounces off the crossbar and Rooney smashes the loose ball home. So this is what a goal feels like. Liverpool will probably feel hard done by.

15:38

Sakho plays a crossfield pass which floats aimlessly out of play and with 15 minutes to go we are no closer to an opening goal or anything remotely like one. Mark Clattenburg has the power to stop this, and it sounds like a very attractive proposition. Liverpool make their first change as Jordon Ibe comes on for Adam Lallana - who has had the best chance in this game for me.

15:34

Surprise not to have seen a single change from Liverpool in this game, as United make their third. Memphis Depay on for Ander Herrera, a change which is met by a chorus of boos from the away fans who are not impressed. You can understand why.

15:29

David de Gea to the rescue again, saving first from Can's effort from range and then Firmino's follow-up. Mata on for the almost anonymous Jesse Lingard.

15:27

The ball sits up for Matteo Darmian and he smashes one over the Liverpool crossbar. It is times like these we look to either bench for some inspiration. Juan Mata is warming up and having scored twice here last season, would surely be the natural change for the visitors. For Liverpool, Christian Benteke has had a rough time under Jurgen Klopp but must surely be used here.

15:22

You may have noticed via your Twitter feeds or split screens that Real Madrid are 4-0 up against Sporting Gijon. We could do with some of those goals here. An hour gone and neither team have come remotely close.

15:19

Anything United do good in an attacking sense is coming from Martial who evades Henderson and shoots wide. Shot of another United player in the crowd with the away fans, Marcos Rojo, who is watching the game with Michael Carrick and Phil Jones today.

15:14

Best chance of the game falls to Liverpool. Emre Can is released in the left channel of the penalty area but De Gea deflects the ball behind. Another big save from the United 'keeper.

15:11

Half a chance for United at the start of the half as Wayne Rooney nipped ahead of Nathaniel Clyne but after catching Kolo Toure off-balance and feeding Martial, the Frenchman is disposed amid a crowd of Liverpool bodies.

15:08

Manchester United failed to score in the first half for the 15th time in 22 games at Anfield this afternoon, and they kick-off the second half. Both teams unchanged.

14:52

Half time: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

A 45 minutes which has hardly betrayed the current standard of these two sides. Ninth hosting sixth the game was billed as before kick-off and it has turned out that way, with a disjointed ugly encounter with few chances a little quality. That highlight video shown before the game? That first half won't need to be included in it. Do better next time.

14:52

Anthony Martial burst down the left as he has done a few times in this after but his shot is blocked by Sakho. Easily United's best player of a poor first half.

14:48

Ashley Young's afternoon looks over as the full-back goes down with a hip injury. He tries to continue but just four minutes before half time he is replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. Matteo Darmian goes to right-back.

14:45

Bit of life to the game now and could Liverpool have had a penalty? Mignolet sets the home side rolling from a quick throw and the ball is eventually played to Firmino, who is shoved off the ball by Martial. Looked like he was outmuscled by the United forward on reflection.

14:41

Corner for United, their first of the game. Sakho heads away at the near post. That followed United's best move of the game as Rooney crossed for Fellaini, whose back header hit Milner and went out of play. The lanky midfielder wanted a penalty, but there was nothing doing there.

14:37

The ball seems to be following Jordan Henderson around and he again takes aim, this time from 25 yards with a dipping volley but it flies wide. De Gea not tested. United looking all over the place at the back however while lacking any focus going forward. A worry for them.

14:36

Manchester United with their first effort in anger, but Ander Herrera slices his effort horribly wide. Liverpool then string together the best move of the game, with Lucas, Lallana and Henderson all involved, before the latter slashes wide. Better.