Full-time: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

  • Liverpool awarded penalty after Memphis fouls Clyne.
  • Sturridge gives the hosts the lead from the spot.
  • Firmino adds a second from close range.
Sturridge scores from the spot
Sturridge scores from the spot Getty Images

Full-time: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

A huge win for Liverpool, who were by far the better team at Anfield. The hosts dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved to win.

Louis van Gaal (left) and Ryan Giggs
Louis van Gaal (left) and Ryan Giggs watch from the sidelines Getty Images


Two minutes of added time. We're into that now.


United have delivered some poor performances under Van Gaal, but there can't have been too many worse than this.

It's been dreadful stuff, to be frank. A performance devoid of any energy or imagination.


On reflection, there may have been an offside moments before Firmino made it 2-0.

United, meanwhile, come as close as they have all evening through Fellaini. The burly Belgian rises at the back post, but heads wide.

The Red Devils' best moments this evening have come through long balls directed at Fellaini.

Given the amount of money Louis van Gaal has been handed at Old Trafford, that really shouldn't be the case.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates on the touchline
Jurgen Klopp celebrates on the touchline Getty Images


Less than ten minutes left at Anfield, now. Liverpool could kill this tie with one more goal, you fancy.

The Reds are flying forward looking for a third. They would deserve it, too.

Liverpool have been as good as United have been poor.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino makes it 2-0 Getty Images


How can United respond to this bleak-looking scenario? Well, Louis van Gaal has decided to introduce the World Cup-winning German star Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been out injured for two months - it's not as though he's being eased back into the action.

Ander Herrera has also been introduced.


GOAL: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United (Firmino)

Anfield is alive, as Liverpool take a two-nil lead in the tie!

The in-form Brazilian Roberto Firmino smashes the ball home from close range after some dreadful defending from United, who should've cleared the ball.

Firmino has now scored in three consecutive games for Liverpool for the first time.


Another golden chance for the Merseysiders! And, again, it goes begging.

Lallana lays the ball back to Henderson on the edge of the box, but the Liverpool skipper blazes over the bar. How many more chances are they going to squander?


Some 25 minutes left at Anfield.

In a strange way, both managers may be fairly satisfied with this scoreline. But another goal might just prove crucial.

David de Gea was brilliant in goal
David de Gea was brilliant in goal Getty Images


Liverpool are making a change...

Daniel Sturridge's work for the night is done. He got his goal and created plenty of chaos in the first half, too.

The striker didn't look happy to come off. But he's been replaced by Joe Allen.


United are right back in this game. Their tactical switch has made a big difference, with the Red Devils having around 60 percent of the ball in the second period.

Can they find an all-important away goal, though?

Chris Smalling scraps for the ball
Chris Smalling scraps for the ball Getty Images


We've played an hour at Anfield, and the stadium is still rocking.

Both sets of fans are making an incredible amount of noise. These next 30 minutes could be crucial in the outcome of the tie.


United have improved slightly in the opening ten minutes of the half. They've at least strung some passes together.

Mind you, they couldn't have been any worse than they were before half-time.

Jurgen Klopp watches on
Jurgen Klopp watches on Getty Images


First shot on goal for United!

Morgan Schneiderlin strikes it cleanly from distance but straight at the keeper.

The away side, by the way, appear to have switched to a 3-5-2 formation.


Carrick has dropped into the centre of the park for United, with Van Gaal presumably hoping he'll offer some much-needed protection to their brittle-looking defence.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has picked up a yellow card for diving.

Jordan Henderson fights to win the ball
Jordan Henderson fights to win the ball Getty Images


Given the pre-match hype surrounding the game, United fans would have been expecting much more from their men.

It's been uninspiring stuff so far and they appear to be slipping towards another away defeat.

Anyway, in response to the opening 45 minutes, Louis van Gaal has decided to sub Marcus Rashford - who barely had a kick - for the MUCH more experienced Michael Carrick.

We're back underway at Anfield.


Liverpool's dominance is underline by the stats...


Europa League half-time update:

Ath Bilbao 1 Valencia 0

Sparta Prague 1 Lazio 1

Villarreal 1 Bayer Levkn 0

And, of course...


Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United

The hosts lead by one and it could have been even more. It's been 45 minutes of one-way traffic at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp's men creating chance after chance.

United, frankly, have been awful, failing to string any decent moves together and offering zero threat going forwards.

It will be a big half-time teamtalk for Louis van Gaal.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at Anfield Getty Images


Marcus Rashford's first meaningful contribution is a foul and a yellow card. The youngster has barely had a kick in a woeful first-half for United.


De Gea to the rescue for United. Again.

The ball comes over from the right side, Lallana gets his foot to it, but the Spaniard manages to get it to safety. United survive but only just.

Louis van Gaal on the bench
Louis van Gaal on the bench Getty Images


Around five minutes to go until half-time now - and it's been all Liverpool.

In truth, Jurgen Klopp's men ought to be further in front. David de Gea has been United's best player so far, which says it all.


United have a freekick in the Liverpool half. One of the few times they've had anything approaching a chance on goal.

Memphis, roughly 40 yards from goal, takes a shot and it goes horribly wide. That sums up what we've seen so far from Memphis and United more generally.

Martial on the ball for United
Martial on the ball for United Getty Images