LIVERPOOL BREAK MANCHESTER UNITED HEARTS WITH REMARKABLE COMEBACK WIN!
The Kop End as the winning goal goes in, sinking United hearts.
It was the first game of the 19/20 Premier League season, and what a match-up it was, with Liverpool tied up against their fiercest rivals Manchester United at Anfield on the opening day. It was the competitive debut as manager in the Premier League for new Manchester United boss Gary Neville, as he was paired up against the vastly experienced German tactician Jürgen Klopp. Liverpool were the sure-fire favourites to win the game, and Manchester United seen as the underdogs, but the game didn't really show that, as it was so competitive and there was barely a hair between the sides in the end.
The game started at a very predictable fast pace, with Liverpool dominating the first several minutes, really trying to stamp their authority on the game. Neville and his Manchester United team, however, had other ideas. The ball was picked up by new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka in Manchester United`s own half. The ball was passed around a few times at the back, until it reached Paul Pogba, who then proceeded to try and get the ball forward as he saw the opportunity to counter. The ball reached Jesse Lingard from Paul Pogba`s pass, and he surged forward into the middle of the park at blistering pace, and found target-man Romelu Lukaku, who provided a nice flick on to Bruno Fernandes as he was running to underlap the Liverpool centre-backs. And Bruno Fernandes then took a touch to the left and ran on a few yards, and boom! He rifled it into the top left-hand corner with his weaker left foot to make it 1-0 on the 8th minute mark. The Liverpool fans were in complete shock, as too were the players, and a few heads seemed to drop, very uncharacteristic of a sturdy Liverpool side. The Manchester United players were super fired up, and looked ready to draw more blood.
The game continued in the same vain after the goal, with Liverpool having more of the ball and creating more chances, but really snatching at them, and they were punished for not putting them away. In the 23rd minute, new Manchester United signing Kieran Tierney surged forward with purpose, and continued so for at least 40 yards, straight from the left hand side to the middle, and as soon as Virgil Van Dijk was on his toes, he looked for a pass to Bruno Fernandes, who again found a gap in between the centre-backs with an underlapping run. However, Virgil Van Dijk intercepted the pass, but the interception deflected straight into Bruno Fernandes` path, and he slotted the ball home into the bottom right-hand corner, making it 2-0. All of Anfield fell silent, except for the Manchester United fans, players and staff, including Gary Neville, who was going berserk with ecstasy. Liverpool now had a mountain to climb, but could they summit it? Yes, yes they could.
Liverpool`s attitude now seemed to completely change, and they seemed to have pushed their whole team further up the field. They were really now trying to get back in the game, and to put it simply, Manchester United couldn't cope. On 29 minutes, Liverpool broke, and a cross from Adam Lallana found Sadio Mané, who headed the ball home from point blank range, as he got in behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The game was now well and truly on.
On 39 minutes, Liverpool had a corner, which eventually found Virgil Van Dijk, who contemplated on the ball for a few seconds, before deciding to shoot, but the shot got deflected and ended up at Naby Keita`s feet, where he hit an absolute screamer first time, straight into the top left-hand corner, leaving David De Gea with no chance. It was an extraordinary effort! And now Liverpool had hit their stride, and Anfield now began to roar, and Manchester United heads began to drop. Luckily for Manchester United, they went in level at the break, giving them some breathing space and time to come up with a plan to try and win the game, or to hold onto the draw.
In the second-half, Manchester United really gave it their all, and came close a few times, and were not lacking in work rate, but certainly in concentration. On 48 minutes, Liverpool broke from their own half after a bad touch from Romelu Lukaku, and the ball found Sadio Mané, who drove with pace straight into the heart of Manchester United`s defence. He then saw Adam Lallana in space on the left-hand side, and sprayed a pass to him, and he hit a shot, but it hit off the post. However, the ball came back to him, and he then passed it straight to Mohamed Salah, who then tapped it into an empty net. They had done it, they had turned it around! The Liverpool fans went into a frenzy, and the Kop End made noise that most likely broke many ear-drums in the process. Liverpool now had the stranglehold on the game, but Manchester United were not giving up. They fought, and fought, and fought, but could not find a breakthrough, with Virgil Van Dijk being as solid as ever and Alisson Becker acting as a human barricade in goal. The game ended 3-2, and it was one hell of a classic! Despite the loss, Manchester United played extremely well, especially considering the quality of opposition and that many debutants were on the pitch.
After the game we gathered thoughts of Jürgen Klopp. He said "I am very proud of how we got ourselves together and fought back in the way we did, I am very disappointed with many aspects of our performance, especially in the first-half, we gave United too much time and space. But, we got the 3 points, and that's what matters at the end of the day. I am however looking for a reaction in the next game, for us to not collapse as we did at times, and try to remain solid throughout"
. We then gathered Gary Neville`s thoughts. He said "I am extremely proud of my side today, despite the loss. We came to a real fortress in Anfield, a place where Liverpool haven't lost in the league in almost 2 years, and gave them a serious, combative, competitive game. There are so many positives to take from this game despite the loss, and its a good learning curve for us. If we can play like that every game, I think we can achieve a lot this season".
Fantastic business indeed from Neville, with him getting rid of deadwood, while also bringing in a good mixture of experience and youth, and hopefully Pavón can prove his worth!
Thanks! And Pavón is a terrific addition