Depending on Roberto Firmino’s twice striking, Liverpool boosted their EPL top top-four hopes. Liverpool won by 4-2 against their bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.
These three points help Liverpool to move into the fifth position in the table. They are now four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. Also Man United remains second and four points clear of Leicester City.
The home side started very brightly and took the lead in the 10th minute.
Bruno Fernandes’s shot was deflected by Red’s defender Nat Philips and went into the back of the Liverpool net.
The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 26th minute. Man U defender Eric Bailly clattered into Phillips. The referee overturned his decision after checking VAR. Manchester United center-back got a slight touch on the ball so the penalty is not given.
Liverpool got the equalizer in the 34th minute. Taking the ball from Phillip, Diego Jota scored the goal. He is so bright in the first half of the game.
Liverpool got their lead when Roberto Firmino headed the ball back into the net. Trent Alexander Arnold floated the ball and it’s found Firmino’s head. That’s a brilliant goal to watch.
Firmino scored his second to give Red’s double lead. He scored early in the second half and sends Liverpool 3-1 ahead. After Dean Henderson struggled against a shot from Arnold it came to Firmino. Firmino calmly finished the goal.
Jota hit the post just before the hour. Also, Alexander-Arnold got a chance and came close to the goal. That time the visitors utterly dominating the contest in Manchester.
Marcus Rashford scored a goal to decrease the lead. He got a pass from Edinson Cavani and squeezed it into the bottom corner in the 68th minute.
The home side could not able to find the third one but Mohamed Salah made it 4-2. For that Liverpool surely took all the points.
Hero of the Match- Roberto Firmino
It would be fair to say that Firmino has not had his best season for Liverpool. But the Brazilian was in excellent form at Old Trafford as he played a leading role in the visitors securing all three points.
The 29-year-old scored either side of the half-time interval to turn the match on its head. His overall work was also excellent.
Manchester United and Liverpool LINEUPS
MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly (Matic 86′), Shaw; Fred (Greenwood 63′), McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum (Jones 74′); Salah (Williams 92′), Firmino, Jota (Mane 74′)