Liverpool 2-0 Man United: Sturridge and Firmino give Reds first leg lead

on 10.03.2016


Liverpool won 2-0 against Man United on Thursday, in the first-leg of their Europa League last-16 clash. Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino got the goals.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, March 10, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal against Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea from a penalty kick during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool 2-0 Man United

Europa League last-16 – Anfield – Thursday 10th March 2016

Goals: Sturridge pen (19), Firmino (73)

Pre-match

Jurgen Klopp named arguably his best possible side for the visit of United, in what was an enormous game for English football’s two biggest clubs.

Nathaniel Clyne and Sturridge came back into the team, after being rested against Crystal Palace on Sunday, with Jon Flanagan and Divock Origi missing out.

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Philippe Coutinho also returned, having only featured as a substitute at Selhurst Park, and the Brazilian came in for James Milner, who was out because of illness.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, March 10, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United at Anfield. Back row L-R: Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne. Front row L-R: Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, captain Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho Correia, Daniel Sturridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

First-half

Youngster Marcus Rashford almost stole in early, and Jordan Henderson was booked, as Liverpool enjoyed the best of the ball in the opening exchanges.

In the 19th minute, the Reds were awarded a penalty. Nathaniel Clyne was brought down by Memphis Depay just inside the era, and Sturridge converted the spot-kick with aplomb.

Advantage Liverpool, and it was fully deserved.

David de Gea produced an excellent stop to deny Coutinho from close-range soon after, but the Brazilian should really have scored with the goal gaping. Henderson also tested the Spaniard from range.

United barely offered a thing in the first half an hour, and there was a feeling that Klopp’s men could really put their rivals to the sword.

De Gea made another big stop, this time to keep out Sturridge, as the goalkeeper continued to show why he is easily his side’s most important player.


United’s star man showed good reflexes to keep out Adam Lallana shortly before the break, and it was fitting that another Liverpool chance was the final moment of note in the first-half.

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It had been a brilliant performance by the Reds, and the only negative was that they weren’t further ahead.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, March 10, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea from a penalty kick during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Second-half

Louis van Gaal replaced the ineffective Rashford with Michael Carrick at the interval, as the Dutchman tweaked his tactics for the second-half. Liverpool were unchanged.

Morgan Schneiderlin shot straight at Simon Mignolet five minutes after the restart, as United enjoyed a little more of the game.

De Gea, becoming more infuriating by the minute, kept out Coutinho’s dipping long-range strike, but Van Gaal’s team continued to look more threatening than they did in the opening 45 minutes.

Joe Allen replaced Sturridge in the 64th minute, as Klopp tried to dominate a little more in midfield.

Clyne, impressive all evening, tested De Gea from distance midway through the second-half, and Henderson miscued a good chance from just inside the penalty area.

The lead was doubled with 17 minutes left on the clock, in what was a potentially huge moment in the tie. Lallana teed up Firmino, following Carrick’s error, and he finished clinically. Anfield went absolutely wild with joy.


The remainder of the game saw Liverpool pushing for a third, although Marouane Fellaini headed narrowly wide for the hosts late on.

The final whistle was met with much joy, and a brilliant Reds display was richly rewarded.

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European Football - UEFA Europa League - Round of 16 1st Leg - Liverpool FC v Manchester United FC

TIA Man of the Match: Nathaniel Clyne

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino (Origi 83′), Sturridge.

Subs not used: Ward, Toure, Benteke, Allen, Smith, Ojo

Man United: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin (Schweinsteiger 79′), Fellaini, Memphis, Mata (Herrera 79′), Martial, Rashford (Carrick 46′).

Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Riley, Weir

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

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  1. Fantastic win! We floored the scums tonight… now let’s knock them out in the next leg!

    Happy, happy, happy! Goodnight everyone!

    • Great result mate was made up! The Manc fans where vile tonight with those chants, it goes a miliion miles away from banter, it happens in football but should never be excused, the Manc fans are sh*te fans so it never surprises me the way they behave sometimes, there time is up now City have taken there mantle now and have F’ all else to sing about. YNWA

  2. How do you turn the game around with JOE F***IN’ ALLEN??
    Klopp with Allen is like MacGyver with a paperclip!!

    YEEESS!!!

  3. Nice long rest before we play them next week, while they’ve gotta play West ham on the weekend ;)
    1 goal an they’ll need 4 LET’S GOOOOOOOOO!!!

  4. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

    Woooooooo…great night.
    We’re gonna have another solar eclipse after tonight!!!

  5. hope they review the end and see Fellani push Can in the face and ban him, hate that player he is always involved in off the ball fouls and just a dirty player..

  6. Thoroughly deserved win and should have been more,…. but what’s just as encouraging is for prehaps the first time this season we are showing a bit of consistancy now.

  7. absolutely BOSS performance from the lads. special mention to Clyne and Lallana who I thought were 10/10. Fellaini is a rat and doesn’t deserve to make a living as a footballer

  8. For those who reckon the europa league is meaningless and anfield has lost its atmosphere!! I would advise to get a large stick and go play in the road.

  9. Once again Lallana man of the match for me. Very intelligent player. The midfield three of Lallana, firmino and costs is beginning to show it’s true threat. Henderson disappointed. Play Allen more. He brought in some type of swag when he came on. Over the moon here. #YNWA. Time for a well deserved pint.

  10. Brilliant performance across the board. By far the better team on the night. Between this and the Man City game there is a real sense of things coming together finally.

  11. What’s better than watching our team beat the scum?
    Listening to Ferdinand and Scholes after the match haha

  12. Great performance all round. Clyne and Lallana in particular. They seemed to pop up everywhere!

    De Gea saved United from being completely embarrassed. Deserves that Madrid transfer in the summer!

  13. If United want to go through, they need to get their star player De Gea to start scoring goals instead of just saving them!

    • Watching De Gea play blinders match after match after match actually pains me when I see our goalie. It makes a HUGE difference when you have a goalie like that. Total swing between Points gained by De Gea vs Points lost by Simon in itself would be around 25-30 points.

          • Because it’s a ridiculously inflated and exaggerated stat based on a feeling…that’s basically saying we’d be in 1st postion with 74 points at this moment (14 ahead of Leicester) at this point if we had De Gea.

        • Not really…10-15 points saved by De Gea and 10-15 points lost due to Mignolet….I ws talking about the complete swing

          • You do realize that’s tantamount to saying LFC would be at 64-74 points at this stage if we had De Gea instead of Mignolet this season? So we’d be top of the table if just for a top-class GK? Why not count up all the matches that Migs has dropped points and also try and factor some of the good saves he’s made. Conversely, I’m not saying De Gea doesn’t save matches for United, but a lot of United’s problems are their own, not ours so it would be tough to translate those saved points over to LFC to begin with. And btw, De Gea has made a few mistakes this season as well…they’ve been pretty rare for the most part but they did exist as well.

            Reality is more something like 6-10 point difference for me overall. We’d be right in the mix in top 4 but not a whole lot more than that.

            Saying 10-15 points difference is all well and good as a feeling…it would be good to actually quantify it by taking individual matches and counting up some of them. For me, Arsenal draw, Sunderland draw and Palace loss come most to mind. That equals about 5 points..and the Palace goal wasn’t a 100% blunder IMO..I could see a lot of goalies make that type of mistake and other players were responsible as well.

    • LvG playing Rashford at RB…don’t rule out a striking partnership of Smalling and De Gea next Thursday

  14. Amazing performance from everyone, but I’m particularly happy with Lallana. Hopefully his form continues. Onto next Thursday!

  15. If United didn’t have De Gea we’d have battered them. They were f***in awful for most of that game. Loved the tempo and high pressing for nearly all of the 90 minutes too.

    • henderson has been really mediocre recently . I do wonder if he will get his form back . Not sure if it is his heal troubling him or that he just isnt going to reach the levels he has in the past. Hopefully he can get back to what he used to be – I actually really like him (but never thought he is captain material , but we dont really have many good options there)

    • Hendo will always be behind the pace while battling on with the injury. He needs a whole season off to recover from Plantar. Every time he runs its just re tearing the arch ligament that connects to the heel and it will never heal.

      • I have the same problem but i got this silicon heal cups that u put under my heals when i play football and its great. Can play for over an hour before i feel anything. But ye plantar is really anoying cause it takes so much time to recover from.

        • I had it as well. Was never told about silicon heal cups. I just didn’t exercise for about 6 months and rolled a can of baked beans under my arch daily.

    • But they were playing 2 different positions though…why praise one player at the expense of undermining another?

  16. Damn, I wanted more!
    Should’ve beaten them black and blue.
    But, really happy and chuffed with the result!
    Good performance from everyone, especially Clyne!
    Well done, YNWA!

  17. I said it before this match, that if we cannot beat this poor Manu team, we don’t deserve to go through this tie to the next round.

  18. WHY hasn’t anyone mentioned that it wasn’t just an arm on the back of the neck but he clipped Clyne’s heel for the peno…???
    Or am I seeing things…?

  19. Great performance. The only thing im a bit worried is that I think Stu might not work with Klopss system. When Allen came in we looked great, better than Milner by miles.
    Lallana was amazing, my MOTM, and I think along with Coutinho and Firmino they give a lot of movement upfront.

  20. Was at the local bar for the game and really glad to come out so happy and elated at the end.
    Got into a brawl too when Firmino scored and threw a manc down near the tables, was freaking annoying with his Gerrard chants all night, deserved it!
    Good times!

  21. Really really well played lads, imo only Hendo wasn’t that good, the rest were all boss, especially Clyne and Lallana, nothing better than beating United, ESPECIALLY, beating LVG.

    This is a very very good result, now they have to attack in the 2nd leg, we can beat them in the second leg, we must kill them on the counter, my heart says humiliate them at OT, but brain says it will be a tight game.

    As for their line up, only Rashford and Varela were youngsters, the rest are senior experienced players, so they can’t complain that much.

    Well done lads! As for the return leg Im gonna be home alone so there’s gonna be beers! Who would like to come!

    • yep, hopefully an early goal for us to make it a real uphill struggle for them at OT. Very important to keep a clean sheet today – I was wanting 3 nil but 2 nil is still very good

  22. Absolutely bossed the scum, Lallana and Allen were absolutely superb and the highlight of the match for me.. was Allen beating Fellaini to a header! Now let’s kick on and destroy Ush*ted in their own backyard.

  23. To all those who whinge about Lallana every week – time to shut the f-up and start supporting our player…he ain’t going anywhere

  24. Won’t get this smile off my face til next Thursday! Cmon Redmen finish this next leg, no mistakes! Early goal and kill the tie! Happy days ???

      • I think he would like it – he would get a great reception for sure. Although what Hau5fly says is true , it would be tough , but it is a euro final , its going to be tough who ever we meet really. Not got there yet so lets just finish Mancs off at Old Trafford first.

  25. I was always in favour of Joe Allen Game intelligence and he keeps proving it again and again, but our knowledgeable fans want to see tackles and assists to judge a player.

    • The first minute or so of Croatian TV broadcast was YNWA with the comment guy silent…
      By the looks of it, it was absolutely amazing.

    • The crowd was absolutely fantastic today! Great atmosphere, they did their bit. Especially when the second goal went it, the red smoke had come out and there was a bounce to the place.

  26. I felt taking the world’s smallest violin out and playing when Ferdinand and Scholes said it’s hard sitting here as Man United supporters after watching that.

  27. Great game, everyone in the ground did themselves proud! Wish I was there too!

    This will do the team a world of good, Klopp has a week to get them pumped for the second and I can see us scoring one at least. The clean sheet today was massive!

    Get in!!!

  28. A special special special thanks to all the fans at Anfield. What an atmosphere… Absolutely brilliant. Goosebumps all over

  29. Wow! what a let down, i was sure Scholes was gonna start crying…. Nevermind, 2-0 will have to do for now.

  30. “We gave them no time in any situation. I’m really pleased for Joe
    Allen, he has not been playing and I don’t like this but he showed how
    strong he is.”

  31. United were really average, no cutting edge, all those talented players just nullified. Defensively is where I think Liverpool have made some of the biggest improvements under Klopp. The focus and effort is exceptional and opposition teams just don’t get any time or space. Honestly, it looked a comfortable win tonight and United just didn’t have any real threat. Ausburg were harder to break down and more threatening with the ball.

    1 goal at Old Trafford and United have to score 4 … it’s a great position to be in. Really pleased with the clean sheet.

  32. Brilliant result, Should have been 6-0!

    LVG got schooled by Klopp

    Best Anfield atmosphere in a long time.

    Klopp’s on a roll, wait until he gets to build his own team.

    Once again 1 can only laugh at blabbermouth Brendan Rodgers’ woeful timing.

  33. Fuzzy head Fellaini should have been sent off for deliberate elbow to Can in last minute. Liverpool totally outclassed them.

    • Yeah, and for the 100 blatant fouls, some of which saw Hendo get a yellow for the first of the game… should have been sent off atleast 20 minutes earlier.

  34. After watching this performance I can say that I’m a lot more confident about our chances in this competition now. Still a lot of good/tough European opposition out there, I think the problem with a competition like this is you never quite know what kind of opposition you’re going to get. Certain teams we do better against and others not so much.

    But yeah, quality stuff from all the boys involved today. Our fulbacks looked excellent, Joe Allen looks like a man inspired, Can and Hendo performed well again today dominating MF, the defense was largely excellent as well today hunting in packs both in advanced and deep positions in the pitch.

    And the movement between Couts, Lallana, Firmino and Allen! That for me was the best part of the match…watching our players carve open their defense.

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