Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United
Sunday, 1st September 2013
Substitutions: Sterling on for Aspas (60), Wisdom on for Johnson (79), Alberto on for Countinho (84). Subs not used: Jones, Kelly, Flanagan, Ibe.
Booked: Aspas, Lucas
Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Jones (Valencia – 37′ ), Ferdinand, Vidic, Giggs (Hernandez – 73′ ), Carrick, Young Booked (Nani – 63′ ), Welbeck, Cleverley, Van Persie.
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Smalling, Buttner, Anderson.
Booked: Carrick, Young, Cleverley, van Persie.
With Kolo Toure injured, Brendan Rodgers brought in Martin Skrtel to line-up in central defence alongside Daniel Agger.
Before the game, Anfield paid tribute to legendary manager Bill Shankly, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday tomorrow.
Sturridge’s goal, scrambling in from a corner, came after just three minutes and lead to a very nervous final 87 minutes.
Simon Mignolet produced some solid saves and although a few nervy moments appeared from left-back Jose Enrique, Liverpool’s defence was resolute throughout.
Glen Johnson was forced off during the second half after a challenge with Patrice Evra, whilst Sturridge later revealed he had sustained a thigh problem.
Late on substitute Raheem Sterling forced a big save from United goalkeeper David de Gea as Rodgers’ side held on for the victory.
Liverpool go into the international break sitting top of the Premier League table, with nine points from their opening three games.
The break will come as a welcome to the Reds with Johnson, Sturridge, Toure, Cissokho and Allen all out injured now.