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.
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.
The break will come as a welcome to the Reds with Johnson, Sturridge, Toure, Cissokho and Allen all out injured now.