The best photos from Anfield as Liverpool clinch 3-1 win over Man United

16 December 2018

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table after securing a well-earned 3-1 victory over Manchester United.


For Liverpool the task was clear heading into the game, with Manchester City having come out victorious in their fixture on Saturday the Reds needed all three points against their rivals to return to the summit.

A number of injuries across the park saw Jurgen Klopp hand Nathaniel Clyne his first appearance for the season, while Fabinho and Naby Keita returned to the starting lineup after featuring off the bench against Napoli.

A frantic start saw Liverpool take the reigns and flex their muscles as they forced Man United to make sloppy errors in possession as they turned the screw and penned the visitors in their own half.

Liverpool’s relentless effort paid off soon after as Sadio Mane latched onto Fabinho‘s pinpoint delivery and calmly dispatched the ball beyond an on rushing David De Gea to hand the Reds a deserved lead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the first goal past Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane (2nd from R) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The early dominance from Klopp’s men made Man United hide in their shells as they struggled to get a foot hold in the game.

However, it was only for a rare blunder from Alisson which handed them a lifeline and gave them the license to frustrate Liverpool before and after half time.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tension started to creep in as the minutes ticked by and Man United‘s antics continued deep into the last 45 – but then in stepped ‘super sub’ Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss attacker replaced Naby Keita with 20 minutes of play remaining, but he only needed 10 to put the result beyond doubt.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's 23' celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Two deflected shots within the space of seven minutes took Liverpool from the brink of a draw to collecting all three points and returning to the top of the table.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri scores the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)c

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's 23' celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri (#23) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and Dejan Lovren during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His inspired performance led to mass celebrations on the final whistle as Liverpool clinched their 14th win of the Premier League season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's two-goal hero Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool will now turn their attention to yet another crucial league fixture as a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers awaits on Friday.

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