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3 things that went wrong for Liverpool against Manchester United

Akshaj Sinha
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22.59K   //    10 Mar 2018, 20:38 IST

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League
Salah did not deliver for Liverpool

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford losing their opportunity of going above their bitter rivals in the Premier League table. United's strategy of playing long balls worked perfectly as it caught out the defence of the Reds. The first goal was a result of a David De Gea long ball headed on by Romelu Lukaku for Marcus Rashford.

A 2-0 lead heading into the second half meant Jose Mourinho set his team to be defensively organised which allowed Jurgen Klopp's side the majority of the possession in the second half. The pressure proved dividends as the Merseysiders got a goal back through an Eric Bailly own goal.

Despite all the pressure being put, United stayed in shape allowing Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to create any real threat on goal. The loss means Klopp's side fall back five points behind their arch-rivals but still remain third on the Premier League table.

Here's what went wrong for Liverpool:


#3 Nervy Alexander Arnold

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League
The nerves got the better of the young fullback

Trent Alexander Arnold kept his place in the starting XI and was the weak link in the Liverpool back four. He was at the receiving end of the first goal when he let Marcus Rashford get the better of him as he was wrong-footed by the United forward.

He was once again caught out for the second goal when Rashford's shot deflected off his heel. The 19-year-old was having a tough time in his first appearance at Old Trafford against the United goalscorer and Alexis Sanchez as well.

He committed two fouls, lost the ball on different occasions and was unable to win any tackles or make any interceptions. Going forward, he was ineffective as he was able to put any good crosses. It was one of the worst games for the Englishman in a Reds shirt and was duly substituted in the 79th minute.

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