Manchester United 0 Liverpool 0: Four first-half injuries mar tense encounter


Liverpool FC headed into the game knowing that a victory would move them three points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

They took on a United side reinvigorated by the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, but with Liverpool in strong form of late and Virgil van Dijk returning to the fold, they will have been confident of a result. "We should have taken Rashford off as well but we couldn't". Everything that could have gone wrong first half went wrong.

Shaqiri came off the bench and hit a double and changed the game within 20 minutes, but is yet to hit those heights again as the Swiss global has started just four league games since the 16th of December.

Taking an attacking outlook, the Reds looked to push United back whenever possible, with Milner particularly high up the pitch as he doubled up on Luke Shaw with Mohamed Salah.

Rashford's ankle "ballooned" early on in United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday and he was set to be replaced, but, with three of his team-mates coming off injured in the first half, he was forced to stay on.

What does it mean?

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That's the same every year but this feels even bigger because Liverpool are going for the title with City.

There's been a lot of "north west derbies" over the years that have had an impact on the Premier League title race but not many of them have been as important to Liverpool as the one on Sunday.

- Liverpool have managed to win just two of their last 18 visits to Old Trafford in all competitions (D3 L13), and only one of their last 13 (D3 L9).

Marcus Rashford recovering from injury in time for Manchester United's trip to Crystal Palace would be a "surprise", says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"Second half we were magnificent".