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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lasted just 38 seconds before being sent off

The hosts have sầu made a fast start their trademark at Anfield under Rodgers - but United turned the tables comprehensively and fully merited the lead given lớn then when Herrera slipped in Mata superbly for a composed finish in front of the Kop.

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The visitors' tempo meant Liverpool were getting no joy in midfield or attack, where Sturridge cut an isolated figure và Raheem Sterling was pushed to lớn the periphery on the right flank.

Sturridge did, however, set up Liverpool's best chance of the half when he played in Lallana with a clear sight of goal. The former Southampton man took aim before sending a side-footed finish wastefully wide.

Lallana was the player sacrificed for the brief introduction of Gerrard, who hinted at his approach with a thunderous challenge on Mata, followed seconds later with another tangle involving Herrera.


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For a player of such vast experience, Gerrard's reaction - appearing to lớn stamp on his opponent on the ground - was only going to lớn over one way, with a deserved red thẻ.

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Liverpool's fans were furious, especially when Phil Jones escaped with a yellow card for a wild lunge on Jordan Henderson - và their mood darkened further when United added a brilliant second after 58 minutes.

Angel Di Maria, on as a substitute for the limping Ashley Young, lifted the ball inkhổng lồ the area for Mata to deposit a brilliant low finish past keeper Sitháng Mignolet with an acrobatic scissor kiông xã.

Liverpool had actually responded well to lớn Gerrard's dismissal and kept the game alive with more than trăng tròn minutes left when Sturridge beat De Gea with a shot at his near post that the normally impeccable United keeper should have sầu dealternative text with much better.

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The final drama came with that missed Rooney penalty after Emre Can fouled Daley Blind, but fortunately for Rooney it was not to lớn prove expensive.

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Daniel Sturridge scored at the near post for Liverpool
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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea & Liverpool's Martin Skrtel squared-up after a challenge by the defender
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Brazil legover Pele was a guest of honour at Anfield

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