Matchday 34 of the 2020/2021 season is here (albeit a bit late) and with it has arrived the second clash of the league season, third in all competitions. The first meeting was a goalless stalemate at Anfield and the other saw the Red Devils win 3-2 at Old Trafford.
Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes brought the spoils of the war to the United dressing room, all with a goal apiece. Mohamed Salah contributed with a brace. This was the first time Salah had scored at Old Trafford.
Ozan Kabak, Naby Keita, Ben Davies and James Milner missed the trip to Manchester this week, along with the regular absentees. All four had picked up injuries in the unexpected two-week rest they had before the Southampton win, where Sadio Mané scored his first Anfield goal of 2021, along with Thiago Alcantara's first goal in the Liverpool red, kept the Reds in the race for a top 4 finish.
Jurgen Klopp made one change from the team which beat Southampton last week, with Roberto Firmino coming in for Mané. Diogo Jota took over the Senegal international's usual position on the left-wing and the Brazilian resumed his task as the heart of the Liverpool attack.
The game was originally scheduled for the beginning of May but was called off due to disruption from the opposition supporters.
Even today, attempts were made to stop the game from going ahead but this time, the clubs got the better of the protesters. Manchester United players had arrived at Old Trafford six hours before kick off time and the Liverpool bus that the United fans had blocked was a decoy, the real one was going to Old Trafford with another route.
Protests by Manchester United fans against their owners had started three to four hours before kick-off. Originally organised in an attempt to force their owners, the Glazer family, to sell the club. Fans had stormed the pitch and caused considerable damage to broadcasting cameras and stadium equipment. All this ultimately led to the game's postponement.
Manchester United players had arrived at Old Trafford six hours before kick off time and the Liverpool bus that the United fans had blocked was a decoy, the real one was going to Old Trafford with another route.
In a pulsating game, Liverpool fought to a 2-4 win, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford fired home for United but goals from Diogo Jota, a Roberto Firmino brace and Mohamed Salah were enough for the Reds to leave with three points.
Today's win was Liverpool's first at Old Trafford since 2014.
ALISSON BECKER 7
Another disastrous pass from him almost resulted in an early opener from United. Edinson Cavani dragged his effort saving the Brazilian's blushes. Apart from that, he did well enough, could not do much with the two United goals.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 8.5
What a pass for Firmino's goal, it oozed class. And what a match overall. Yet another man of the match masterclass from the 22-year-old.
RHYS WILLIAMS 7
A second consecutive start, the young defender did enough to hold his own.
NATHANIEL PHILLIPS 7
The first United goal was going in regardless of his touch, not really his fault. And Liverpool's equaliser was a lot of his work as well.
ANDREW ROBERTSON 7.5
Mr Consistent, it was yet another great game from the full-back. Didn't look like a player who has been massively overplayed this season.
FABINHO TAVARES 7.5
He wasn't really making himself prominent in the first half but he picked his game up after half-time.
GEORGINIO WJINALDUM 7
The first United goal came through him, he should have been marking Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Apart from that, he did well enough, an improvement from the weekend.
THIAGO ALCANTARA 8
Back to back world-class games. Thiago is finally showing the Premier League why he was bought by last season's champions.
DIOGO JOTA 7.5
He missed a couple of chances but it was him who kicked off the comeback with a delightful backheel.
ROBERTO FIRMINO 8
What a game from Bobby, two goals after a 15-game drought. It didn't show much but he was so important tonight.
MOHAMED SALAH 8
His 21st goal of this Premier League campaign, on his 200th Liverpool appearance, with him playing the captain's armband, came when he killed off the game in the dying minutes. Need we say any more?
SADIO MANÉ 7
Was alright, contributed to the attack well.
CURTIS JONES N/A
We are not giving Jones a rating but it must be pointed out that it was his assist that got Salah his goal.