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16:00 Sun 15th Jan 2017
Location: Old Trafford
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16:00 Sun 15th Jan 2017
16:00 Sun 15th Jan 2017 Old Trafford

Manchester United v Liverpool: Live matchday blog

A late Zlatan Ibrahimovic header cancelled out James Milner's penalty and denied Liverpool all three points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Jürgen Klopp also addressed the media in his post-match press conference at Old Trafford.

You can read what he had to say on the Reds' performance, the display of Trent Alexander-Arnold and much more by clicking here.


Klopp on Matip situation

Jürgen Klopp has been speaking about being unable to select Joel Matip for today's game,

“We could not take the risk, but we need to get an answer as quickly as possible because on Wednesday we have the next game and then another game and another game. We cannot wait forever."

You can read Klopp's view in full by clicking here.

JK: "We are in the region of the table where we have to be. Maybe for us it's a little bit more difficult to play our best because everyone is not available, but we will fight."

JK: "Simon was good. Really good. He saved us a few times."

JK: "I didn't want to change two positions because of one injury [Clyne]. We thought Trent was ready and he proved it."

JK: "I am used to it and can accept it, but I think over the game we deserved the win."


Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference.

Klopp: "Over the whole game, we were the better side. Then they came with the long ball, with Fellani on the pitch."


Jürgen Klopp has arrived for his post-match press conference.

Klopp: "Over the whole game, we were the better side. Then they came with the long ball, with Fellani on the pitch."

Here's how the top of the Premier League table looks after the weekend's results...

Here's the story of the game in stats...

Full Time

It's all over at Old Trafford and Liverpool are forced to settle for a point after Zlatan Ibrahimobic's late header cancels out James Milner's first-half opener and ensures Manchester United claim a 1-1 draw.


Liverpool work a brilliant opening inside the United box, but Wijnaldum can't get any power behind his shot and it's straight at De Gea.


Four minutes of added time to be played...



Goal for Manchester United - Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

United draw level as Ibrahimovic bundles the ball over the line with his head after a scramble inside the box.


The ball drops for Rooney in the box...he meets it with a low half-volley...Mignolet sticks out a boot to make another brilliant save...the flag was up anyway.


Into the final 10 minutes at Old Trafford. The game remains finely poised...



United's last change sees Fellaini come on for Darmian.


Firmino takes the ball from Pogba inside the Liverpool half and powers forward before playing it wide to Can. His cross finds Wijnaldum at the back post, but he heads over the bar.


A new chant for Gini Wijnaldum is getting an enthusiastic airing in the away section here.


The ball deflects off Jones and rolls for Lallana, but he can't get any power on his shot on the turn and De Gea claims.



Second United change and Mata is on for Martial.


Rooney shifts the ball on the edge of the box and shoots; however, it's never troubling Mignolet.


Liverpool break again and Coutinho finds himself within range. This time, his shot strikes Jones and deflects away from goal.


Coutinho is instantly into the action and his reverse pass sends Firmino into space in the box. He attempts to curl beyond De Gea, but the goalkeeper makes a good save



Liverpool make a change and Philippe Coutinho is on for Divock Origi, who has worked tirelessly today.


The ball bounces invitingly for Pogba off Klavan, but he smacks high and wide of Mignolet's goal.


Alexander-Arnold has the ball taken from him by Martial. United counter and Mkhitaryan speeds into the area before drilling dangerously across the face of the Liverpool goal. 


Liverpool counter and Origi curls one towards the top corner from the left of the box. It takes a slight deflection and goes behind, but that was close to a second.



We're back underway

The home team re-start the game at Old Trafford.


United make a change at half-time - Wayne Rooney is on for Michael Carrick.

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Here's how the half-time odds are looking, courtesy of BETVICTOR.

Manchester United: 18/5
Draw: 85/40

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Here's the story of the first half in stats...

Half Time

We've reached the interval at Old Trafford and Liverpool hold a one-goal lead thanks to James Milners' 27th-minute penalty after Paul Pogba had handelled inside the area.


Lovren's hook back into the danger zone from Milner's free-kick hits a United man and loops into the air and bounces off the top of the crossbar.


Another superb Mignolet save keeps Liverpool's lead intact. This time Mkhitaryan springs beyond the visiting defence and into the area, but the Reds' 'keeper stands tall and thwarts him at close range when an equaliser seemed certain.


Match shot


Wow. Stunning save from Mignolet to keep out Ibrahimovic's powerful low blast from a free-kick inside the 'D'. Superb stuff.


Yellow Card

A yellow card for Lovren after a late challenge on Martial.




Liverpool have the lead at Old Trafford as Milner successfully converts from the penalty spot, powering his effort beyond De Gea.

The Reds were awarded the spot-kick after Pogba had handelled at a corner.

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Jones is caught on the edge of his own box by Firmino and Lallana, but somehow United scramble the ball behind for a Liverpool corner. A big let-off for the hosts.


Alexander-Arnold brilliantly controls Can's ball into his path on the right of the area and strikes towards goal, but it's blocked by a United defender. Unlucky.


A half-chance for Liverpool as Milner's free-kick from the right causes panic inside the box, but Origi can't connect properly with a half-volley and De Gea takes.


An even better chance for the hosts as Pogba breaks into space just inside the box, but he thankfully slides his attempt wide of the far post.


A scare for Liverpool as Mignolet cannons Lovren's back pass against Ibrahimovic. The ball loops high into the air and lands on the roof of the net.


Can pinches possession from Pogba in midfield and strides forward before finding Firmino down the right. His cross is blocked before he works it back to Alexander-Arnold, who swings his centre too high over the bar.


Martial crosses from the left for Ibrahimovic at the back post, but he can't bring the ball under control and it goes behind for a goal kick.


Martial goes to ground in the Liverpool box under the attentions of Lovren, but the referee isn't interested in his penalty appeals.


Match shot


Valencia crosses from the right but Lovren heads away from Ibrahimovic.



Liverpool force a couple of early corners at Old Trafford. De Gea claims the ball ahead of Lovren to end the spell of pressure.


We're underway!

Adam Lallana starts the game and we're off. Come on you Reds!

A minute's applause is observed in memory of former England manager Graham Taylor, who sadly passed away earlier this week.


Here come the teams...


A reminder of today's two line-ups...


Klopp on Clyne absence

The manager has explained why Nathaniel Clyne is not available today, telling that the right-back missed out at the last minute due to a rib/abdominal injury.

Click the picture to read the full story.


Here's today's Liverpool team in full: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Origi.

Substitutes: Karius, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Coutinho, Sturridge.



Jordan Henderson returns to the Liverpool XI for the game at Old Trafford, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is included in the starting line-up as the manager makes four changes in total.


Club statement on Joel Matip

Liverpool FC have confirmed that Joel Matip has been withdrawn from selection for today's match, as the club seeks clarity from FIFA on the defender's eligibility.

Click here to read the full statement.


The scene at Old Trafford

It's a drizzly afternoon in Manchester as activity inside the stadium increases. We'll have team news from the away dressing room for you at 3pm GMT.


Our Opta tool below allows you to compare the key men for both Liverpool and United ahead of today's clash...



With just under three hours to go until kick-off, it's time for's first meteorological update of the day...

The forecast suggests it's going to be dull but dry at Old Trafford come 4pm GMT, with the temperature likely to be around nine degrees. 

A coat is essential for those going to the game, then, but you can probably leave the hat and gloves at home.


Liverpool have scored some memorable goals at Old Trafford down the years - and the free video of 10 of the best of those strikes is sure to get you in the mood for this afternoon's game!


What do the stats tell us?

Here are a few of the best pre-match stats to whet your appetite ahead of the game...

  • The last nine Premier League meetings at Old Trafford have produced 32 goals.
  • Following the 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier in the season, it's worth noting that the last season in which both league meetings ended all square was 1987-88.
  • There has not been a league draw between the sides at Old Trafford since March 2000.
  • Daniel Sturridge has netted four goals in eight appearances for the Reds against United. His league debut came at Old Trafford in a 2-1 defeat in January 2013, when he came off the bench to score.

Want more facts and figures? Click here...


Liverpool rounded-off their preparations for this afternoon's game at Melwood yesterday.

Here's a selection of the best photographs from their final pre-United session...

To view a full photo gallery of the session, click here


So, what does a clash with Manchester United mean to a Leeds-born footballer who played for his hometown club and Manchester City before moving to Anfield?

"I was brought up in Leeds as a Leeds fan and you're brought up not to like the red half of Manchester, that's the way it is," James Milner told

"I'm sure they feel the same about me!

"It's just part of being a Leeds fan and then playing for the clubs I have as well, it's similar. 

"It's important then that you don't think like a fan when you're on the field, obviously. 

"[You show] that passion and you're desperate to win but that's when you can get caught up in the emotion and get sent off or lose your head.

"You fall into a player's mentality but you still have that passion to want to go and win the game."


Alternatively, if you're an LFCTV GO subscriber, you can watch Klopp's press conference in full by clicking play on the video below...


The boss' thoughts

Here are a few interesting snippets from Jürgen Klopp's pre-United press conference, which took place at Melwood on Friday...

On the fitness of Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho...

They all were in training yesterday, so [we have] to wait on how they reacted to the training yesterday then we have to make decisions. 

The last game was only two days ago and so we have to wait for the reaction of those players, too, and then we make a line-up. 

But of course they are much closer than they were before any other game in the last few weeks, so that's good.

On the trip to Old Trafford...

We can lose against each team [in the league], but we can win against each team and that’s the important thing. When you are maybe in this moment, after the last games and you can feel good before a game and think ‘Yes, it should be possible’, but then there is this moment before the game when you realise it is this opponent and they are really different to a lot of other teams.

That’s what I think will happen on the one side and on the other side, we will realise earlier before the game that we are Liverpool, so let’s show this. We can be different to each other team in the league and that’s what we have to show.

On the importance of the fixture...

It's important, we cannot ignore this, but the season doesn't end after it, that's another truth. If you want, United, Everton, these games are always important either way - you can be 10th and they can be first, or they are 15th and we are first and makes no difference for the game. It's very important and we know about this, but of course if we could win there it would be nice, actually, but then the next challenge is then already clear.


The latest pre-match odds from Bet Victor...

Man Utd – 23/20
Draw – 12/5
Liverpool – 11/4

Fancy a flutter? Click here to place a bet now.


As the table below shows, things are so very tight at the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both won yesterday, lifting them above the Reds  - at least temporarily, anyway.

With Manchester City also in action this afternoon - Pep Guardiola's side visit Everton - today has all the makings of another crucial day at the top.



Good morning and welcome to's live matchday blog for today's Premier League trip to Manchester United.

The Reds make the short journey to Manchester looking to get back to winning ways after their narrow midweek reverse to Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

We'll have all the build-up, team news, stats, photos, videos, plus all the action and reaction from Old Trafford - so stay right here for comprehensive coverage of the big game.

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