Manchester United v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Adam Lallana's 85th-minute equaliser earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford put the hosts ahead in the first half, but Lallana came off the bench to ensure the Premier League leaders' unbeaten start to the top-flight season continued.
Not at our best. Still unbeaten. #YNWA https://t.co/LCHB6qHL4m— trentaa98 (Trent Alexander-Arnold) 20th Oct 18:51
Adam Lallana reaction
The goalscorer spoke to Sky Sports after the game, explaining why the Reds can consider it a point gained given they didn't reach their best levels on the day. Click here to read more.
Jordan Henderson reaction
"I didn't think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball. We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it. Ox came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point."
John Aldridge and Stephen Warnock reflect on the draw at Old Trafford...
There goes the final whistle and it ends all square thanks to Lallana’s late equaliser.
United were 1-0 up at the break through Rashford’s opener, but Liverpool dominated the second half and finally broke through with five minutes remaining when Lallana converted Robertson’s low cross from close range.
The Reds’ 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League season is over, but they remain unbeaten and six points clear at the top of the table.
Oxlade-Chamberlain whistles a shot just wide!
Five minutes added on...
Liverpool are pushing for a winner and Alexander-Arnold sends a half-volley narrowly over.
The Reds' pressure has paid off!
Robertson crosses low from the left and it evades everyone apart from Lallana, who is waiting to tap home at the back post.
Fred shoots narrowly wide.
A final change sees Keita replace Wijnaldum.
Alexander-Arnold swings in a nice free-kick, but Firmino can't connect properly with his header.
Sub number two for the Reds.
Lallana is on for Henderson.
Fabinho is booked for fouling James on the break.
A rare attack from United ends with Rashford cutting inside Matip and shooting wide from distance.
Oxlade-Chamberlain works an angle for a shot from 20 yards, but drags it wide.
Liverpool are camped in United's half now, enjoying complete control of the ball as they shift the hosts around trying to work an opening.
A first change for the Reds, as Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Origi.
Liverpool are dominating the ball now, but are finding it tough to create an opening with United sitting very deep.
An early foray forward from the Reds ends with Robertson's cross being cleared.
Liverpool restart the game.
A big 45 ahead...
There goes the half-time whistle and United lead 1-0 at the break, Rashford the goalscorer.
The opening goal – which was subject to a VAR check after Origi appeared to be fouled in the build up – came just moments after Firmino had spurned the Reds’ best chance of the half, the No.9’s shot from Mane’s cross being saved by De Gea.
Mane then put the ball in the net himself, before VAR ruled that he’d handled before doing so.
Mane slots in but is adjudged by VAR to have handled the ball before doing so.
Rashford gives United the lead.
VAR checks the goal after Origi appeared to be fouled in the build up, but it stands.
United's No.10 netted from close range from Pereira's cross.
That's the best chance of the half for either side, but Firmino's shot is saved by De Gea.
Matip found Mane down the right and the No.10 surged forward before cutting back to the onrushing Brazilian. He tried to sweep it into the far corner first time, but De Gea got down to stop it.
McTominay drives forward and shoots from range, but his effort is comfortably dealt with by Alisson.
Liverpool have settled into a nice rhythm and are probing for an opening, with United content to sit deep and look to counter-attack.
Lovely footwork by Wijnaldum on the edge of the box takes two United players out of the game, but the No.5's shot goes straight at De Gea.
A first sight of goal for Liverpool.
Firmino latches on to Mane's flicked header but slices his left-footed shot into the Stretford End.
As usual, there's a pretty frantic pace about this game in the early stages.
Neither De Gea or Alisson have been called into action as yet, though.
Origi has started on the left of the Reds' front three, with Firmino central and Mane on the right.
And we're off as United get us under way.
Liverpool are attacking the Stretford End in this first half.
There are a lot of reminders in the away end about how many times #LFC have lifted the European Cup. https://t.co/FSxgGzRUb5— JamesPearceLFC (James Pearce) 20th Oct 15:27
The teams have emerged from the tunnel.
Not long to wait now...
Tuanzebe out, Rojo in
There's been a late change to United's starting line-up, with Marcos Rojo replacing Axel Tuanzebe.
The away end is in fine voice 10 minutes before kick-off.
'Si Senor' is currently getting a loud airing!
Final preparations... 💪 #MUNLIV https://t.co/YoYvwmF6i7— LFC (Liverpool FC) 20th Oct 15:17
🔴 UP THE REDS 🔴 https://t.co/kZb3wOE2F9— LiverpoolFCW (Liverpool FC Women) 20th Oct 14:50
The big man is back...
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Here's how Opta expect the sides to line up...
We've arrived 👊🔴 #MUNLIV https://t.co/TtiVByeKci— LFC (Liverpool FC) 20th Oct 14:47
Behind closed doors...
🔴 UP THE REDS 🔴 https://t.co/kZb3wOE2F9— LiverpoolFCW (Liverpool FC Women) 20th Oct 14:50
Mohamed Salah fitness update
Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah, ruled out of today's game due to an ankle injury, could return against Genk in midweek.
“Mo was not ready, that’s how it is,” the manager told Sky Sports.
“He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday, we have to see.”
Today's #MUFC starting XI! 📝 #MUNLIV— ManUtd (Manchester United) 20th Oct 14:31
Robbo on the mic
Andy Robertson takes care of the pre-match media duties at Old Trafford...
Alisson Becker returns in goal for Liverpool for the first time since injuring his calf against Norwich City on August 9.
Joel Matip is also back after a knock, but the Reds are without Mohamed Salah at Old Trafford. Divock Origi replaces him.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana
...it's time for your Liverpoolfc.com official weather update.
It's a grey afternoon in Manchester with some drizzle about. It's quite chilly, too. Our thermometer is showing 11 degrees and it's likely to dip a bit during the game, according to our sources.
So, it's definitely big coat weather.
...is coming up at 3.30pm BST right here on Liverpoolfc.com.
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! FIRST HALF HAT TRICK! Get in, @kirsty_linnett - expertly done from the penalty spot! [1-… https://t.co/F1pLj3xwRU— LiverpoolFCW (Liverpool FC Women) 20th Oct 13:44
We were granted access to Thursday morning's training session at Melwood as the Reds' international stars returned to begin work ahead of today's game.
Here's how the session shaped up...
The stage is set...
Old Trafford. https://t.co/wtL0u7hOAx— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 20th Oct 13:13
Trent Alexander-Arnold made his first Premier League start for Liverpool at Old Trafford during the 2016-17 season.
Since that game, the No.66 has gone on to make 62 more league appearances for the Reds and started back-to-back Champions League finals.
Reflecting on the decision to hand the youngster that starting berth, Klopp said on Friday: "The things he's showing now, that's what I saw.
"That it's possible for him to be a proper Premier League player. I saw signs of that and he worked really hard on it that.
"But I was full of trust and faith. I remember the walk we had and I told him that he will play. He didn't look too surprised, to be honest. Not that he expected it, he was not too nervous.
"I don't remember the game really but it was the first step for him and a very important step for us as well."
Best Derby going...... YNWA.... #liverpool #football #reds #ynwa https://t.co/6wuCAGJMLA— glen_johnson (Glen Johnson) 20th Oct 12:33
GET IN!! 🏴🏴🏴 1 down 1 to go to make it an even better birthday 💪💪💪🏈⚽️ @Cymru @LFC— Ian_Rush9 (Ian Rush MBE) 20th Oct 09:14
'We'll need to score more than once'
Get the lowdown on Solskjaer's United and what the Reds can expect at Old Trafford with our latest view from the opposition Q&A here.
💪🏾🔴 https://t.co/4vFxCmnikc— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 20th Oct 10:50
All eyes are of course on Old Trafford today but two other Reds teams are also in action this afternoon.
LFC Women pick up their Continental Cup campaign with a trip to Coventry United Ladies, while the U23s host Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2.
Both games kick off at 2pm - keep an eye on Liverpoolfc.com for reports.
*Weather update klaxon*
It has been 15 days since a Liverpool first-team match and therefore 15 days since we've been able to provide your treasured matchday weather update.
So let's put that right.
It's a slightly cloudy day in Manchester but rain is not anticipated by the forecasters. The temperature will be around 11 degrees at kick-off, so that's jacket weather - in our opinion - if you're heading to the stadium.
On this day...
Liverpool have won four of the past five matches they have played on this date, including victories over Huddersfield Town (2018), Reading (2012), Everton (2007) and Leicester City (2001).
Last season's meetings
Liverpool took four points from their two clashes with United last term, with the Anfield tie lit up by a Xherdan Shaqiri double off the bench. Relive the highlights of those games again below...
Massive game today away at Old Trafford @LFC come on you reds let’s take away the 3 points!!!! #LFC #YNWA— PaveyMatt (Matt Pavey) 20th Oct 09:34
More of the same... Jurgen Klopp calls for @LFC to continue their perfect start after collecting September's… https://t.co/quXIq3tR1T— premierleague (Premier League) 20th Oct 08:00
MATCHDAY 🔥 How we feelin’ about this one Reds!? 🔴 #MUNLIV https://t.co/kc7scD1EE9— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 20th Oct 09:37
Klopp on United
Discussing the expectations around the game, the Reds boss detailed why his side must be ready for a United team who will be determined to prove a point this afternoon.
"We have to be very, very lively, we have to be emotional as much as allowed, we have to be fluent, we have to be very clear in a lot of moments, and we have to respect their strength - and that's what we do," he said at his press conference.
"This is a really good football team in a situation they don't like, so they want to change it. We have to make sure if they want to change it, they have to start that a week later."
The LFCTV GO cameras were at Melwood on Thursday to bring you extended footage as the players who had been on international duty returned.
Enjoy the best of the footage below. Visit video.liverpoolfc.com for more details on subscribing now.
So, where is this contest likely to be won and lost? We've taken a closer look at three individual battles that may be integral to the outcome at Old Trafford - click here to read more.
Last time out
It has been 15 long days since the Reds were in action.
Here are the highlights from the dramatic 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield...
- Klopp's side have lost only once in the last eight meetings with United - at Old Trafford two seasons ago.
- Should the Reds take all three points, it will be the first time ever that they have won their first five away matches of a league season.
- Twelve goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against Manchester United in league football. Only Stoke (13) have conceded more to Reds players coming off the bench, with Fulham also 12.
- Liverpool are currently unbeaten in 12 away league games since the defeat across Manchester at the Etihad in January.
Joel Matip knows exactly what this fixture means to Kopites, having sensed the excitement surrounding it for some time now.
The defender, who signed a new long-term contract on Friday, told Liverpoolfc.com: "The two games against United are kind of the biggest games for Liverpool supporters and you feel this in the week before or maybe in the two weeks before.
"We have to be ready to get the opportunity. We are focused every game but I think for everybody it's also a special game.
"Both teams want to win and they have a different point of view for the game, but it doesn't matter how it looks for them.
"We only concentrate on our things and we want to win and that's the most important point."
You might have picked up a few of them from following this blog and Liverpoolfc.com over the last few days, but can you name all of the 14 players who have scored for the Reds at Old Trafford in the Premier League era?
You've got five minutes...
Us and Them
Get in the mood for today's game by watching LFCTV's incredible film about the rivalry between England's most successful clubs.
Mancunian musician Gary 'Mani' Mounfield features in the documentary that gives an unbiased take on the fixture's history. You can watch it in the video below...
Did you know?
Liverpool would equal the Premier League record for most consecutive victories with a win this afternoon. An 18th successive triumph will see the champions of Europe match Manchester City's 2017-18 record.
Our all-time top goalscorer ⚽️ Happy birthday, @Ian_Rush9! 🎉 https://t.co/8CKUMaMu8X— LFC (Liverpool FC) 20th Oct 08:44
Classic Match: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool
Let Dirk Kuyt talk you through a famous Liverpool victory at Old Trafford as he was part of the team that dismantled United back in March 2009. Click here to read the feature.
The teamsheets will drop at 3.30pm BST, but here's what we know so far...
Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool would have to assess the fitness of Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah ahead of the game.
"Better - how good, we have to see, that's the truth," was the manager's assessment of the trio's fitness as he reported no fresh injuries for the rest of the squad.
For United, meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told journalists it is unlikely goalkeeper David de Gea will feature as a result of an injury picked up during the international break.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return from illness, but it remains to be seen whether Paul Pogba will recover from an ankle issue in time.
Anthony Martial (thigh), Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw (both hamstring), Diogo Dalot (thigh) and Mason Greenwood (back) are doubts.
As it stands
If you needed any reminding how the Premier League table looks ahead of today's game...
🤩 F I N I S H E S 🤩 Enjoy 2⃣0⃣ of our brilliant strikes against @ManUtd 🔥 https://t.co/DG2P8rvs8Q— LFC (Liverpool FC) 18th Oct 19:03
Jürgen Klopp held a press conference on Friday afternoon to look ahead to this high-profile clash. Watch everything he had to say in front of a packed media room at Melwood in the video below...
Welcome to our live blog of Liverpool's trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.
We're back after the international break - and what a fixture to return to!
Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you the best of the build-up, action and post-match reaction.