Liverpool defeated Manchester United by 4-2

Liverpool provided a huge boost to their hopes of Champions League football next season as they claimed a thrilling 4-2 win over rivals Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead early through Bruno Fernandes, but were pegged back before half-time as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino got on the scoresheet.

Liverpool thought they were back in it after 26 minutes when a Bailly tackle on Phillips just inside the area sent the Liverpool man high in the air and was met by an instinctive penalty award from Taylor.

Of course VAR checks these things. Paul Tierney ran the replays and suggested Taylor should do the same. Slowed down, it could easily be seen that Bailly got the ball before the man. No nonsense about follow-throughs here either. Taylor immediately and rightly reversed his decision. Liverpool weren’t going to need his help anyway.

Yet the game could have changed in the 31st minute, before Liverpool scored. Shaw took a corner, finding Fernandes on the edge of the area. He whipped in a cross which Pogba met at the far post, his header dropping narrowly wide. Had that gone in would Liverpool have found the spirit for revival? Just 16 minutes later they were 3-1 up.

Fast forward to the 90th minute and, as often happens, pushing for an equaliser was United’s ultimate downfall. Nemanja Matic was caught in possession by Fabinho and Liverpool broke.

Substitute Curtis Jones fed Salah and he sped away, only Henderson to beat. There was only going to be one winner from there. That cannot be said of the scrap for a top four finish.

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