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The ball is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance by Glen Johnson.
Javier Hernandez scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd.Assist by Ryan Giggs.
Joe Cole on for Luis Suarez. Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Luis Suarez. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick. Steven Gerrard has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, John O'Shea produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Gerrard.
Shot by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Shot from long range by Steven Gerrard goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The referee cautions Paul Scholes for unsporting behaviour. Darren Fletcher on for Paul Scholes. Luis Suarez fouled by Paul Scholes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leiva Lucas.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
John O'Shea sends in a cross, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Rodriguez Maxi concedes a free kick for a foul on Dimitar Berbatov. Ryan Giggs delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
John O'Shea replaces Rafael Da Silva. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Leiva Lucas. Wayne Rooney shoots direct from the free kick. A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar. Michael Carrick handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
Raul Meireles leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Carroll. Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Michael Carrick.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Carrick fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
Foul by Chris Smalling on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
Dirk Kuyt gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Man Utd.Wes Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save. Assist on the goal came from Luis Suarez.
Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov. Ryan Giggs has an effort direct from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line. Wayne Rooney produces a cross, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Clearance by Raul Meireles.
Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Javier Hernandez fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Ryan Giggs from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Patrice Evra fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Michael Carrick crosses the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel. Centre by Rafael Da Silva, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
Leiva Lucas challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Rooney takes the free kick.
Booking for Rafael Da Silva for unsporting behaviour. Martin Skrtel is shown a yellow card. Javier Hernandez replaces Luis Nani. Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Dimitar Berbatov, Effort on goal by Javier Hernandez from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Wes Brown gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
Jamie Carragher receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Edwin Van der Sar goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Luis Nani. Wayne Rooney crosses the ball in from the free kick, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball.
Dirk Kuyt grabs a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd.
Luis Suarez crosses the ball, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
Leiva Lucas takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, save by Edwin Van der Sar. Edwin Van der Sar fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Giggs.
Rodriguez Maxi crosses the ball, blocked by Edwin Van der Sar.
Dirk Kuyt gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Luis Suarez.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.
Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Rafael Da Silva. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Foul by Luis Suarez on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is swung over by Jamie Carragher, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
Steven Gerrard fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabio Aurelio. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Wes Brown takes a shot. Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Rafael Da Silva.
Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, clearance by Leiva Lucas.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save. Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot from outside the box and hits the post.
Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Wes Brown gets a block in. Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Wes Brown.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Rodriguez Maxi has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, Wes Brown manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Wes Brown makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Chris Smalling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Carroll set for debut
Liverpool's club-record signing Andy Carroll could be set for his debut against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
The 22-year-old, who completed a #35million move from Newcastle on deadline day, has been edging nearer to full fitness from a thigh injury which has sidelined him since late December and is finally close to inclusion in the squad.
Defenders Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio (both thigh) are set to return after missing last weekend's defeat at West Ham, while midfielder Raul Meireles is expected to be fit after coming off at Upton Park with a minor knee problem.
Full-back Martin Kelly has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring tear so manager Kenny Dalglish is likely to switch Glen Johnson back to the right side of defence.
Wes Brown is set to make only his third Premier League start of the season for Manchester United.
With skipper Nemanja Vidic suspended and Rio Ferdinand still to recover from a calf injury, Brown looks poised to partner Chris Smalling in central defence for the leaders.
Otherwise, Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to rely on the players who performed well in the first-half at Chelsea only to suffer their second defeat of the season thanks to two second-half strike
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina admits it is difficult to keep emotions in check when United come to Anfield but he intends to keep a clear head in what is sure to be a heated atmosphere.
United have beaten their arch-rivals twice already this season at Old Trafford, 3-2 in the league and 1-0 in the FA Cup, but the Merseysiders have won the last two meetings at Anfield.
Last season Reina highlighted what the result meant when he ran the length of the pitch to be the first player to celebrate with striker David Ngog when he scored his injury-time goal in front of the Kop in their 2-0 victory.
Another similar result could produce a repeat performance from the Spain international but he accepts the Reds will have to cut out the errors which saw them lose for the first time in eight matches at West Ham last weekend.
"That celebration shows what it means to everybody," said Reina, who has admitted his form has not been the best this season.
"The way we won is the reason I ran the length of the pitch.
"We'd scored a last-minute goal, we were suffering a bit from their attacks and at the end we scored. It was so emotional.
"The key to winning again is to make less mistakes than them and to score one more goal - that's all.
"It looks easy but they are always really tight games, always really close."
Darren Fletcher is desperate to take out his midweek frustrations on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
United began a hugely important week in the worst possible manner, going down in controversial fashion at Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The after-effects of the defeat will be felt for some considerable time given Ferguson must face an improper conduct charge at some point during the month.
But with Arsenal now within striking distance again, United could do without dropping more points on Merseyside.
And Fletcher believes the sense of injustice around the Red Devils camp needs to be put to positive use.
"You could not have a better game to get the frustrations of Tuesday night out of our systems," said the Scotland skipper.
"It is a weird thing to say about a match between Liverpool and United but if anything it has become even bigger because of what happened at Stamford Bridge.
"There is a lot of disappointment because we never seem to get the rub of the green down there.
"We have to bounce back quickly and get all our focus and energy on Liverpool."
With Carroll set to make his debut, the hosts have plenty to occupy their minds.
However, a visit from United is always a special occasion, especially with the old enemy aiming to complete a record 19th league title triumph.
"It is part of football rivalry that there might be more incentive from stopping us achieving stuff than what they can do themselves," said Fletcher.
"Liverpool are a proud club with a great tradition. They certainly won't want to relinquish the record to us.
"However, we are going there to get our title challenge back on track so it is not as though we are lacking an incentive to win."
United have lost on their last two trips to Anfield, although they did come out on top in the previous three meetings between the sides, which were all played at Old Trafford.
The usual hostile atmosphere is guaranteed, although Fletcher feels it is something to be embraced rather than feared.
"It is an interesting experience," he said.
Kuyt treble ensures Reds enjoy afternoon to remember
Liverpool's fully deserved 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Anfield may not ultimately prevent their arch-rivals surpassing the Reds' 18 league titles at the end of the season.
It has, however, dented Sir Alex Ferguson's side's hopes of a straightforward run-in and at the same time restored some pride for the Reds after two defeats at Old Trafford already this campaign.
Dirk Kuyt grabbed the headlines with a first Liverpool hat-trick against United since Peter Beardsley's in September 1990, before Javier Hernandez headed an injury-time consolation - but there were many more who deserved the plaudits.
Tireless livewire Luis Suarez had a hand in all three goals while Lucas Leiva and Raul Meireles produced impressive midfield performances.
The afternoon was capped off with a long-awaited debut for #35million record signing Andy Carroll after more than two months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
For United their second-choice central defensive partnership of Wes Brown and Chris Smalling, deputising for the suspended Nemanja Vidic and injured Rio Ferdinand, never looked comfortable on an afternoon when very few of visiting team reached anywhere near the exacting standards Ferguson demands.
They still remain top of the table, and it is difficult to bet against them being in that position come May, but two defeats in five days - having lost at Chelsea in midweek - leave plenty of questions to be answered.
While Carroll had claimed all the adulation prior to kick-off, when the action got going it was his fellow January arrival Suarez who had an effect where it mattered most.
The Uruguay international, a #22.7million transfer from Ajax, had one early effort prodded at Edwin van der Sar but that was merely a precursor to a piece of brilliance to set up the opener.
When he collected the ball on the left of the penalty area his route to goal was blocked by a number of opponents but his quick feet saw him weave past Rafael, Michael Carrick and Wes Brown on his way to the byline.
From there he squared the ball through Van der Sar's legs to present Kuyt with a tap-in from just inches.
Suarez could claim to have had a hand in the next one too - but the main credit had to go to Nani, who had a defensive aberration.
The Portugal international inexplicably headed the Uruguayan's cross back into his own six-yard area where Kuyt gleefully nodded in.
Liverpool's lead was fully deserved but it had been United who had come closest to scoring prior to Kuyt's 34th-minute strike.
Dimitar Berbatov, scorer of a match-winning hat-trick in their Old Trafford league encounter, volleyed Wayne Rooney's knockdown against the outside of Jose Reina's right-hand post.
The rivalry between the teams, England's dominant pairing over the last four decades, was evident in the closing stages of the first half.
Jamie Carragher, switched to right-back after Fabio Aurelio went off injured, was lucky to escape with just a booking after a reckless shin-high tackle on Nani.
However, the Portuguese, already at fault for the second goal, disgraced himself by collapsing to the floor and bursting into tears when Steven Gerrard placed a hand on his shoulder.
After the ensuing melee Nani departed on a stretcher, replaced by Javier Hernandez, and Van der Sar was cautioned.
Rafael also benefited from referee Phil Dowd's leniency after a high challenge on Lucas Leiva earned him, and Martin Skrtel for his retaliation, a booking.
The second half began with United, not unexpectedly, having their best spell and for 20 minutes it appeared a goal was imminent.
Ryan Giggs, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 606 league appearances, met Rooney's cross with a first-time shot which whistled just over the crossbar to serve as a warning that the game was far from finished.
Meireles had to clear off the line for the second time in the match to prevent Berbatov's close-range header going in while Giggs curled an 18-yard free-kick over.
More gaps were appearing in the visitors' defence, though, and when Kuyt put Meireles clean through Van der Sar came to the rescue by palming his angled shot away.
The Dutchman was at fault in the 65th minute, however, when he spilled Suarez's free-kick and his compatriot knocked in the rebound.
Carroll's long-awaited debut arrived in the 74th minute when he replaced Meireles to a rapturous reception and his first touch was a goalbound header.
Kuyt's supreme confidence saw him attempt a 25-yard volley which screamed wide while Gerrard twice hit low shots either side of each post.
Hernandez scored a late headed consolation from Giggs' cross in added time but it hardly raised a cheer among the visiting fans.
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