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Jordan Henderson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea. Stewart Downing takes the outswinging corner, save made by David De Gea. Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Adam, Effort on goal by Martin Skrtel from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Stewart Downing has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Luis Suarez is caught offside. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
Luis Nani produces a cross, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Javier Hernandez delivers the ball, clearance by Stewart Downing.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, save by David De Gea.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, Javier Hernandez finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Liverpool 1-1 Man Utd.Danny Welbeck provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, clearance by Charlie Adam.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
The referee blows for offside. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
Javier Hernandez on for Phil Jones.
Shot from just outside the area by Luis Nani misses to the right of the target.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Wayne Rooney coming on for Ji-Sung Park. Ashley Young leaves the field to be replaced by Luis Nani.
Foul by Rio Ferdinand on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd.Charlie Adam provided the assist for the goal.
Booking for Patrice Evra for dissent.
Centre by Charlie Adam.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, save by David De Gea.
Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from long range goes over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by David De Gea.
Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Danny Welbeck results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
Jordan Henderson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leiva Lucas. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, save by David De Gea.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Jonathan Evans has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Chris Smalling challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.
Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Ashley Young fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick. Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Stewart Downing challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Gerrard fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Caution for Ashley Young. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, save by David De Gea.
Foul by Ryan Giggs on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Ji-Sung Park has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee gives a free kick against Luis Suarez for handball. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.
Darren Fletcher has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, save made by David De Gea.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea. Centre by Martin Kelly, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball.
Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Giggs.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Booking for Leiva Lucas for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Martin Kelly, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Chris Smalling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Shot by Stewart Downing from 30 yards. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand. Charlie Adam decides to take a short corner, Steven Gerrard delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Kelly on Ashley Young. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
Patrice Evra produces a cross, Header from close range by Phil Jones misses to the right of the target.
Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, save made by Jose Reina.
Jamie Carragher delivers the ball, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Rio Ferdinand. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left channel, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Stewart Downing. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, save by David De Gea.
Martin Kelly produces a cross, save by David De Gea.
Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Fergie ready for `game of the season`
Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Manchester United's annual showdown with Liverpool the match of the season and urged supporters to respect the history of their rival club.
United head to Anfield on Saturday with their ticket allocation reduced due to past problems and bracing themselves for another fierce reception.
Ferguson has already penned a note to those fans who are travelling, pleading them not to stand throughout the game, which has become a tradition among the United contingent but is not affecting the number of tickets the club receives.
But on Friday, he broadened the theme.
Although he accepts an intense atmosphere is inevitable between the clubs who represent the biggest two cities in north-west England, Ferguson feels more should be acknowledged in a past during which the pair have won 37 titles between them, rather than the twin tragedies of Munich and Hillsborough, which have been the subject of so much venom down the years.
"I have always considered this to be the game of the season in English football," said Ferguson.
"It's never going to change. Both clubs need each other.
"Both clubs' history should be appreciated by each other's sets of fans.
"It is annoying when I hear silly chants about Munich and Hillsborough. It doesn't do either club any good and if it came to a stage where fans were banned from each other's ground it wouldn't be the same game.
"Things may change in the next two or three years with Manchester City and whether or not the derby can equal a Manchester United game against Liverpool. But at the moment it remains the biggest.
"The history of both clubs should be respected. Hopefully we can see that because it's fantastic for fans to see these games - the rivalry, great footballers, the intensity."
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits Manchester United have set the modern-day benchmark for success but insists the status quo should not just be accepted.
Dalglish played a major part both on and off the field in the trophy-laden dynasty established by the Merseysiders in the 1970s and 1980s.
However, as the last Reds boss to win the league title in 1990, Dalglish is all too familiar with the shift in power which took place almost as soon as he quit Anfield two decades ago.
United, under long-time foe Ferguson, became the dominant force and their sustained success resulted in them eventually eclipsing Liverpool's proud record of 18 league titles last season.
The return of Dalglish to the manager's job last January raised expectations that the gulf between the two could be closed sooner rather than later and fans hoped the 3-1 win over their arch-rivals at Anfield last March was a portent of things to come.
This campaign has not gone entirely to plan, with defeats at Stoke and Tottenham, but the only gap Dalglish is interested in closing is the one between his fifth-placed side and Ferguson's unbeaten league leaders six points further ahead.
"They are in a position that everyone wants to be in and that's top position in the league," said Dalglish.
"You cannot argue with that because you want to be there yourself.
"There is no point in being envious. They've set a standard for everyone else to follow or surpass and it's up to us to take up the challenge and we'll try our best to do that.
"We've got an opportunity to reduce the gap and it's up to us to take it.
"They are a fantastic team, a hugely successful football club, and we know it's going to be a very difficult game."
The international break came at the wrong time for Liverpool as they had just bounced back from those successive defeats to beat Wolves and Everton and restore confidence within the squad.
It has, however, allowed the Reds medical staff to get everyone back to full fitness and with their internationals reporting back with no problems, Dalglish has a fully-fit squad for the first time this season.
The match could also see a first start in six months for captain Steven Gerrard, who has been out since March after groin surgery.
Ferguson faces a major selection dilemma over whether to recall skipper Nemanja Vidic.
Vidic made his first appearance since injuring his calf in the opening day win at West Brom in Serbia's shock Euro 2012 exit in Slovakia on Tuesday and Ferguson needs to decide if it is enough to warrant being thrown into the Anfield cauldron.
Tom Cleverley (foot) and Rafael (shoulder) are still out but otherwise Ferguson reports a fully-fit squad, with Wayne Rooney expected to play despite the shock of suffering his own European Championship woe at the hands of UEFA's disciplinary panel.
Hernandez denies Gerrard
It may not have lived up to Sir Alex Ferguson's billing as the greatest match-up in English football but Liverpool's 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United was typically not without incident.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was denied a dream return to the starting line-up when his free-kick midway through the second half was cancelled out by substitute Javier Hernandez's late header.
The England international put seven months of rehabilitation behind him after a groin operation in March by capping an assured performance in midfield with the goal which looked like extending his side's home dominance over their arch-rivals.
However, Hernandez prevented a fourth successive United defeat at Anfield - which has not happened since 1979 - to maintain his team's unbeaten record this season.
It also denied Liverpool a happier anniversary than the one they were enjoying after marking the 12 months to the day since they were bought by Americans Fenway Sports Group.
Wayne Rooney's demotion to the bench summed up his miserable week after his England sending-off and subsequent three-match ban for Euro 2012, which was the talking point before kick-off.
Once the match kicked off there were plenty of others - mainly in the second half - with Rio Ferdinand's disputed foul on Charlie Adam which could have resulted in the defender seeing red and United goalkeeper David de Gea's impressive performance just two.
The first half was essentially about trying to establish a grip on the game and although Liverpool had the better of that scrap early on United had done enough to restore the balance by the interval.
Both sides had chances to open the scoring with Phil Jones, playing in midfield, heading Patrice Evra's deep left-wing cross into the side-netting when he should have done better.
A similar accusation could have been levelled at Luis Suarez, who looked like he would give Rio Ferdinand a torrid time after their opening exchanges but found the United defender a worthy opponent as the half drew on.
The Uruguay international found himself with only David de Gea to beat when Charlie Adam's 34th-minute shot kindly rebounded off Jonny Evans but the striker shot straight at the goalkeeper who parried the ball to safety.
Gerrard found the midfield a little too crowded for his liking and rarely got the space or opportunity to have much impact.
Early in the second half Ashley Young's 25-yard free-kick briefly had Jose Reina scrambling to claim at the second attempt but the tide was gradually turning in favour of the hosts.
They felt they should have had a penalty when Dirk Kuyt's header struck the arm of Evans. And when Ferdinand, who had been booked for an earlier foul on Suarez, tripped a charging Adam with the slightest of touches as he threatened to break into the penalty area, the Liverpool fans were convinced he should have been sent off.
Gerrard, however, exacted a greater punishment when he curled home a low shot from the resulting 25-yard free-kick after Ryan Giggs left a space in the wall.
Rooney and Nani were immediately sent on, with the latter blazing a shot well over, before fellow substitute Hernandez was introduced for the final 15 minutes.
And he made his mark within six minutes of coming on as Danny Welbeck flicked on a left-wing cross and the youngster headed home unmarked at the far post.
But United were indebted to De Gea, who has come in for a fair amount of criticism in his maiden season, as the Spaniard threw himself to his left to deny Dirk Kuyt.
He was in action again in injury time when he acrobatically tipped over a shot from Henderson, with the Liverpool midfielder also having a chance to win it even later only his header from Stewart Downing's cross dropping onto the roof of the net.
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