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Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on Tom Cleverley. Daniel Agger receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Jordan Henderson. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Effort from deep inside the area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the goal.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Steven Gerrard. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Antonio Valencia.
The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Glen Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Valencia. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, clearance by Rafael Da Silva.
Daniel Sturridge produces a curled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Robin van Persie. Joe Allen leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Henderson. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Smalling is brought on as a substitute for Nemanja Vidic.
Corner taken by Tom Cleverley played to the near post, clearance by Stewart Downing.
Phil Jones replaces Shinji Kagawa.
Centre by Tom Cleverley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Glen Johnson. Glen Johnson is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Patrice Evra challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Patrice Evra for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Fabio Borini has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.
Glen Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.
Shinji Kagawa takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a brilliant save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Raheem Sterling goes off and Fabio Borini comes on. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gerrard challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Nemanja Vidic challenges Daniel Sturridge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Daniel Sturridge finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool.Assist by Steven Gerrard.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Patrice Evra takes a shot.
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. The referee cautions Martin Skrtel for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic scores a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 2-0 Liverpool.Assist by Patrice Evra.
Effort on goal by Andre Wisdom from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Michael Carrick challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Shinji Kagawa. Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Luis Suarez challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Welbeck produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Antonio Valencia joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ashley Young.
Daniel Sturridge replaces Leiva Lucas.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Effort from the edge of the area by Tom Cleverley goes wide of the right-hand post.
Ashley Young sends in a cross.
Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Foul by Glen Johnson on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Shinji Kagawa. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Glen Johnson produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Andre Wisdom, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Joe Allen. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Michael Carrick on Joe Allen, free kick awarded. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Patrice Evra.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Raheem Sterling. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Ashley Young is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shinji Kagawa. Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
Raheem Sterling fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Shinji Kagawa. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Patrice Evra produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Shinji Kagawa delivers the ball, blocked by Andre Wisdom.
Foul by Ashley Young on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.
Sturridge signing "a gamble" - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has taken a punt on signing Daniel Sturridge.
Having been left with only Luis Suarez as a regular striker when the last transfer window closed, Rodgers moved quickly in this one to supplement his forward options.
Sturridge is an England international. But his four caps equal the number of clubs he has played for, with a period on loan at Bolton in addition to spells with Manchester City and Chelsea prior to his big #12million Anfield move.
He could start alongside Suarez in Sunday's eagerly-anticipated Old Trafford showdown, but Ferguson feels his ability cannot be taken for granted.
"The big issue for Liverpool is whether they include new signing Daniel Sturridge," Ferguson told United Review.
"Certainly the arrival of Sturridge gives Brendan Rodgers more strength and options up front.
"Sturridge has had a few clubs but I don't blame him for jumping at the chance of joining Liverpool because he just wasn't playing regularly with Chelsea and I always rate a player whose priority is wanting to play.
"Even so, his track record moving between a number of clubs suggests Brendan Rodgers is taking a bit of a gamble, but he clearly knows what he is doing."
Ferguson has selection issues of his own to deal with, not least whether to draft Nani and Anderson straight back into his starting line-up after recovering from their respective hamstring strains.
The likelihood is that both men will be on the bench at best, although Rio Ferdinand is glad to have them back.
"They are both naturally talented footballers," said Ferdinand.
"You don't really get players who can beat opponents in the middle of the park these days.
"That is a good asset to have and is something Anderson has above anyone else. He can go past players and commit people.
"Nani is the same. He is one of the most talented players I have played with.
"He is always a threat. He is quick, sharp and shoots off both feet.
"He can cross the ball too so overall, he has everything."
Rodgers admits his side are still some way off matching United's consistent dominance, but he remains confident it can be achieved.
It is almost 23 years since the Reds won their last league title and in the intervening period they have had to watch their arch-rivals accumulate championships with alarming regularity.
Two seasons ago United moved themselves clear of Liverpool's tally with a record 19th title, and it may be a while before the Merseysiders are in a position to genuinely think they can begin levelling things up again.
"Of course Manchester United have been very dominant over a number of years but this is a football club that also had dominance for many years," said the Liverpool manager.
"What you are always fighting for, every day, is to get back to that level.
"It's a long, hard journey but it has to start somewhere, and what I've seen in this first period that I've been here is that going forward, we can achieve great things.
"The root of it is having a competitive squad and that is what we are trying to build, create consistency and an environment which allows you to learn and develop.
"There is no doubt on the day, as we have shown this season, we will be a match for anyone but we are now starting to see that consistency and that is important if you are going to succeed.
"That will be the benchmark for us going forward and hopefully we can keep progressing up the table."
Liverpool head to Old Trafford 21 points behind leaders United.
Only once since Sir Alex Ferguson joined United in 1987 have Liverpool been so far behind them at this stage - in 1994 under Graeme Souness.
This week Sturridge insisted there was no club in England bigger than Liverpool.
It was a statement viewed with scorn and disdain but Rodgers was mindful to agree.
"It's two of the biggest clubs in the world, not just in Britain. Two clubs who are renowned worldwide," he said.
"It's history that makes a club. Of course we are fighting in the present moment to be better and to improve but the history of this club is incredible.
"People will knock it at the moment because of the standards that were achieved here in the 1970s and 1980s, but that doesn't stop it being one of the biggest clubs in the world, and a club many players want to play for.
"Both clubs are institutions in their own right."
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