LiveFT: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Summary

  1. Depay brings down Clyne for penalty
  2. Firmino from six yards for second
  3. De Gea makes series of superb saves
  4. Return leg at Old Trafford on 17 March

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By Tom Rostance

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If Klopp asked us to walk on water, the Kop would try. Boom!

Chris, happy Liverpool fan on his way home.

A fitting way to end his time at United, praising the atmosphere Liverpool created. Shameful.

Kevin

'That's the Liverpool I knew'

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "It was good. No matter how you play against Manchester United it is always difficult to make chances. We could have scored more goals in the first half, but that's life.

"Scoring the second goal was very important. We know it is only the first leg but we needed to win it and we did. We are in a good position now, we want to go through to the next round.

"The atmosphere tonight was unbelievable. Really great and I want to say thank you to everyone that was involved. That was Liverpool how I knew it before I came here."

'It's not over'

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was not too bad to be honest! We were really good from the first second, everything was there but we could have scored more. That sounds crazy I know but we had the chances. In the end, 2-0, if you said this before the game of course I take it. But it's not over, we go to Manchester but it's the best thing we could do.

"It was a great atmosphere, I am so pleased for all of the people who have had harder times with us this season. Tonight was the first part of paying them back.

"We gave them no time in any situation. I'm really pleased for Joe Allen, he has not been playing and I don't like this but he showed how strong he is."

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Chris Byland: LVG should probably read about the history between United and Liverpool before he goes round praising them and their fans...

Nikhil Jadva: Was LVG watching the same match as everyone else? Fellaini was absolutely appalling.

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"The fairytale has gone," say Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport as the pundits continue to digest that Manchester United performance. 

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Lewis Cameron: some players make others around them better. Fellaini makes everyone else worse. United so much better with younger players.

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More from Paul Scholes on BT Sport: "Manchester United have spent £300m and they are sixth in the league, they have ended up in the Europa League. They should be competing with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

"Manchester United didn't need a new philosophy. They had one for 20 years which worked."

Louis van Gaal praising the Anfield atmosphere - dangerous ground for a Manchester United manager!

'The atmosphere was fantastic'

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "I have to say that Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic. They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic. But we had a cheap penalty and in the second half we changed the shape. We had much more contribution to the game but we didn't create enough.

"They scored another cheap goal, he was offside, and that is difficult. Losing 2-0 is a difficult result for us but we have to create an atmosphere like that next week.

"Liverpool deserved it. I haven't seen [the incident with Marouane Fellaini] but I have to say that Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch." 

A new low?

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When I saw Fellaini in the starting line up, I just let the missus put on the only way is Essex.

From Jon in Swanley

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I mentioned it earlier on but I wonder if Michael Carrick will be sent out to face the cameras. He seems to be the party man for these events...

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When Gary Neville gets round to reading about how Manchester United got on at Liverpool tonight he'll have already digested one away defeat - his Valencia side were beaten 1-0 by fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. 

Villarreal (the fourth Spanish team in the competition) beat Germans Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at home, while Sparta Prague led Lazio but were pegged back to 1-1. 

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'The fans were electric'

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: "The fans were brilliant, electric. That gave us a great boost. De Gea made some good saves, we created a lot of chances and we felt we could be two or three up."

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Adam, Mansfield: Given their last two results and next three fixtures, when was the last time Man Utd lost five games on the trot?

West Ham in the FA Cup at home, Liverpool at home (Europa League again) and Manchester City away in the league up next for Louis van Gaal's side.. 

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The Manchester United fans are still all in their seats at Anfield. There's an ill mood brewing - and that's just in the TV studio.

'Shambolic...'

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Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand says on BT Sport that Liverpool overran United throughout and says that the home side 'played like United used to.'

"It was shambolic. So bad," says Paul Scholes.

I'd like to play Scholesy at poker. He can't keep his feelings in. Absolutely fuming...

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Gideon Marcel: The only thing #Van Gaal has which David Moyes lacked is a note pad.

Mr Lamide: Waiting for Van Gaal to analyze how we only gave few chances away and how Liverpool scored with their only shots on target.

EPM: Hope we don't rue those missed chances,good performance Liverpool. Fancy us to score at OT kudos to De Gea world class #BBCFootball

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The second leg is next Thursday, by the way, so not long to wait. In between Manchester United face West Ham in the FA Cup.

A key few days in their season?

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The TV replays have just shown an incident that I - and the officials - missed just before full-time. It looked like Marouane Fellaini deliberately swung an elbow into the face of Emre Can. More trouble to come?

'No clue'

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes on BT Sport: "Liverpool had a way of playing. United - I didn't have a clue what they were trying to do."

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Kevin Kilbane

Ex-Everton and Republic of Ireland winger at Anfield for Radio 5 live

"This is a huge game to win, and Liverpool deserved this victory. Two-nil and could it have been more? I would say so. The home side dominated much of the game and created far the better chances."

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James Carter: Absolute shambles! I have defended LVG for so long but it gets worse and I see no light as we're left in everyone's shadow

MakSteel: How will LvG survive this. We have no lower league opposition left to play to save his job.

Paul Humphreys: Pathetic showing. I cant even remember having a chance. Well deserved loss and could have been worse

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Jurgen Klopp enjoyed that, it's fair to assume! His radiant smile beams down from on high as he struts onto the pitch to engage with his players one by one. The away end are locked in angry chants - not sure if they are aimed at their own or their rivals though.

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FULL-TIME

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Liverpool win the first European meeting of these two giants. And bar a 10-minute spell after half-time it was easy...

Elsewhere in Europe

Unless they can muster something in the final few minutes, Gary Neville's Valencia is on course for a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, Raul Garcia's strike is the difference.

Meanwhile, Cedric Bakambu's two goals has Villarreal in control at home to Bayer Leverkusen while it is currently 1-1 between Sparta Prague and Lazio.

It's the hope that kills you

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James Foster: Seeing Van Gaal win 5-1 with Holland against Spain really gave me a lot of false hope that didn't last as long as I wanted

Charlie Fox: Carrick at centre half Martial at left wing Fellaini your creative hub in midfield. Something wrong in all this surely

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The Michael Carrick centre-half experiment may be short-lived. He's toasted for pace by Divock Origi and has to stretch to clear out for a corner. Looks like ending at 2-0 though... 

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

"Red smoke is swirling around Anfield and The Kop is in full cry as Liverpool continue to over-run Manchester United.

"United have been so thoroughly dominated that we are coming up to the last 10 minutes and they have to create a real chance."

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That's what he's there for! Bastian Schweinsteiger has room to swing in a cross and it's a good one, Marouane Fellaini beats Dejan Lovren easily and flicks his header wide.

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Roberto Firmino, who looks more like a player every week, comes off to a huge ovation at Anfield. Divock Origi is on in his place. PACE. 

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Nathan: Just when you think Van Gaal is improving tonight happens...

Peter: De Gea didn't deserve that. Terrible defending by Carrick and I cannot see United score three.

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Adam Lallana has had a very good game tonight as he skips away from another challenge in the centre circle for Liverpool. United are nowhere near out of this tie of course, and an away goal in the last 10 minutes could even make them favourites.

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Double change. Ander Herrera replaces Juan Mata, Bastian Schweinsteiger on for Morgan Schneiderlin.

The horse has bolted lads. It's away over the field, wearing a red shirt and carrying a two-goal lead...

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The Kop is bouncing now as Liverpool and their fans sniff a third. They could end the tie tonight...

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Liverpool deserve that second goal, they have been the better side throughout bar a strong 10 minutes after half time. Somebody has let off a red smoke bomb as the atmosphere at Anfield dials up a notch. United ready Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. A man for a big occasion.

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Kevin Kilbane

Ex-Everton and Republic of Ireland winger at Anfield for Radio 5 live

"That is such a big goal. Michael Carrick with a really poor clearance and Roberto Firmino just has a simple tap-in. Very poor defensively. There was nobody near Carrick but he mistimed his clearance, straight to Adam Lallana."

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GOAL - Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

Roberto Firmino

Michael Carrick. Lovely man, great spokesman, treasured and experienced midfielder. He's had a huge career.

But he's not a centre-back. And he shows it with some woeful defending as Liverpool grab a second.

Jordan Henderson crosses from the right, Carrick should just clear his lines but he tries to volley a tricky pass to a team-mate. He ends up cushioning it to Adam Lallana, and then compounds his error by chasing the ball and being out of position. Lallana finds Roberto Firmino, and he scores.

Big goal!

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Liverpool win a free-kick in a dangerous spot but Philippe Coutinho slips as he strikes the ball and it pings wide. Adam Lallana then pulls out the Zidane 'round-the-world' trick and it ends up with a corner. Liverpool now well back on top. 

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Kevin Kilbane

Ex-Everton and Republic of Ireland winger at Anfield for Radio 5 live

"Jordan Henderson tried to open his foot out and guide the ball into the top corner. On target and David de Gea would not have been getting there... 

"Liverpool look so good when they don't dominate possession - they are excellent on the counter attack."

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John Smith: Liverpool see the goal they shoot. Man U see it, they pass back.

CLOSE!

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Liverpool now have their foot back on the accelerator and have a good chance. Adam Lallana spins in behind his marker, cuts it back to Jordan Henderson striding on to the ball on the edge of the box, side-foot, first time - just wide! 

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What a strike that is! Nathaniel Clyne winds up from a good 25 yards out, wide on the right, and clatters a lovely hit, clean as you like and David de Gea has to punch that one away from danger! The TV cameras pick out Kenny Dalglish and then Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands. Royalty. 

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Paul Gourley: Just another sign of negative tactics of Klopp, lucky penalty and it's been 10 men behind ball entire game.

Aadz: Fellaini will be seeing red soon! LvG do the necessary before your hand is forced!

Rich Oylott: Oh. Martial is playing! 

Elsewhere in Europe

Villarreal are now 2-0 up at home to Bayer Leverkusen - is there any chance of Javier Hernandez turning the tie in the Germans' favour though?

Gary Neville's Valencia are still 1-0 down at fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, while Sparta Prague and Lazio are locked in at 1-1 in the Czech Republic.

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Daniel Sturridge hasn't seen much of the ball in the second half and he is hooked as Jurgen Klopp reacts to United's change of shape. On comes Joe Allen, with Sturridge predictably and understandably miffed as he takes his seat. 

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

"Signs of Manchester United twitching into life - but they are still relying so heavily on the magnificent goalkeeping of David de Gea.

"Liverpool still look dangerous and for the slight improvement in United, they have yet to create any chance of substance. It's been a miserable night for them so far."

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Break, chance for Memphis Depay to burn some rubber and get United up the pitch but Alberto Moreno shows superb pace to get back and make the challenge.

Then the Dutchman does find a cute pass through but Anthony Martial can't gather it in.

YELLOW CARD

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Silly, rash challenge from Marouane Fellaini on the deadball line and he goes into the book. Half an hour to go in the first leg. 

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Kevin Kilbane

Ex-Everton and Republic of Ireland winger at Anfield for Radio 5 live

"With their extra centre-half Manchester United can keep the ball better across the back now, and Louis van Gaal's side are coming right back into the game. 

"This is a quality cup match." 

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Ricology: As usual Liverpool didn't capitalize on their first-half dominance and will settle for a draw or a narrow win...

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This has been as good as you get on a Thursday night. Compelling viewing, with Act II to come next week back down the East Lancs road.

For the whole of the first half it looked like Liverpool were destined to open up a comfortable lead but now United look a far better side. 

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Kevin Kilbane

Ex-Everton and Republic of Ireland winger at Anfield for Radio 5 live

"Jurgen Klopp is getting more animated on the sidelines as Manchester United come into the game - but that's also creating more space for Liverpool to take advantage of. Great movement from Philippe Coutinho to create room for that shot, brilliantly saved by David de Gea."

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