Chelsea were leading the way going into this weekend having played an extra game but with both Manchester United and Liverpool hot on their heels, Jose Mourinho will have been keeping a keen eye on this ‘clash of the titans’ at Anfield.
Liverpool leapt into action and Daniel Sturridge grabbed his third goal in three league games; Steven Gerrard’s floated corner was flicked on by Agger and Sturridge was in the right place at the right time to flick the ball between two United defenders to put Liverpool into the lead on his 24th birthday.
United responded well but Liverpool kept up their high tempo style of play, leaving the away side frustrated going into the half time break. The game threatened to boil over at that point with the already booked Robin Van Persie sharing some choice words with a number of the Liverpool players.
Manchester United came out stronger in what was a frantic and scrappy second half but couldn’t create many chances. Mignolet was required to make his first real save in the 76th minute, pushing away Nani’s shot.
The home team were strong in defence however and kept the Red Devils quiet for most of the game. The one good chance that United did have was wasted when Van Persie fired his shot wide after Hernandez had played the Dutchman through on goal.
In the end Liverpool held on to earn themselves the three points and go top of the table. It is the first time in over 15 years that The Reds have won their opening three games and they are looking like a good bet for the top four this year. Of course it is still early but this result could be decisive if these two end up near each other come the end of the season.
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