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Man Utd 2 – 2 Liverpool: match report

Salah salvages point for title-chasing Liverpool at Old Trafford

Man Utd 2 – 2 Liverpool: match report

In a thrilling match at Old Trafford, Manchester United and Liverpool ended in a 2-2 deadlock, with Liverpool failing to return to the top of the Premier League.

After initially struggling to find their rhythm, Liverpool seized control and scored the opening goal when an unmarked Luis Diaz converted from a Darwin Nunez’s assist.

Following this breakthrough, Klopp’s Liverpool displayed a masterclass in domination, launching 15 shots on United’s goal before the break with Salah, Nunez, and Conor Bradley missing key chances to increase their lead. Klopp’s frustration mounted as his team couldn’t capitalise on their dominance.

Liverpool’s inability to kill the game off in the first half proved costly early in the second, as a misplaced pass from Quansah was seized upon by Bruno Fernandes, who executed a long-range shot from 40 yards, catching Caoimhin Kelleher off his line.

The match’s momentum shifted significantly after that equaliser, with Garnacho seeing a deflected shot fly over and Marcus Rashford forcing a save from Kelleher. Liverpool, in control for so much of the match, suddenly saw their title chances buckle.

Despite this, Klopp’s side had a chance to restore their lead on a counterattack, but Nunez missed a glorious opportunity.

In the 67th minute, Kobbie Mainoo’s impressive turn and curling shot from inside the box put United ahead. It was a sobering reminder to Liverpool of the all chances they had missed.

Klopp, visibly frustrated on the touchline, made tactical substitutions taking off Nunez and Endo and bringing on Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott.

Not for the first time this season, Elliott soon made an impact winning a penalty following a foul by Wan-Bissaka, which was converted by Mo Salah, levelling the score with just six minutes left on the clock.

Liverpool’s failure to make the most of their opportunities means they’ve now lost some control putting a dent in their title aspirations. They could have restored a two-point lead at the top with a win. Instead, Klopp’s Reds find themselves in second, level on points with Arsenal but behind on goal ­difference, and one ahead of City.

All three now have seven games left in a pulsating title race.

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