Liverpool lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday as Marcus Rashford scored twice for United in the first half. An Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool hope but it wasn’t to be for Jurgen Klopp’s side who lost 2-1.
Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the side that secured progression to the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto, with Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold back in the back four, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah returned to the starting eleven.
Rashford scored a first-half brace to boost United’s hopes of finishing second to runaway leaders Manchester City.
An own goal from Eric Bailly gave Liverpool hope during an improved second-half display, but the Manchester club held on for a crucial victory.
The hosts took the lead via David de Gea’s goal-kick, which was flicked on to Rashford by Lukaku. The England international chopped inside of Alexander-Arnold and fired inside the far post.
Van Dijk wasted a big chance to equalise in the 23rd minute, his shoulder rather than head connecting with a corner from James Milner, as he missed the target from inside the six-yard box.
United doubled their advantage just 62 seconds later, again from a long pass from deep.
Van Dijk’s challenge on Juan Mata inadvertently sent the ball to Rashford, who guided it beyond Loris Karius with the help of a deflection from Alexander-Arnold, who had a tough game against his English counterpart.
United almost made it 3-0 when Alexis Sanchez picked out the unmarked Mata in the middle of the penalty box before half-time, however the Spain international sent his overhead kick wide.
Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart and saw two penalty claims for Ashley Young’s foul on Salah and a handball by Antonio Valencia turned down by referee Craig Pawson.
However in the 66th minute, Sadio Mane beat Scott McTominay down the left side and sent in a cross that Bailly approached with the wrong foot and sent into his own net.
With 20 minutes remaining, Mourinho replaced Rashford with Marouane Fellaini to add an extra body in midfield and the Belgium international was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he sent Mane to ground.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Dominic Solanke came on for Liverpool as they fought to equalise, but Salah sliced a wild volley over in the sixth minute of stoppage time as United held on for a third successive league win.