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Liverpool struggles at Old Trafford, breaking their winning streak
Liverpool had so much to play for at Old Trafford today in their matchup against Manchester United.
The Reds entered the match with a 17-match win streak in the Premier League and looked to break Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive. Prem wins that was set in the 2017-18 season… but their winning streak has come to an end.
Reds Captain Jordan Henderson said in the post-game interview, when you can’t win-- don’t lose. So they drew 1-1...not the result that Reds fans were expecting.
Adam Lallana replaced Jordan Henderson in the 71st minute of the game, which led to the equalizing goal that he slotted in past United’s David De Gea. This was a massive moment for Lallana’s career, scoring a goal like this when it was most needed.
What is it about Old Trafford that leaves Liverpool winless?
The ref’s calls definitely didn’t help either. Many fouls on The Reds weren’t called and one of the most controversial of this game was the foul during the build-up of Marcus Rashford’s stunning goal several minutes before halftime.
United’s thriving young forward knocked it right past Liverpool’s keeper and FIFA’s Best Men’s Goalie, Alisson Becker, who made his big return after getting injured in the beginning of the season.
Sadio Mane also scored right before halftime but VAR disallowed the goal due to it being a handball. This caused Reds Manager Jurgen Klopp agitation which led to much complaints within the coach’s box on the sidelines.
Altogether, the first half was poorly played by the Reds, and United was clearly the more dominant team on the attacking level. It surely didn’t help that Liverpool didn’t have one of their key players, Mohamed Salah, due to his ankle injury. The Egyptian star acquired it against Leicester City before international break from a dreadful tackle by Hamza Choudhury.
Second half, Liverpool played much more aggressively, especially towards the end.
Marcus Rashford played one of his best games for his club, and that will not go unnoticed. The young lad played vibrantly. But Liverpool definitely need to learn from certain mistakes in the game, despite the ref’s poor calls as well.
Liverpool is still six points clear at the top of the Prem standings with 25 points, while United sits at 13th place with 10 points.