REPORT | Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Lallana comes up with goods to snatch point amid VAR controversy

Liverpool fought back after a contentious VAR decision to rescue a point at Old Trafford, drawing 1-1 against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s embattled Manchester United side.

Jürgen Klopp made four changes from the side that triumphed over Leicester before the international break. Joël Matip and Jordan Henderson returned to the lineup, with Divock Origi coming in to replace the injured Mohamed Salah. Despite the injury news, the Reds got a big boost in their lineup as Alisson Becker made his first appearance in between the posts since August.

But it wasn’t enough to mark a record-equalling 18th straight victory in the Premier League as goals from Marcus Rashford and Adam Lallana saw both sides share the spoils.

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A hectic opening 10 minutes saw both sides have an equal share of the ball, however neither keeper was really tested as both defences held strong.

As the game continued Liverpool began to assert their dominance, racking up possession and penning United back into their own half. Unfortunately for the Reds, this spell didn’t bring any chances on goal and the match quickly swung back into United’s control.

The hosts piled on the pressure and eventually this paid off as they took the lead, albeit controversially.


Scott Mctominay picked up a lose ball before releasing Daniel James down the right. The Welsh international whipped in a ball across goal which allowed Marcus Rashford to sneak in behind Joel Matip and tap it into Alisson’s net. The Liverpool players along with their manager were livid however due to a clear foul on Divock Origi in the build up to United’s goal. The goal stood.

Liverpool seemed to react quickly and yet again VAR was at the heart of it after ruling out a Sadio Mané equaliser. The Senegalese winger held off Victor Lindelof and placed it past David De Gea. However, he was ruled to have used his hand to to help bring the ball under control and Liverpool went into the break 1-0 down.

Despite the correct decision being given with regards to Mané’s near equaliser, massive questions continued to be asked regarding VAR as a livid Klopp ran towards the dressing room to give a possible season defining half time team talk.

The second half started much like the first ended, Liverpool bossed the possession stats however they were yet unable to trouble de Gea.

As the clock crept towards the last 20 minutes the Reds remained frustrated as United’s defensive shape held strong.

Into the final 10 minutes and the Reds still remained unconvincing in their performance as Klopp’s men seemed a shell of their usual selves, unable to pass the ball and unable to carve out a chance against an increasingly defensive United formation.


Fortunately for the Reds their endless waves of pressure eventually broke the United back line as substitute Adam Lallana equalised for the Reds in the 85th minute.

A well worked passage of play found its way to Andy Robertson on the wing who drilled a low ball in across the face of goal. The cross bypassed a host of players in the box and fell to Lallana who was free to tap it in at the back post. 1-1.

After the equaliser The Reds pushed on for a winner late into the match as United tired and sunk further back into their own half.

Despite their pressure, the Reds couldn’t find a winner and had to settle for a hard earned point to keep their unbeaten start to the season going.

Matthew Ramirez

Podcast regular and match reporter. Gibraltarian of many opinions and defender of Jordan Henderson.

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