A Wayne Rooney's late strike that came from a corner kick saw the England striker send in a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal to settle a scrappy encounter that gave Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal a vital victory at Liverpool.
In a game that was a pale shadow of previous meetings between these two Premier League superpowers, Liverpool had the better chances and even ended the game as the better of the two sides with ball possession at 53% to United’s 47%.
It also saw the away team’s David de Gea keeping his side in it with fine saves from Adam Lallana and Emre Can to take the man of the match honour.
Jurgen Klopp's side would be counting their woefulness at goal and have some nightmares over how they allowed Rooney fire United's first shot on target high past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet after Marouane Fellaini's header came back off the bar in the 78 minute.
The goal was his (Rooney’s) 176, meaning, he has overtaken Arsenal's Thierry Henry’s 175 as the scorer of the most goals for a single club in Premier League history.
For Liverpool, they can aptly be called brave men when it comes to winning matches at Anfield, but when Arsenal and Manchester United came knocking at the door, they dipped their tails deep in between their legs out of fear and picked only a point from a possible six points. They came into this game having held Arsenal to a 3-3 stalemate.
The results gives Van Gaal a respite as his position had been under scrutiny after only two wins in United's previous 11 games. For now, the Anfield victory is the perfect tonic and his team are now in fifth, just two points off the Champions League places.
Teams Line Up, Subs and Bookings
22 Mignolet, 02 Clyne, 04 K Touré (Benteke - 81' ), 17 Sakho, 18 Moreno, 14 Henderson, 21 Lucas, 23 Can, 07 Milner (Caulker - 90' ), 11 Firmino, 20 Lallana (Ibe - 76' )
09 Benteke, 19 Caulker, 24 Allen, 33 Ibe, 44 Smith, 52 Ward, 53 J. Teixeira
01 de Gea, 18 Young (Borthwick-Jackson - 42’), 12 Smalling Booked, 17 Blind, 36 Darmian, 28 Schneiderlin, 27 Fellaini Booked, 35 Lingard (Mata - 66' ), 21 Herrera (Depay - 72' ), 09 Martial, 10 Rooney
07 Depay, 08 Mata, 20 Romero, 30 Varela, 33 McNair, 43 Borthwick-Jackson, 44 Pereira
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League after a goalless draw at Stoke City. The Gunners missed the services of Mesut Ozil, who was injured.
Arsenal by this result, are tied at 44 points to top the table with Leicester.