Liverpool chalks 2-0 win over Manchester United in Europa League

Liverpool chalks 2-0 win over Manchester United in Europa League

- Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 on Thursday

- Daniel Sturridge and Firmino scored for Liverpool

- A confused Louis Van Gaal brough on Carrick who made matters worse for Manchester United

- The two teams will go at each other in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 17

Liverpool chalks 2-0 win over Manchester United in Europa League

Firmino (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates after doubling their lead - in what could prove crucial come the second leg

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scored in the club’s impressive 2-0 stunning of their English rivals, Manchester United in the first leg last-16 clash at Anfield on Thursday.

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It was a huge statement by Liverpool that is meant to serve three purposes; that Daniel Sturridge when up on his feet, carries Liverpool along, that a title in Europe could be in sight and that they could have some bragging rights for some time, which the club needs.

It was a class performance that exposed Manchester United trainer Louis Vaan Gaal who made the nite look as though Klopp won the battle of the coaches.

Liverpool chalks 2-0 win over Manchester United in Europa League

Klopp savours the victory by his team

United’s players were simply ran over by Liverpool and their bench got confused the more when they brought on Michael Carrick at half-time.

He ended up making the mistake for the vital second goal. He applied a poor touch to Jordan Henderson’s cross which made Adam Lallana sent it back to Firmino for the Brazilian to finish off.

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Daniel Sturridge had fired Liverpool ahead on 20 minutes from the penalty spot after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down.

Another error by Van Gaal was that he thought Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin could calm the high running Liverpool down. Liverpool were livelier, hungrier, often angrier.

Van Gaal confirmed it when he said: We didn't cope with the high pressure of Liverpool.

The bitter EPL rivals will meet for the Europa League second leg at Old Trafford on March 17.

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