Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to inspire a Liverpool victory over Manchester United that takes them back to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool needed the win after Manchester City beat Everton on Saturday – and it was substitute Shaqiri’s rapid-fire double strike in the second half that gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the three points they fully deserved.

Sadio Mane’s 24th-minute volley from Fabinho’s perfect delivery gave Liverpool the lead their lightning start merited, only for a dreadful error by goalkeeper Alisson to give United an unlikely lifeline before the break when he fumbled Romelu Lukaku’s cross into the path of Jesse Lingard.

United barely offered an attacking threat but were frustrating Liverpool until Klopp introduced Shaqiri with less than 20 minutes remaining, with devastating effect.

There was an element of good fortune about both goals, one deflected in from close range and the other off Eric Bailly to beat keeper David de Gea – but one cannot begrudge Liverpool their victory against this desperately ordinary United side.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 2Clyne
  • 6Lovren
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 10ManéSubstituted forHendersonat 84′minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 3Fabinho
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forShaqiriat 70′minutes
  • 9Roberto Firmino
  • 11Salah

Substitutes

  • 14Henderson
  • 15Sturridge
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 64Camacho

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 36Darmian
  • 3Bailly
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 18Young
  • 20DalotBooked at 26minsSubstituted forFellainiat 45′minutes
  • 21HerreraSubstituted forMartialat 79′minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 10Rashford
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMataat 85′minutes
  • 9LukakuBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 6Pogba
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 22Romero
  • 25A Valencia
  • 27Fellaini
Referee:
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home36
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 3, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Manchester United 1.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Jesse Lingard.

Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Young following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Sadio Mané.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dangerous play by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Manchester United 1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Ander Herrera.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Manchester United 1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Naby Keita.

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Offside, Manchester United. Ander Herrera tries a through ball, but Ashley Young is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Naby Keita.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marouane Fellaini.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

goal

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