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Liverpool v Man U Match

Liverpool v Manu FAN REACTION

Louis van Gaal was delighted after Manchester United edged to victory over 10-man Liverpool.

Juan Mata scored in the 14th minute and again scoring and  overhead kick to extend United’s lead, and although Daniel Sturridge halved the deficit, Man U held on for the win which moved Van Gaal’s men five points clear of the Reds.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win, Van Gaal said:

“It’s an amazing result for the fans, because we’ve beaten Liverpool three times this season. We now have a gap from positions five, six and seven which is very important.”

Brendan Rodgers refused to criticise Steven Gerrard and believed his captain deserved credit for apologising to his fellow players, his manager and his supporters.

Gerrard said:

“I let my team-mates and the supporters down today and take responsibility for my actions. I’ve been in the game long enough.”
Asked what caused him to react that way, he said: “I don’t know. Probably just a reaction to the initial tackle.
 “I don’t really think I should say too much more on it other than to apologise to everyone in the dressing room. I take full responsibility.”

Gerrard, who came on as a half-time substitute, was dismissed after 38 seconds for stamping on United midfielder Ander Herrera.

Brendan Rodgers went on to say:

“He is a big-game player, a big-impact player. Unfortunately he got sent off. It was purely wanting to make an impact. He has made his apologies. Of course in a big game you suffer when you play with 10 men against 11
”.

“He is a highly competitive player. He made a great challenge on Juan Mata when he came on. It was probably our first challenge of the game. I won’t criticise him. He has been brilliant since I came here.”

Rodgers does not believe centre-back Martin Skrtel should face retrospective action and a possible ban for an injury-time challenge on United goalkeeper David de Gea

He said:

 “He is trying to get the ball. You see his foot up, that is a symbol when a player is just trying to get his toe on the ball because if he does that and the keeper brings him down, it is probably a penalty.”

The result leaves Liverpool five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with eight games to go. But even though their next match is away at the Emirates Stadium, Rodgers remained adamant his side can still finish in the top four.

He added: “It is a big challenge. But when I looked at the 10 games that were remaining, it was always going to be difficult to win all 10. We built-in a loss and some draws. We hoped to win this game against a rival but it is still very much possible.
“There are five points between us and them [United]. We need to recover and use this as a springboard as we did when we last played them. We are more than capable of winning the next game.”

Rodgers praised his team for their efforts with 10 men after Gerrard’s departure, when Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back for Liverpool.

He said: “In the second half, the players showed why we have been on the run with the character and the resilience. We were still in it right to the end. They take great credit from that. The first half cost us more than the second.”

Liverpool’s 12th Man view on the match

The Ref should have given himself a red card today… When are the FA going to hold these Sociopath refs to account.

The Fuzzy headed Belgium (Fellaini) should have been sent off in the first half 4 times he kick punched and battered Liverpool players and not one card what so ever was given. If you are a ref you should have the same rule for all players. and lets not forget Jones tackle on Henderson.

Steven Gerrard was given a red for a follow through, then scouser in the wig ( Rooney)  should have been sent packing as well for the follow through on our keeper.

Never mind, still a few games left and the chance of 4th is still possible…YNWA ..

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