Unfitting tribute to the 96 as Liverpool’s nightmare continues

As a United fan, am happy that the Red Devils won to stay in touch with Chelsea, but to be honest, Liverpool deserved to win this match and pay a fitting tribute to their 96 fans who lost their lives in 1989, such was their dominance throughout this match today even when they went down to 10 men after the 39th minute following Shelvey’s red card. United were abysmal in possession, outplayed in almost every part of the field, but still managed the win following a rather controversial penalty in my opinion which led to the winner.

Still, the attempt to end the fierce rivalry between the two must have been on the right track, as both teams wore tracksuit jackets with the number 96 at the back, and sworn enemies Evra and Suarez even shook hands, with Giggs and Gerrard releasing 96 balloons, while Sir Bobby presented a bouquet to Ian Rush before kick off in honor of the victims of 1989. Let’s hope the rivalry decreases between the two clubs…

Liverpool, down to 10 men since the 39th minute, took the lead just after half-time, as pressure from them led to Scholes mis-clearing the ball and it ended up with Gerrard to control and volley home the opener on the 46th minute, a goal he dedicated to his lost cousin who died in that same tragedy in 1989. But United somehow conjured up and equalizer on the 51st minute, as Kagawa provided a pass to Rafael, and the latter curled in a beautiful shot with his left foot to beat Reina, with the help of the post. But Liverpool were not done, as first Suarez tested Lindegaard with a shot which looked destined for the net until the latter dived full-length to palm it out, then he had to keep out Suso’s attempt. However the fatal moment intervened on the 81st minute, as Valencia raced forward with the ball, and Johnson, while backtracking, appeared to slightly push the former, but only just, and it resulted in a penalty for the Red Devils. Van Persie stepped up for it, and despite the delay which preceded due to Agger receiving treatment, he made no mistake this time, but Reina would curse himself for not getting a solid touch on it to keep it out. Liverpool desperately tried to get back and equalize but in the end had to bow down with the defeat as United held on for a win, their first on Anfield after nearly 5 years now since they beat the Reds there.