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Adam Lallana salvages a late point for Liverpool against arch-rivals Manchester United in what was a tightly contested affair. It ended 1-1 with the midfielder scoring in the 85th minute cancelling out a great Marcus Rashford opener.

A draw seemed unlikely ahead of the fixture with odds of it happening being 13/5 considering United’s poor form and Liverpool having a 100% win record.

United have suffered from an injury crisis and it did not stop before the game. Axel Tuanzabe was set to start in defence but the 21-year-old suffered an injury meaning Marcos Rojo had to step into the starting XI.

With this game being one of England’s biggest rivalries, both sides started cautiously in order to not give the opposing side an early advantage.

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Marcus Rashford answered his critics with a goal

The Red Devils started the match in better fashion with Andreas Pereira looking lively however the Brazillian made consistently poor choices in the final third costing his side from any great opportunities.

The tight affair came into life late in the first half thanks to a Roberto Firmino chance in the 35th minute. The Liverpool forward was played via a decent cut-back following a great run from teammate Sadio Mane. However, the striker could only manage to hit it straight at David de Gea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicked it into another gear a minute after and found the breakthrough. Marcus Rashford, who had only scored once in nine games in all competitions, met a great cross from Dan James to slot past Alisson.

The striker has been under a lot of scrutiny this season and was not expected to score with his odds of a goal being at 7/4 ahead of the game.

However, the goal did come with some controversy. Liverpool players were protesting that Divock Origi was fouled early in the build-up of the goal but VAR deemed it not worthy enough to overturn the goal.

The Reds used their anger as motivation to grab an equaliser before the break. They did manage to but only for a minute as the goal was overturned by VAR.

Sadio Mane brought the ball down in the box and slotted it past de Gea. However, replays showed it had the Senegalese international’s hand and thus, the goal was rightly overturned.

The second half was much like the first with Liverpool not creating any meaningful opportunities. This is even with much more ball possession but United were happy to sit back and protect their lead.

Rashford was looking great this game and had the first big chance of the second half. In a bid to add to his opener, he found himself in space from distance but his shot just crept past the post.

Fred had two decent efforts as well later in the half but neither side were able to create any glorious goalscoring chances.

With the Reds win record in doubt, manager Jurgen Klopp brought on Adam Lallana and Naby Keita to add a different dimension to their attack and it proved to be a masterstroke.

Keita played it to left-back Andy Robertson whose low cross missed every player in the box bar Lallana who tapped in from close range to give Liverpool a somewhat undeserved equaliser.

A late Oxlade-Chamberlain effort and a penalty shout could not give Liverpool the win as their miserable record at Old Trafford continues.

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