The result confirms the change of tides between the two sides and cemented Liverpool’s place in the title race.
From start to finish, Liverpool were in control of the game—Brendan Rodgers’ decision to play Raheem Sterling in a central role, forming a midfield diamond, meaning Liverpool kept a solid shape that their opponents could not undo.
It could have been more for Liverpool, too, had it not been for Gerrard missing the third penalty of the afternoon, and Mark Clattenburg being reluctant to give a fourth when Sturridge was brought down by Michael Carrick late on.
It’s heroics like that which could win Liverpool the title.
Liverpool were collected throughout, and whilst the belief that they can go on and win the title this season is instilled in the players, a composed mentality of taking every game as it comes is clearly an important message from Rodgers to his players.
Their opponents were very poor but take nothing away from Liverpool—going to Old Trafford and pulling off such a convincing victory in a high-pressure environment was always going to be a difficult challenge.
It’s Liverpool’s mental strength that is pulling them to victory after victory—and what could ultimately be what gives them the edge over their title rivals come May.
There is a collectiveness to Liverpool’s play, a fight, determination and wonderful team spirit and makes the team play as a unit, keeping Man United at bay on Sunday.
Liverpool have shown they have the credentials to win the Premier League this season. It’s theirs if they want it enough.
Now Rodgers and his players must take every game as it comes, starting with next Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.
Every game is a cup final and crucial to Liverpool’s run in but a sense of calm needs to be maintained as any team is capable to beating another and upsetting the form guide in the Premier League.
Nine games to go. Make us dream.
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