Liverpool Salvage 1-1 Draw vs. Manchester United After Adam Lallana's Late Goal

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Adam Lallana of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United put an end to Liverpool's perfect start to the Premier League season as they held the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.  

Marcus Rashford controversially opened the scoring after 36 minutes. The striker's goal was upheld by the video assistant referee despite a possible foul on Divock Origi by Victor Lindelof in the build-up.

Substitute Adam Lallana equalised for the visitors with five minutes of normal time remaining.

The draw brought an end to Liverpool's 17-match winning streak in England's top flight, but United are without a win in any competition since September 19 and in the Premier League since September 14, having won just twice in England's top flight this season.

United enjoyed a positive start as they pressed Liverpool high up the pitch, but the quality of their play did not match their intensity and they struggled to threaten Liverpool's goal.

Andreas Pereira wasted a promising chance when he dragged a shot wide instead of playing in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Rashford's final ball was also lacking on more than one occasion.

Liverpool began to impose themselves more on the contest as the half wore on, but they didn't particularly test David De Gea.

Roberto Firmino in particular should have done better when he hit a tame shot straight at De Gea, after the Reds launched a counter-attack.

A rapid counter then led to United's opener, when Rashford converted a Daniel James cross from close range:

The Athletic's James Pearce and Laurie Whitwell disagreed on whether the goal should have stood:

It was clear which side of the argument Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stood on:

Liverpool thought they'd equalised before the break when Mane latched onto a long ball and wriggled past Victor Lindelof before firing past De Gea, but it was disallowed for a handball in the build-up:

Chances were few and far between for both sides after the break.

Rashford came the closest when he fired wide from another United counter-attack, while Fred failed to trouble Alisson after he found himself in a shooting position on a couple of occasions.

Liverpool, having created little of note, finally pulled level in the 85th minute when a cross from Andy Robertson ran through to Lallana at the back post and he kept his cool to sidefoot home.

                        

What's Next?

United travel to Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, a day after Liverpool head to Genk in the UEFA Champions League.

In the Premier League, United are away at Norwich City next Sunday while Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur.

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