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Liverpool's top four hopes are now in tatters after Man Utd defeat

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Following their 2-1 loss at home to Manchester United, could Liverpool's top four hopes for this season be a case of gone in 60 seconds? or should I say gone in 45 seconds? that's how long Gerrard was on the pitch for before he was dismissed for a stamp on United's Ander Herrera.

Going into the match Liverpool were sitting in fifth position just two points behind their rivals. Come the end of the 90 minutes and Liverpool found themselves five points adrift of the Red Devils.

Finish

The match started off well for United who dominated the majority of the first half, and it took just 14 minutes for United to open the scoring through Juan Mata. Ander Herrera threaded through a brilliant ball to split open the Liverpool defence allowing Mata to apply a great finish on his weaker right side.

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The Red Devils took a convincing 1-0 lead into the main break, dominating the reds in most areas.

Sending off

Gerrard entered the field of play at the start of the second half but was shown a straight red card 40 seconds later for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

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Gerrard was attempting to rev up the crowd in a bid for Liverpool to gain some momentum, but the Liverpool legend, fan favourite and long term skipper took it to far going from hero to villain.

13 minutes after Kop favourite Gerrard was sent off, Van Gaal's substitute Angel Di Maria chipped a delightful pass into the box for Juan Mata who took the chance remarkably, scoring an incredible scissor kick goal.

Goals

Despite Liverpool being a man short and two goals done, they weren't exactly done and dusted, in the 69th minute Daniel Sturridge turned the match into a contest firing past David De Gea's near post to make the game 2-1.

Manchester United went on to control the majority of the final 20 minutes and were awarded a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time.

Rooney took responsibility but saw his penalty saved by Simon Mignolet, despite this Liverpool were still unable to gain anything out of the match. Liverpool's hopes of top four took a major hit, but the top four race is far from over.

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Juan Mata
Simon Mignolet
Wayne Rooney
Steven Gerrard
David de Gea
Manchester United
Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge
England Football
Ander Herrera

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