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Jamie Carragher praises Liverpool quartet after Manchester United clash

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Jamie Carragher praised four Liverpool players following his former side's comfortable victory over Manchester United in the Europa League Round of 16 first-leg clash at Anfield on Thursday night. 

Jurgen Klopp's side produced a fine display, beating their rivals by two goals to nil thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino. 

United, on the other hand, failed to get going on Merseyside and were fortunate to depart with only a two-goal deficit. 

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Unsurprisingly, then, a number of Liverpool players have been praised in the aftermath of the contest. 

Reds legend Carragher took to Twitter to reveal the players he was most impressed with. The legendary defender highlighted Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino as the club's standout performer, claiming that Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana weren't far behind him. 

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Brilliant Liverpool 

Firmino, of course, struck Liverpool's second goal of the evening and proved a constant threat throughout while the likes of Coutinho and Lallana linked up on several occasions in the final third of the pitch. 

Carragher also praised full-back Nathaniel Clyne, insisting that the England international is always a consistent performer. 

Carragher tweeted: "The outstanding Firmino the pick of the bunch with Coutinho & Lallana not far behind! A mention for Clyne always 7/10. Far from over."

But that's not the only tweet from Carragher that Liverpool fans will take pleasure in viewing. The Sky Sports pundit tweeted a picture of Klopp but was quick to remind people that it's only half-time. 

Return fixture 

But the Anfield faithful will head into next week's fixture in confident mood. United have it all to do in pursuit of redemption and it won't be easy for them to turn things around at Old Trafford. 

The Red Devils look a shadow of their former selves and it's surely unlikely that this side will be good enough to claim the victory.

One goal for Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams will give United a mountain to climb - they would have to score four goals - so Klopp will be well aware that an away goal would all but end the tie. 

Liverpool v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg

Before the Europa League clash, Van Gaal had a great record against the Reds, but even he will know that it will take something very special for his side to progress. The United boss must take the blame - his side are lacking in direction and are truly uninspiring.

A 3-0 victory over Liverpool next week could save him, but fans won't be getting their hopes up at this stage. 

Can Manchester United overcome Liverpool next week? Have your say below! 

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