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Clyne and Lallana were excellent against United.

Liverpool's three standout performers vs Manchester United in Europa League

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Much has been made about how poorly Manchester United played during their 2-0 Europa League defeat at Anfield on Thursday night - but what about Liverpool's impressive display?

The Reds outplayed, outclassed and outright embarrassed their rivals, exposing and taking advantage of the Red Devils' many flaws.

The vital victory was a credit to Liverpool's players, who were dominant and energetic throughout the affair, with three players deserving of special mentions for their contributions.

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ROBERTO FIRMINO

Firmino is certainly one to watch on Merseyside. The Brazilian's creativity and work rate came to the fore against United, playing a delightful through ball that lead to Nathaniel Clyne winning a penalty and scoring his side's second goal with a nice finish during the second half.

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It was yet another in a string of fine performances from the 24-year-old, who has even been compared to Luis Suarez by Thierry Henry in recent times.

NATHANIEL CLYNE

Bombing up and down the right flank all night, adding pace to Liverpool's attack and fulfilling his defensive duties - Clyne was spectacular against Louis van Gaal's side.

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The right-back provided a constant outlet going forward, so much so that he won the penalty which gave the Reds the lead.

Strong in the tackle and composed in possession, Clyne has been a solid £12.5 million signing at Anfield.

ADAM LALLANA

If it's one thing Lallana can never be criticised for, it's his worth ethic. Despite coming up against a taller and stronger opponent in Marouane Fellaini, the England international held his own and got the better of the Belgian throughout a pulsating clash.

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An assist for Firmino's goal capped off an excellent performance, showing great control, skill and distribution throughout. He's finally beginning to justify his £25 million transfer fee.

Liverpool fans: who was your man of the match against United? Let us know in the comments section below!

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