Lallana rescues point for lacklustre Liverpool amid VAR controversy

Date published: Sunday 20th October 2019 6:24

Adam Lallana rescued a point late on for a lacklustre Liverpool, after a controversial Marcus Rashford opener had given Manchester United the lead, as it ended 1-1 at Old Trafford.

Manchester United were by far the better team in the first period with Liverpool looking sloppy in possession and failing to deal with the host’s high press and energy.

Marcus Rashford gave United a deserved lead 10 minutes before half time as he lost his marker – Joel Matip – brilliantly in the area to convert Daniel James’ pinpoint cross.

Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool players complained that the goal should not have stood as they were convinced Divock Origi had been fouled on halfway in the build-up, but VAR didn’t intervene.

Klopp’s mood didn’t improve on the stroke of half-time as Sadio Mane then had a goal disallowed as VAR ruled the Senegalese to have controlled the ball with his arm before slotting it past De Gea.

The game continued in a similar vein in the second half despite a change of shape for Liverpool.

The visitors dominated possession but United still looked the more dangerous team, with Rashford causing Matip and Virgil van Dijk all sorts of problems on the break.

Second half subsitute Adam Lallana then levelled the scores for Liverpool in the 85th minute after he tapped in a tame Andrew Robertson cross.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly snatched all three points for the visitors but his fierce drive went just wide of the post.

More to follow…

 

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