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Premiership: Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was sent off 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute as Manchester United retained their grip on a top-four place with a vital win at Anfield.

Gerrard was introduced for Adam Lallana at the start of the second half with United deservedly leading through Juan Mata’s early goal – but was gone almost as quickly after following up a thunderous tackle on the goalscorer with a reckless reaction to a challenge with a clear stamp on Ander Herrera.

It was inexcusable behaviour from a player of Gerrard’s experience, having just been handed the responsibility by manager Brendan Rodgers of getting an underperforming Liverpool side back into the game.

Mata emphasised the folly of Gerrard’s red card when he added a second with a sensational volley just before the hour to confirm United’s superiority in a game that confirmed the impression that manager Louis van Gaal is now getting the sort of performances and results he demands.

Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back to give Liverpool hope of an unlikely comeback but the visitors were never seriously threatened again and could even afford the luxury of Wayne Rooney seeing an injury-time penalty saved by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

United built on last Sunday’s impressive 3-0 win against Tottenham to extend their lead to five points over Liverpool, who are a place behind in fifth.

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Premiership: Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Stand-in captain Jordan Henderson led from the front with his second goal in successive matches as Liverpool maintained their pursuit of a top-four place.

With third-placed Arsenal and Manchester United also winning, Brendan Rodgers’ side could not afford anything less than three points and a straightforward 2-0 victory over the Premier League strugglers was the achieved with the minimum of fuss.

Henderson, in possession of the armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard, back in training this week after a hamstring injury, slotted home just before the half-hour and Daniel Sturridge’s header just after the break sealed the result.

With Henderson, and the team, in this form the watching captain – who departs for Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer – must be wondering where he fits in.

Liverpool, the league’s only unbeaten side since the turn of the year, have not been defeated in the last 12 league games – picking up 30 points from a possible 36 having won seven of the last eight with six clean sheets.

Rodgers’ side are upwardly mobile and moved back into fifth place, which they had been ousted from by Southampton 24 hours earlier, remaining three points behind Arsenal and two behind United, who visit Anfield a week on Sunday.

Burnley, on the other hand, have just one win in the last 12 league matches and stay second-bottom three points from safety.

Just 24 seconds had elapsed when Sturridge brought a smart reaction save out of Tom Heaton low to his left after Raheem Sterling had cut the ball back

But if the hosts thought that was the beginning of the onslaught they were mistaken as Burnley recovered their composure quickly and set out their stall to harass and make things difficult.

They achieved that with plenty of endeavour but despite gaining the upper hand in the game, what they lacked was that touch of class.

Liverpool have that in spades in the form of Philippe Coutinho, who pulls the strings in the space between opposition defences and midfield, and he was soon demanding and receiving more of the ball.

The clever brain and quick feet of the diminutive Brazil international have always been a characteristic of his play but what he has added to his game with devastating effect is shooting power.

Two wonder goals in successive matches have given the 22-year-old the confidence to have a go and when he let fly from distance the shot rebounded off a crowd of defenders to Henderson who, having also found the net in Sunday’s win over Manchester City, rammed home from the edge of the area.

It was the first time in his senior career the 24-year-old had scored in consecutive matches.

Three minutes later Coutinho almost replicated his brilliant effort against City from a similar position but although he wrapped his right foot around the ball to impart plenty of spin the shot bent just around the far post.

It encapsulated the match as a whole. Liverpool, having spent £120million in the summer, had far more quality to call upon than Burnley, who make up for the difference in financial clout with committed players who carry out manager Sean Dyche’s game plan effectively.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton had to deny Sturridge three times in the first half alone: once from a direct shot, second time racing out to snatch the ball off striker’s toes when Emre Can’s deflected effort looped up off Michael Keane and then sticking out a leg to win a one-on-one with the England striker.

Burnley, for all their hard work and desire to go toe-to-toe with their opponents could not create half as much with Danny Ings, a reported target for Liverpool this summer, robbed by a perfect tackle from Martin Skrtel six yards out and Ashley Barnes heading at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet moments before the break.

Six minutes into the second half the Clarets were exposed again as Adam Lallana led the defence a merry dance with some nifty footwork to retain possession long enough for support to arrive in the form of Henderson, whose cross to the far post was nodded in by Sturridge.

Barnes volleyed wide to provide a reminder the Premier League strugglers were far from finished while Ings, as was the case for his team, came up just short in a race with Mignolet.

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FA Cup: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool exorcise Selhurst Park demons, reach FA Cup quarterfinals

Liverpool exorcised some demons at Selhurst Park by reaching the FA Cup quarterfinals with an impressive win against Crystal Palace.

Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to south London in Saturday’s late kick-off looking to avoid another horror show at the ground where last season’s title dreams went up in smoke before then suffering a 3-1 loss this term.

An early Fraizer Campbell goal had the Reds fearing another nightmare result, yet their dominance eventually told as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana goals secured a 2-1 comeback win.

Victory keeps alive the dream of Steven Gerrard ending his Liverpool career by holding the FA Cup aloft on his 35th birthday, although for a while it looked like Alan Pardew could be involved in another upset against the Merseyside giants.

The Palace manager’s extra-time winner secured the Eagles a famous win against the Reds in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final and he was celebrating again after 15 minutes, when a gaffe from Martin Skrtel allowed Campbell to slot home.

Dwight Gayle could have doubled that lead as half-time approached but that would have been harsh on Liverpool, who had 17 shots over the course of the opening period.

Furthermore, Palace debutant Pape Souare got away with a penalty after taking down Sturridge, who started the comeback four minutes after the break, finishing a fine team move with aplomb.

It was a fantastic volley from the England striker, whose international team-mate Lallana scored what proved to be the 58th minute decider – directing home after Julian Speroni failed to deal with a stinging Mario Balotelli free-kick.

Few could argue with the result as Liverpool impressed from the outset, with Sturridge directing a Lazar Markovic cross wide early on.

Rodgers’ side were looking decent but they were almost caught out when Joe Ledley sent a wonderful through ball to Gayle, only for Skrtel to cut out his threatening cross.

It was a timely interception by the Slovakian defender, who undid that good work in the 15th minute.

Skrtel’s attempted clearance from a high Ledley ball forwards ended going backwards after a slight nudge from Gayle. The forward chased the loose ball and forced Simon Mignolet into a save, only for the ball to fall kindly for Campbell to slot home.

It was a sucker punch but one Liverpool responded well to.

Speroni did fantastically to prevent Lallana drawing parity after a fine, intricate team move, before Philippe Coutinho tested the Palace goalkeeper in twice quick succession.

Jordan Henderson was the next to call him into action, before Sturridge was left perplexed as to why referee Robert Madley did not point to the spot soon after being brought down by Souare.

The visiting fans certainly let their displeasure known, although that anger almost turned to joy as Joe Allen volleyed just wide, with Coutinho and Markovic having efforts as Pardew’s men rode their luck.

Liverpool were in complete control yet would have gone in two-down at the break was it not for Mignolet stopping Gayle.

A two-goal deficit would have harsh and, smelling blood, Balotelli was brought on in place of Markovic at the break.

Palace, too, made a change with Marouane Chamakh replaced by Jason Puncheon, who flashed an effort over within a minute of his introduction.

It was again Liverpool looking the most threatening side and they drew level in some style inside four minutes of the restart.

Allen’s ball between the lines found Henderson, whose cute, clipped ball was met by a wonderful left-footed volley by Sturridge.

Palace attempted to go back ahead through Joel Ward and Gayle, although Liverpool were looking confident and went ahead in the 58th minute.

Scott Dann was adjudged to have fouled Balotelli, whose stinging effort from the result free-kick was spilled by Speroni into the path of Lallana.

Palace went with a more attacking approach in search of a leveller but they were struggling to break down the Liverpool defence and create clear-cut chances.

The Reds appeared happy to soak up the pressure and Henderson saw a cross cut out by Scott Dann, before Rickie Lambert had an effort deflect over.

Gayle blazed a late free-kick over but Palace never really looked like drawing level as Palace fell to a second defeat in all competitions under Pardew.

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Premiership: Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

Daniel Sturridge scores on Liverpool return in win over West Ham

Striker Daniel Sturridge enjoyed the perfect return from injury as he scored within 12 minutes of coming off the bench to give Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions a timely boost.

The 25-year-old had been missing for five months — 33 matches and 3,030 minutes of football in total — with thigh and calf injuries but showed he had lost none of his clinical finishing skills with an angled strike past Adrian to complete a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

His short-term stand-in Raheem Sterling had scored his fifth goal in 10 matches, which is not a bad return for an only-recently converted centre-forward, to put the Reds on the road to victory but Sturridge applied the finishing touch to put the result beyond doubt.

Sturridge’s 22-minute run-out, having replaced Lazar Markovic, could not have gone better and it ensured another England striker did not grab the headlines on his return to Anfield.

Exactly four years to the day Liverpool signed Andy Carroll in a still staggering club-record 35 million pound deal but having been unceremoniously dumped by Brendan Rodgers the big front man arrived with a point to prove.

The only points he made in the first half, however, seemed to come from his elbow as he caught Emre Can in the mouth and Markovic in the face either end of the half.

His first indiscretion, which left the Germany Under-21 international with a bloodied mouth, appeared to carry more intent than the second, accidental knock, but referee Andre Marriner saw nothing he felt warranted a foul.

Aside from one header, easily saved by Simon Mignolet, at a corner that was the sum effort of his afternoon.

After the break his clumsiness continued when he was booked for catching Emre Can with a late, sliding tackle. He appeared to injure himself and was replaced by Carlton Cole soon after.

Liverpool showed many familiar traits; quick passing, neat build-up until the final third and a lack of threat inside the penalty area.

Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana — back in the starting line-up for the rested Steven Gerrard — and Markovic (twice) had their best opportunities while Sterling wanted a penalty just before the break after Joey O’Brien appeared to haul him to the floor.

However, the West Ham defence could not get near the England forward for his goal six minutes after half-time when he slotted Coutinho’s brilliant through-ball past Adrian.

It had all the hallmarks of a genuine striker’s cool finish and was a reflection not only of Sterling’s continued improvement in front of goal but also the growing understanding between himself and Coutinho, another of the Reds’ bright young things.

Rodgers has frequently described the Brazil international as a “magician” and his ability to produce the trickery to unlock defences as tight as West Ham’s will be something Sturridge will relish as he makes his way back into the action.

He certainly took full advantage after coming off the bench in the 68th minute.

Having received a rapturous reception from an Anfield crowd starved of his goal threat for far too long he rewarded them with an angled strike after exchanging passes with Coutinho.

It was almost like he had not been away but it was evident there was some rustiness when he snatched at the rebound from fellow substitute Jordan Ibe’s shot.

Where Liverpool would have been now had Sturridge been fit for the majority of the season is a hypothetical debate but this result meant they moved ahead of their opponents, who have not won at Anfield since 1963.

Where they are now is eyeing a Champions League spot, buoyed by the return of their first-choice goalscorer, with fourth-placed Southampton just points away, albeit with a match in hand.

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Premiership: Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker suffers new injury setback

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered a new injury setback in training.

The 25-year-old injured his thigh on Tuesday and is expected to have a scan on Wednesday.

Sturridge, who scored 25 times last season, has played just three Premier League games this term and only returned to full training last week.

He suffered a thigh strain while with England in September before picking up a calf strain in training in October.

Liverpool have won only four times in 14 matches without the former Chelsea and Manchester City forward and currently find themselves in 11th place.

Brendan Rodgers’s side have scored just 14 league goals this season with strikers Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert failing to find the net.

Rodgers criticised England’s handling of Sturridge after he was originally ruled out for up to three weeks.

Balotelli picked up a hamstring injury on international duty with Italy and may be a doubt for Liverpool’s next game against Crystal Palace on 23 November.

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Premiership: Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker returns to training

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training for the first time since damaging his hamstring while on England duty in August.

Brendan Rodgers’s side have won only four times in 14 matches without him.

Sturridge, who scored 21 goals in 29 league games last season, was nearing a return to action last month before picking up a calf-strain.

Reds boss Rodgers expects Sturridge to be available for the next league game, away to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

Rodgers criticised England’s handling of the 25-year-old after he was originally ruled out for up to three weeks.

He has played only three Premier League games this season, scoring in the 2-1 home win over Southampton on 17 August.

Liverpool are 11th in the Premier League table, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea, and without a top-flight win in their last three outings.

They are also fighting to stay in the Champions League after three straight Group B defeats.

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Premiership: Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

Daniel Sturridge scores winner as Brendan Rodgers’ side hold on for win

Bulldozers have gathered outside Anfield over the summer ahead of the much anticipated stadium redevelopment, but Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling are proving firm foundations are in place at Liverpool.

The England duo secured a nervy, scruffy opening-day victory against Southampton with a start to the new campaign that felt like a replica to the last, Liverpool sneaking three points in comparable circumstances as against Stoke City a year ago.

In the highly publicised absence of Luis Su¡rez, Sturridge was the match winner then, too, and the similarity extended to the goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s late intervention in preserving three points. That was retrospectively acknowledged as an early turning point in a dizzying campaign. There will be no complaints if the next eight months are directed down a similar path.

For Liverpool the comfort was all in the win rather than the performance. The dynamism, speed of movement and nimble footwork that defined much of last season was lacking here, but it is hardly surprising. That will come when there are more miles in the legs.

This was the most typical of opening-day performances where jumping to conclusions beyond the result is hazardous. Indeed Ronald Koeman, the Southampton manager, had as much cause to be comforted in defeat as Brendan Rodgers in victory.

After a summer of gloom at St Mary’s when Southampton hosted its greatest exodus since the Cunard Line was in its prime, there was much to enthuse the Dutch coach.

He had four debutants effortlessly slotting in, and when right-back Nathaniel Clyne cancelled out Sterling’s first-half strike with a thunderous drive into the top corner at the Kop end, Koeman’s side looked more likely winners. Even after Sturridge glanced the 79th-minute winner following a Sterling header, Mignolet was called upon to push Morgan Schneiderlin’s late effort onto the bar.

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