Liverpool 1 Manchester United 1 – Hernandez steals a point for Red Devils
Liverpool passed up their opportunity to close the gap on arch-rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, with Javier Hernandez’s late header cancelling out Steven Gerrard’s opener.
October 15th, 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson made the surprising decision to leave Wayne Rooney, Nani and Hernandez on the bench for the clash at Anfield, with the Scot playing Danny Welbeck as the lone forward and it was a tactic which nullified Liverpool for large parts of the game.
The first half was devoid of chances, with Luis Suarez coming closest to scoring when he turned Jonny Evans only for De Gea to parry his shot.
However, Liverpool started to turn the screw in the second half and a roving run from Charlie Adam resulted in Rio Ferdinand tripping the Scot just outside the area.
Contact did appear to be minimal although it didn’t stop Steven Gerrard threading his free-kick through the wall and sending the Kop to their feet with the Liverpool captain scoring on his first start since March.
Ferguson made a trip substitution within ten minutes of the goal, introducing Rooney, Nani and Hernandez. It was the Mexican who found the equaliser after Danny Welbeck had flicked a corner into the path of the onrushing Chicharito.
Liverpool pressed for a winner and Jordan Henderson made a lively substitute appearance. The former Sunderland midfielder should really have scored when his glancing header went just over the crossbar, with the same player nearly lobbing De Gea before the United keeper palmed the ball away.