Liverpool were by far and away the better team against Manchester United on Sunday.

After the visitors went 2-0 up inside the first 13 minutes there was no coming back.

But there was one moment where the game could have moved onto a very different path.

Bruno Fernandes missed a glorious chance in the fourth minute, missing the target entirely when presented with a clear cut scoring opportunity.

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Speaking after the game to Liverpool’s website, Jurgen Klopp suggested he thought Fernandes should have scored.

Klopp said: “We saw the game as well and we know we were lucky in two or three situations where United could have scored in the first half.

“I think they should have scored the first one, but that doesn’t make our performance [any less], that’s just how it is.”

Lack of ruthless finishing

United’s poor defending was one of the big reasons for the woeful 5-0 loss.


Liverpool’s ruthless clinical finishing exposed another difference between the two teams.

If Fernandes had struck his shot with the same combination of ferocity and control as Mohamed Salah showed with his chances, then United would have taken the lead.

While Liverpool probably would have gone on to win the game anyway, United at least would have had a chance.

Old Trafford would have been rocking if Fernandes had buried his early opportunity.

Instead it fell into stunned silence a minute later as Naby Keita gave Liverpool a lead, and it only got worse from there.

Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is under more pressure than ever before, with United capitulating to a 5-0 loss.

The pathetic 86 minutes which followed Fernandes’ missed chance was embarrassing to watch, and it was easy to understand why some fans chose to walk out at half-time.

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