Liverpool picked up their third win in as many games courtesy of Daniel Sturridge’s early goal and Daniel Agger’s defensive prowess
|MAN OF THE MATCH
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United
Three games into the 2013/14 English Premier League season and Liverpool already had a big game on their hands in the form of the defending champions Manchester United.
Fans’ were not shortchanged that night in terms of a footballing show but there was no goal feast.
Daniel Sturridge’s strike in the third minute was all the fans had to enjoy but that wasn’t all that won the game for the Reds.
Seeing that their defensive rock in Kolo Toure was out injured with a groin injury he picked up against Notts County in the Capital One Cup early last week, Daniel Agger was the unsung hero last night that kept Manchester United out.
Toure was the one-man army that silenced Chritian Benteke and co. last time out - the hot firing forward had no chance to score with the Ivory Coast international in his way.
Agger who came in at centreback was marshaling the defence as he threaded down the entire backline to clear the danger when colleagues Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson needed help.
This time he had to handle the likes of Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Welbeck, Nani and Javier Hernandez.
Agger was a step ahead of the rest as he dominated almost every aerial battle, giving the Red Devils only a handful of pops at goal.
On top of his sheer brilliance in defence, the 28-year-old Dane set Sturridge up for the header after he nodded it into the path of the Englishman.
He did, however, try to add to Liverpool’s lead by running up for set pieces but was unable to find that elusive second goal for the Reds.With a five-star performance against the Red Devils, Toure might have to fight for a first XI spot once he recovers from his injury.