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FT: Granada 1-4 Real Madrid ⚪️


The hunt is on! Firmino and Liverpool show their teeth at exactly the right time to boost Champions League hopes


Liverpool have the smell of blood in their nostrils.

After their winter hibernation, the Reds have suddenly sprung into life. Champions League football is in their sights, the door is open and Jurgen Klopp’s men look ready to barge their way through it.

Our Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones has all the lowdown from a spectacular game at Old Trafford.

Read the full story on Goal here.

Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2020-21 Premier League

🗣 Klopp: 'Great fight, good game!'


Jurgen Klopp tells Sky Sports: "Great, eh? Great fight, good game, intense, and the first win at Old Trafford since I am here. Good timing, I would say! We fought hard for it, we deserved it.

"I saw only good performances, to be honest. Trent was in proper shape tonight."

On Mane at the final whistle: "No, there's no problem. I made a late decision yesterday in training to go for Diogo. The boys are used to that. I usually explain things but there was no time. It's all fine."

The race for top four is on! 🔥


GOAL! Granada 1-4 Real Madrid


GOAL!!!! Benzema's turn to score now!

GOAL! Granada 1-3 Real Madrid


GOAL!!!! Alvaro Odriozola scores for Real madrid!

Our Liverpool correspondent has his say ✍️


🗣 Nat Phillips: 'It was a rollercoaster!' 🎢


Nat Phillips to Sky Sports: "It was a rollercoaster. It was a strange game. It was an ugly match but we had to make it that way at the end to make sure we got the result. It was a big night for us.

"I think we started quite slow. We knew we still had an extra gear. I didn't feel too worried. It was just a matter of time before we started playing the way we could do. To come from behind is always difficult.

"I reacted too late [to Man Utd's opener]. I thought it was going wide at first then I saw it start to curl inwards. It's one of those things."

On it not being an own goal: "That is good news. I am pleased to hear that!"

On top four hopes: "It takes us closer. It's another three points. It's no secret what our objective is and that's to win all our remaining games. We can enjoy it tonight but focus is on the next game.

"We can't look away from our camp. We can't have an effect on that. We have to concentrate on doing our jobs. It's something to build on and learn from. We need to take confidence from it."

A huge night all around!


Nat Phillips: 'I'm pleased to hear it's an own goal!'


Relief for the defender, as he learns that the goal was awarded to Bruno Fernandes.

FT: Man Utd 2-4 Liverpool


Liverpool pick up all three points at Old Trafford in a massive, massive victory.

The race for top four is on.

Man Utd 2-4 Liverpool


What a monster sprint that was from Salah from his own half, whipping it around Henderson. This is huge.

GOAL! Man Utd 2-4 Liverpool


GOAL!!!!!!! Salah scores for Liverpool and surely that's a wrap!

What a goal.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


We're into the last five minutes of stoppage time now. Both sides still look like they could score a goal.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


It's a yellow card for Cavani, after a late challenge on Fabinho.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Matic getting ready to come on for United.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Fergie in the house.

HT: Granada 0-2 Real Madrid


Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


McTominay and Mane take a tumble outside of the box, but nothing given by the referee.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


McTominay is given a yellow after a challenge on Fabinho

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Fernandes skies it over the bar.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Man Utd are awarded a free-kick outside of the box after a Liverpool handball.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Rashford does well to side-step the Liverpool defense, but shoots into the side-netting.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Mane is 1v1 with the goalkeeper, but Henderson makes a crucial tackle.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Mane with a wayward pass, and Henderson collects.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Double-change for the Reds, with Curtis Jones and Sadio Mane on.

Gini Wijnaldum and Diogo Jota off.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Salah with a long shot from distance after Liverpool counter.

Now it's the visitors who look like they're on the back foot/

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Man Utd with a corner. They've completely woken up now.

Alisson catches.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Man Utd with some life now as we head into the last twenty minutes. This is turning out to be quite the showdown.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Oh dear. Man Utd come deliriously close to scoring an equaliser after it's a mess at the Liverpool back. Phillips with a goal-line save.

Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


Oof. Game on. Will that Jota miss come back to haunt Liverpool?

GOAL! Man Utd 2-3 Liverpool


GOAL!!!! Rashford pulls one back for Man Utd.

FT: Borussia Dortmund are German Cup champions! 🏆


Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Cavani wins another corner for Man Utd, and cleared.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Corner for Man Utd, and it's cleared by Wijnaldum.

Meanwhile, in La Liga...


Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Manchester United make a change, with Mason Greenwood subbed off for Fred.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Alexander-Arnold is looking inspired today. He's on par with Firmino as Liverpool's best player this evening.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Shaw takes the free-kick, but it's cleared. Liverpool now counter, but Wan-Bissaka blocks.

Now Alexander-Arnold has a shot!

GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-4 Borussia Dortmund


GOAL!!! Haaland scores Dortmund's fourth. Duh.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Rashford checked by Alexander-Arnold, and Man Utd have a free-kick.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Jota scoring would've put Liverpool home and dry. He needs to bury these chances.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


CHANCE!!!! Diogo Jota with a wonderful chance after Mohamed Salah bursts forward, but it's off the post! Really should have scored there.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Clumsy challenge from Rhys Williams on Marcus Rashford.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Rashford with some activity in the box, and Alisson saves.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool



Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Harry Maguire is in the stands watching and he Does Not Look Happy.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Eric Bailly has been booked for a challenge on Diogo Jota.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Roberto Firmino hadn't scored a goal since the end of January, and he now has two against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


Sloppy mistake by Fred. Alexander-Arnold with the shot that's saved, and Firmino does brilliantly on the follow up to score.

What a start to the second half.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Liverpool


GOAL!!!!!!! Liverpool get straight back into it, and Firmino scores again!

Liverpool lead 3-1 at Old Trafford!

GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-3 Borussia Dortmund


GOAL!!!! RB Leipzig have pulled one back!

Man Utd 1-2 Liverpool


We're back underway at Old Trafford.

GOAL! Granada 0-1 Real Madrid


GOAL!!!! Los Blancos take the lead against Granada through Luka Modric!

Brazilian maestro 🇧🇷


RB Leipzig 0-3 Borussia Dortmund


Borussia Dortmund are on their way to becoming German Cup champions...

HT: Man Utd 1-2 Liverpool


Liverpool lead heading into the break, thanks to goals by Jota and Firmino.

Firmino's strike is also his first Premier League goal against Manchester United!

Man Utd 1-2 Liverpool


Firmino is unmarked as he heads the ball into the net. Henderson had no chance.

What a brilliant header from the Brazilian! And a defending disasterclass by the home side.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Liverpool


GOAL!!!!! Bobby Firmino with a wonderful header right on the stroke of half-time!

Liverpool lead at Old Trafford!

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Fernandes is now receiving treatment off the pitch, but it doesn't look to serious of an injury.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Fernandes' turn with a shot, and it's blocked by Phillips.

Uh-oh - Fernandes is now down on the pitch with what looks to be an injury.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Pogba with a shot and/or a cross, and it's caught comfortably by Alisson.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Shaw thundering into the box with purpose, with Pogba behind him.

Rashford tries to make space and Liverpool clear, but it's back to Fred.

McTominay with the shot, and it's blocked, and Liverpool counter.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Pogba with a powerful shot from distance, and it's wide.

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Alexander-Arnold with another dangerous delivery, but it's collected by Henderson.

RB Leipzig 0-3 Borussia Dortmund


Dortmund lead in the German Cup final!

Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


Liverpool with another corner. The Reds are fighting here.

Alexander-Arnold's attempt at a cross is cleared by Fred.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool


GOAL!!!!!! Liverpool have equalised after a Nat Phillips shot is flicked in by Diogo Jota. Great footwork here.

It's 1-1!

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Liverpool with another free-kick now.

Roberton's corner, and Salah has a powerful shot... AND SOMEHOW IT'S IN BY JOTA!!!!!!

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


CHANCE! Jota with a great shot, but Henderson saves it!

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Liverpool with a good move forward and a chance to counter, but Mohamed Salah trips Fred.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Man Utd's turn for a corner now.

Shaw takes a short corner for Fernandes to pick up, and Pogba whips it across the face of goal. Goal-kick for Liverpool.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


PENALTY NOT GIVEN! Anthony Taylor has now reversed his initial decision to give the penalty to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp looks on amusedly.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Anthony Taylor is now getting a look at VAR for himself.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


What can't Bruno do?

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Eric Bailly with the foul on Nat Phillips. VAR checking for the penalty...

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Liverpool have a corner. Alexander-Arnold swings it in... PENALTY for Liverpool as Phillips takes a tumble inside the box!

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Chance for Jota from a great pass by Alexander-Arnold, but Henderson comes to the rescue and makes the save.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Rashford has a chance to toe it in after a Pogba cross, but it's missed.

Man Utd piling on the pressure here.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


The Powers That Be have given the goal to Bruno Fernandes! Spares Nat Phillips' blushes, at least/

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Nat Phillips' own goal was the 1000th own goal in the Premier League.

Do what you will with that information.

Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


Dear, oh dear. The Reds face an uphill battle here in their top-four qualification hopes.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool


OWN GOAL!!!! That is a terrible mistake by Nat Phillips, who deflects Bruno Fernandes' shot into the back of his own net.

What a finish, to be fair. Man Utd lead.

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool


Gareth Southgate is in the house.

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool


OH DEAR! Alisson makes a colossal fumble and plays a clumsy pass that Cavani pounces on, but it's just wide.

That is very unlike the Liverpool 'keeper.

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool


Corner for Liverpool as Trent Alexander-Arnold swings it in, but it's cleared.

Cavani nudges it forward, and Man Utd have the chance to counter. The home side earn a free-kick.

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool


Chance for Liverpool as Roberto Firmino takes a fall in the penalty box, and the Reds try to appeal for a penalty – but none given.

GOAL! RB Leipzig 0-2 Borussia Dortmund


GOAL!!!!! Haaland doubles Dortmund's lead in the German Cup.

Who else?

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool


And we're underway at Old Trafford, with the protests happening outside the ground not deterring match proceedings.

Liverpool need to win this game should they want to keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive, while Man Utd will still be putting up a fight despite their top two spot relatively secured.

Here's how Real Madrid line up against Granada:


🗣 Klopp: "Man Utd vs Liverpool would be great on the moon"


Jurgen Klopp says: "A lot. If this game was on the moon it would be great. It is one of the great, great games. Really looking forward to it." 

RB Leipzig 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


Free-kick blocked by the wall.

RB Leipzig 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


Free-kick for Leipzig in a potentially dangerous position, after a clumsy challenge by Reus.

Man Utd & Liverpool players warm up in t-shirts to pay tribute to Jordan Banks ❤️


GOAL! RB Leipzig 0-1 Borussia Dortmund


GOAL!!!! What a start! Jadon Sancho with the goal, just seconds after Sabitzer shoots for the net!

Borussia Dortmund lead in the German Cup final!

Team news: Granada vs Real Madrid


Here's how Granada and Real Madrid line up for their La Liga fixture later this evening.

Granada XI: Escandell, Quini, Sanches, Perez, Foulquier, Vico, Gonalons, Eteki, Machis, Molina, Suarez

Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Marvin, Militao, Nacho, Miguel G, Valverde, Casemiro, Modric, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

RB Leipzig 0-0 Borussia Dortmund


And we're underway in the German Cup final!

An update from our Manchester United correspondent:


This planning!


Team news: Manchester United vs Liverpool


It's a strong team selection from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wit a more familiar-looking squad, while Liverpool's front-three consists of Salah, Firmino and Jota.

Man Utd XI: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Bruno, Pogba, Cavani

Subs: De Gea, Telles, Tuanzebe, Williams, Amad, Mata, Matic, Van De Beek, Greenwood

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Diogo Jota

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Mane, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Woodburn, N. Williams

An update from our Manchester United correspondent at Old Trafford:


Charlotte Duncker: "Manchester United fans have tried their very best to get this game called off but both teams have managed to make their way into the stadium. United changed their usual pre match preparation by arriving at the ground in their own cars about six hours ago. Protesting fans managed to block the Liverpool team coach with their cars before appearing to let the tyres down.

"The protests outside Old Trafford were pretty subdued compared to the scenes last week with a very heavy police presence including riot vans and tactical aid unit. With fans blocking Wharfside Way where the coach would usually arrive the Liverpool coach went in via a rear entrance. A few hundred fans stood blocking the entrance with flares chanting anti Glazer songs.

"But with the players already safely inside the stadium the game can go ahead as planned."

Aaaand the Liverpool team have arrived safely at Old Trafford!


Man Utd fans now blocking the entrance for the Liverpool team coach


Team news: RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund


Here's how RB Leipzig and Dortmund line up for the German Cup final:

RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi, Mukiele, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Klostermann, Kampl, Haidara, Sabitzer, Hwang, Olmo, Sorloth

Subs: Martinez, Orban, Konate, Poulsen, Forsberg, Nkunku, Kluivert, Laimer, Heinrichs

Dortmund XI: Burki, Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Can, Dahoud, Bellingham, Reus, Sancho, Haaland.

Subs: Drljaca, Meunier, Schulz, Brandt, Delaney, Reinier, Reyna, Hazard, Knauff

Here's the biggest obstruction that the Liverpool coach has had to deal with!


And some on-the-ground footage of the protests happening outside of the stadium.

Team news coming in just a little over 20 minutes...


Liverpool team bus blocked as protests by Man Utd fans continue


Hello and welcome to Goal's matchday blog! 👋


Hi everyone, and welcome back to another day of the matchday blog, where we'll be covering the likes of Manchester United vs Liverpool in the Premier League (postponed a week and a half), Granada vs Real Madrid in La Liga and RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Cup.

We'll also be covering everything happening on the ground at Old Trafford, with our Manchester United correspondent Charlotte Duncker bringing us live updates as more protests continue to take place by Red Devils fans – but not to the extent of the other week.