It seems to be a common trend in recent years that Liverpool concede goals just after half-time at Old Trafford
Jose Enrique allowed Javier Hernandez to get away from him to stab United home proved decisive and allowed them to book a home tie with Norwich in the next round.
Is it a coincidence? Well, it seems that a lot of the goals have been from crosses, and this has occurred under several managers – namely Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers. Here are the instances when Liverpool were previously caught cold by Manchester United after half-time.
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool - September 2010
Liverpool went into the half-time break 1-0 down to Manchester United on Roy Hodgson’s only trip to Old Trafford in the Liverpool hot seat thanks to a Dimitar Berbatov header from a corner. After half-time, Berbatov did executed a brilliant overhead kick from a Nani cross.
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool - February 2012
It was heated but it was level at half-time but Liverpool seemed to implode after the break when Wayne Rooney volleyed home a Ryan Giggs corner before doubling the lead after Antonio Valencia capitalised on Jay Spearing’s hesitancy on the ball before putting Rooney through.
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool - January 2013
Liverpool were already 1-0 down before conceding a free-kick just after half-time. One which Robin Van Persie delivered and was met by Patrice Evra, whose header deflected of Nemanja Vidic to double United’s advantage.
In all of these instances, that period of play has decided the outcome of the match. Is it a problem for Liverpool with their defending just after the break, or is it just one of those things such as going to a ground that you don’t have a good record at and never winning?
Either way, it’s certainly something Brendan Rodgers will be looking to address at their next meeting at Old Trafford in March.
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