Daniel Sturridge’s early goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over bitter rival Manchester United in a feisty English Premier League match at Anfield yesterday.
On a day when Liverpool celebrated 100 years since the birth of legendary former manager Bill Shankly, Sturridge lifted the crowd further when he flicked in Daniel Agger’s header from close range in the fourth minute.
Champion United, without striker Wayne Rooney after a training-ground incident left him with a bad cut on his forehead, rarely threatened to equalize despite dominating possession in the second half.
David Moyes’s first competitive loss as United manager continued his poor record at Anfield where he failed to win in 12 attempts when he was in charge at Everton.
The result left Liverpool as the only team to win all three of its opening games, a feat that can be matched by Tottenham Hotspur when it travels to Arsenal later.
The match was preceded by a minute’s applause celebrating today’s anniversary of the birth of Shankly, the man who did so much to turn the club into a force.
Agger got the better of Rio Ferdinand from a corner and Sturridge, celebrating his 24th birthday, reacted sharply to nod the ball home from close range for his third in goal in three games.
The game continued at a frenetic pace with chances at both ends, although neither United keeper David de Gea nor Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet were seriously tested.
In the day’s other lunchtime game, Swansea City recorded its first victory of the season with a 2-0 success at bottom West Bromwich Albion.