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Saturday, 31 March, 2001, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
F/T: Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

Liverpool complete a Premiership double over Manchester United and improve their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Full-time: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

93: A long Liverpool ball into the United area is diverted just over By Barmby.

88: Westerveld has to come quickly off his line to importantly block at the feet of Yorke as United carve out their best chance of the second-half.

87: Substitution - Gerrard is replaced by Michael Owen.

86: An opening for Babbel to shoot on goal is quickly closed down by Chadwick.

84: United are finding it difficult to take adavatage of having an extra man as Liverpool defend deep and in numbers.

Yorke does manage to get in a shot from the edge of the box which Westerveld comfortably gathers.

80: Brown temporarily halts Heskey's march on goal with a tackle 25-yards out.

But, Heskey regains possession and his shot skims the outside of the United post.

78: A Beckham cross from the right causes some anxious moments in the home defence before a free-kick awarded in Liverpool's favour eases the pressure for the Anfield side.

75: Substitution - Paul Scholes comes on for the departing Nicky Butt.

  Bookings
Phil Neville
Danny Murphy - sent-off

73: Gerrard gets in a defensive header to concede a corner from which Brown heads easily over for United.

72: Substitution Denis Irwin and Teddy Sheringham are replaced by Mikael Silvestre and Luke Chadwick.

69: Substitution - Fowler and Berger are replaced by Gary McAllister and Nick Barmby.

68: Murphy is dismissed for a second yellow card received for a foul on Denis Irwin.

66: Yorke puts the ball in the Liverpool net only to be denied a goal by the linesman's flag for off-side.

The move had seen Keane play an incisive ball to Phil Neville on the right of the Liverpool area. He crossed low for Yorke to score before the off-side flag was raised.

62: Gerrard cushions a header into the path of Murphy on the edge of the United box.

The midfielder has time and space but his shot is comfortably wide.

59:Giggs produces a surging run from United's left flank and finds Beckham, whose shot is blocked and cleared by the Liverpool defence.

55: United engineer a good passing move as they attack the Liverpool goal.

It finishes with Beckham crossing for Yorke. He lays the ball into Nicky Butt's path but the midfielder's shot from 20-yards is comfotably off target.

49: United show some promising signs with a fast-moving passing move in midfield.

Gary Neville, in white, and Robbie Fowler tussle for possession
Gary Neville could not stop Fowler scoring

Giggs has possession and tries to run towards the Liverpool goal but Hyypia blocks.

45: Gary Neville gets in a crucial interception at the United near post as Berger tries to find Fowler.

Half-time: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

44: Heskey is played through by Gerrard but spurns a clear opening from six yards, although Barthez saves well.

41: Fowler puts Liverpool two goals up with a clinically finished goal.

He controls Gerrard's chip from the right and, with his second touch, powers a shot past Barthez, who manages to get a touch but cannot stop the ball going in. Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

38: Liverpool foil a United attack and the visitors' threat on the home goal has decreased since the goal.

36: Fowler finds space but slips as he tries to meet Gerrard's sweeping cross.

  Bookings
Phil Neville
Danny Murphy - sent-off

30: Liverpool's appeals for a handball against Gary Neville, who appears to stop a Murphy header with his arm, are turned down.

29: Murphy plays a diagonal ball into the path of Heskey and his shot goes through the legs of Barthez.

But, the keeper manages to get enough of a touch to divert the ball wide.

26: Fowler touches the ball over Brown on the edge of the Man Utd area but cannot get a shot in because of the attentions of the defender and poor control.

19: The efforts on goal are coming fast and furious.

This time Jamie Carragher finds Berger, who turns and shoots, but his shot across goal is just wide.

18: A Roy Keane shot is only parried low down by Westerveld before Liverpool eventually clear.

16: Liverpool take the lead in spectacular fashion.

Fowler lays the ball into the path of Gerrard. He is allowed the time and space to line up a shot from 35-yards and takes advantage by arrowing a shot past Barthez. Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd

13: In an open and attacking game, Ryan Giggs forces home goalkeeper Sander Westerveld into a save from his 20-yard sot.

12: Hyypia gets in another header from a Liverpool set-piece. Again his header lacks the quality to defeat Barthez, who gathers.

11: The visitors pressure the Liverpool goal and defender Wes Brown is narrowly wide with a far post header.

9: Liverpool concede a free-kick a long way out from their goal but David Beckham attempts a shot on goal and wins a corner.

8: From the resultant corner, Hyypia gets in a header from close range but his effort does not have the power or direction to trouble goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

7: A lively start to the game, and again Liverpool attack down the right with Markus Babbel providing a threatening cross into the United box.

Phil Neville gets in a vital clearance with Fowler challenging.

4: Manchester United respond when a Dwight Yorke downward header takes a slight deflection off defender Sami Hyypia and bounces just over the crossbar.

2 mins: Danny Murphy slips the ball to Fowler and the Liverpool striker shoots from long range. His left-foot shot is narrowly wide.

Manchester United, in white, kick-off against Liverpool, in red.

Teams:

Czech international Patrik Berger returns to the Liverpool side after a long term injury and midfielder Steven Gerrard is fit enough to start.

Michael Owen starts on the bench with Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey up front.

Strikers Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are absent for Manchester United as is influential central defender Jaap Stam.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Carragher, Hyypia, Henchoz, Babbel, Berger, Gerrard, Hamann, Murphy, Heskey, Fowler. Subs: Arphexad, Barmby, Owen, Litmanen, Traore.

Man Utd: Barthez, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Brown, Irwin, Giggs, Keane, Butt, Beckham, Sheringham, Yorke. Subs: Goram, Silvestre, Scholes, Fortune, Chadwick.

Referee: G Poll (Tring)

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