Adam Lallana has helped Liverpool stay on with their Premier League unbeaten run despite having their winning streak come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were on the lead through Marcus Rashford’s controversial opener, with Liverpool claiming Divock Origi was fouled prior to a rapid United break finished off by the England international.
Jurgen Klopp cut an incensed figure on the touchline and his mood hardly improved when Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed following a VAR check for handball but, in the absence of the injured Mohamed Salah, his side lacked their usual fluency in attack.
United defended doggedly to hold on to their slender edge, but their hard work was undermined when they allowed Lallana in the 85th minute to tap the low cross of Andy Robertson’s home.
Trying to tie the record of 18 consecutive top-flight wins in Manchester City, in the 34th minute when Mane squared to Roberto Firmino, whose side-footed shot was safely kept by David de Gea, Liverpool opened up United for the first obvious chance of the game.
United’s breakthrough caused acrimony among the away fans following a Victor Lindelof challenge on Origi, with referee Martin Atkinson allowing play to continue. Scott McTominay released Daniel James down the right and the Wales winger’s cross set up Rashford from close range.
Mane had the ball in the net eight minutes later but VAR did confirm he had used his arm when controlling Trent Alexander-Arnold’s high ball.
Klopp sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Origi after an hour and the England international dragged a shot narrowly wide of De Gea’s goal, while Rashford went even closer at the other end with a rasping shot from just outside the box.
Fred flashed a spectacular shot just wide as it looked like United might extend their lead before Klopp’s substitutions took effect.
Naby Keita, on for Jordan Henderson, fed Robertson on Liverpool’s left to send in a cross that went through a crowed penalty area, allowing Lallana to convert at the back post.
Manchester United looked like a different team to the one that lost 1-0 at Newcastle United before the international break, even if Solskjaer will be disappointed they could not hang on.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will be relieved to remain unbeaten in the league this season. Their impressive winning streak may have ended at 17 games, but the draw means they have a six-point lead at the summit.
A strong start was vital to United’s chances of getting a result and Andreas Pereira’s tireless harrying of Liverpool’s back four from the outset unsettled the visitors.
Henderson failed to show the kind of presence and leadership Liverpool needed on a day when little went their way. He was switched to a wide position before making way for goalscorer Lallana.