Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United

Coach Rodgers reacts:

It’s another step [forward] for us. I mentioned in the press the other day, since we last played Manchester United in January, we had both played 18 league games and there were only two points difference.

“Obviously they went on to become champions and we suffered because of our form in the first half of the season.

“But today was another indicator that the winning mentality we’re growing and evolving all the time in the group is becoming stronger. You could see from the reaction that the togetherness is very good and that is going to be important for us this year.

“We drew too many of the big games last year and we lost home and away to Manchester United, so today was another step to show we’re going in the right direction – but there’s still a long way to go.”

He added: “We won’t be getting carried away. We’ve got a lot to improve and a lot of work ahead of us. “The initial challenge this year is to try and get into the top four and be in the conversation for that for as long as we can. I don’t think we can look at anything beyond that for a long time yet.”

Coach Moyes reacts:

“I thought we played very well from the start. “We gave away a bad goal in the opening few minutes but, with the exception of that, it was probably the best we have played this season.

“We just didn’t quite have the last bit which would have enabled us to score. We dominated the game for long periods without us having the final ball or cross and, when we did get them, it just didn’t quite fall for us.

“It wasn’t for the want of trying. It wasn’t for the amount of forward players on the pitch to try and get them to score that’s for sure. What I would say is we didn’t have Wayne Rooney because of injury and I’m aware we lacked a bit of something different at times.

“Liverpool had very few opportunities. They had two free-kicks outside the box, Steven Gerrard had a shot and there was a chance in injury time. We gave the ball away for the half-chance which led to the corner that they scored from, so that was disappointing. The players know that and aware of it.”

“I think we’re coming out of these three games with not as many points as we’d like but have shown we’re in reasonably good shape. It’s maybe a little unjust that we are not up there towards the top of the championship.”

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