It could have been even worse for Liverpool against Man United…

Liverpool were comprehensively outplayed by Manchester United for the first-half of their top four crunch clash. The Reds, the home side, struggled to get possession of the ball, failed to effectively press the visitors and ultimately went in after 45 minutes behind to a Juan mata goal.

But, it could have been even worse for the Merseysiders, who may well have given away a penalty. Simon Mignolet appeared to get into a scuffle with Ander Herrera when defending a corner, and instead of doing the sensible thing and moving around the Spaniard, he simply pushed him to the deck.

Okay, Herrera went down a little easy, but had referee Martin Atkinson been looking at the stopper, he may well have pointed to the spot! And with Wayne Rooney a decent dispatcher of penalties, it could quite easily be 2-0 now.