Three things we learnt from Liverpool’s clash with Man United

And breathe!

What an action packed 90 minutes we’ve all just seen at Anfield! But did we really expect anything less from these two Premier League giants?

The talking point will, of course, be Steven Gerrard’s moment of madness that cost his team any chance of salvaging the game just seconds after coming on. However, we’ve also got to talk about whether Manchester United’s Phil Jones should’ve been sent off? Adam Lallana, is he good enough for Liverpool? Is Raheem Sterling’s contract saga starting to affect his performances on the pitch? Why doesn’t Juan Mata start every game for United?

So much to discuss and so many things that haven’t even been mentioned! Click on through to find out what three things we’ve learnt from Manchester United’s important victory over Liverpool in the race for the top four.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Barclays Premier LeagueDaniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s only hope

The England international was starved of service all day and you almost expected that we wouldn’t see the striker again after Steven Gerrard’s sending off gave Man United the man advantage. However, the former Chelsea striker somehow gave the Reds a lifeline when it seemed so unlikely with a well taken goal from a tight angle.

What might’ve been for Brendan Rodgers’ side had he been available all season.

Steven GerrardSteven Gerrard is harming Liverpool

It all feels a bit embarrassing and awkward for Stevie G when Sky Sports do their usual cliche and over the top montages of the former England skipper in action.

Liverpool fans will tell you that the midfielder is still so important to them. And, sure, he does deserve credit for adapting his role but he is hardly pulling up trees there; he needed to let this season peter out and go off into the LA sunset remembered as a Premier League icon. However, following the slip and the pathetic red card today, you have to wonder whether if he stays around for much longer whether he will undo his legacy.

mataJuan Mata needs to play more

The undisputed Man of the Match was in fine form today, with the former Chelsea midfielder’s second goal epitomising what a wonderfully skilful player he is.

The former Valencia man hasn’t always been Louis van Gaal’s player of choice but surely he will have staked a claim for a permanent starting XI berth after today’s heroics?