Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday.
The win also marked the first time in 19 years that Liverpool have opened a Premier League campaign with three consecutive victories and they are already five points clear of their old rivals United.
Liverpool’s players took just about three minutes to score, after Sturridge capitalised on a mistake by Ashley Young and won a corner via the challenge of Rio Ferdinand.
Steven Gerrard’s right-wing corner found Daniel Agger, who had lost Ferdinand too easily, and his goalward header was turned in, superbly, by Sturridge with a flicked header on the six-yard line. It was a goal-poacher’s finish, Sturridge’s third in as many league games.
It was also a goal that enlivened one of the more combustible fixtures on the EPL calendar and served to underline the challenges facing United’s new boss David Moyes.
Robin van Persie almost produced an instant response for the champions, who were missing Wayne Rooney due to a head injury, but his overhead kick, from Patrice Evra’s set-piece header, cleared the crossbar.
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