29/08/2013 10:17, Report by James Tuck

Anfield: First win in five

Ahead of today's derby, we’ve been looking back on some classic memories from previous visits to Anfield. Finally, James Tuck relives last season’s triumph…

Liverpool v United has always been my favourite fixture on the calendar but, until September last year, I had been starting to question why.

We hadn’t won at Anfield since December 2007 and the next four visits had yielded some pretty miserable moments, including back-to-back dismissals for Nemanja Vidic and Dirk Kuyt’s one and only hat-trick for Liverpool. That changed early last season when United snatched a satisfying win and silenced the perennial underdog’s five-year bark.

Things were looking promising when Jonjo Shelvey received his marching orders for an over-zealous tackle on Jonny Evans in the first half, only for Steven Gerrard to give us that sinking feeling by volleying Liverpool ahead after the restart.

But that goal only sparked the visitors into life and Rafael’s delicious left-foot curler levelled matters. And when Robin van Persie followed referee Mark Halsey’s finger to the penalty spot nine minutes from time, after Glen Johnson had tripped Antonio Valencia, there was only going to be one outcome.

Cue delirium in the away end. For me, the fact that United didn’t play particularly well in the game only made the victory sweeter.

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