March 6, 2011: Liverpool 3 (Kuyt 34, 39, 65) Manchester United 1 (Hernandez, 90)
Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick from an cumulative total of around seven yards as Manchester United's seventh-choice (ish) central defensive pairing of Wes Brown and Chris Smalling utterly failed to cope with the movement of the astonishingly good Luis Suarez. But the game will mostly be remembered for Jamie Carragher's shin-high challenge on Nani (who was reduced to tears) and Rafael's similarly poor challenge on the impressive Lucas Leiva as the game threatened to boil over. The game marked United's second defeat in a week as the title wheels threatened to come off. History shows the nuts had merely loosened, but Liverpool fans sure did enjoy the wobble.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio (Kyrgiakos, 24); Meireles (Carroll, 74), Gerrard, Lucas, Rodriguez; Suarez (Cole, 89), Kuyt.
Man United: Van der Sar; Rafael (O'Shea, 76), Smalling, Brown, Evra; Nani (Hernandez, 45), Carrick, Scholes (Fletcher, 84), Giggs; Berbatov, Rooney.
October 25, 2009: Liverpool 2 (Torres 65, Ngog 90) Manchester United 0
After four consecutive defeats for Liverpool, United fans arrived at Anfield in high spirits - carrying beach balls, Eric Cantona masks and various banners proclaiming the Reds' 18 titles and Liverpool's apparently imminent demise. United might have played the slicker football but Liverpool's workmanlike midfield was keeping them at bay, with Torres running himself into the ground up front. The Spaniard was rewarded with a goal and Liverpool then held firm - with Nemanja Vidic eventually getting his traditional red card - until David Ngog put the game beyond United. The game's lasting image? Pepe Reina running the length of the pitch to celebrate.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua; Benayoun (Skrtel, 89), Mascherano, Lucas, Aurelio; Torres (Ngog, 81), Kuyt.
Man United: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes (Nani, 74), Giggs; Berbatov (Owen, 74), Rooney.
September 13, 2008: Liverpool 2 (Brown og 27, Babel 77) Manchester United 1 (Tevez 3)
A Liverpool team shorn of Torres and Gerrard - and without a Premier League win over Manchester United since 2004 - were given close to bugger all chance of upsetting the form book, especially with fans concentrating rather more on their long-running battle with their US owners. Things could not have started worse, with Carlos Tevez giving them the lead in the third minute as the Liverpool defence went AWOL. But Liverpool edged their way into the game - Wes Brown's own goal levelled matters before substitute Babel converted Kuyt's ball across the box. United turned up the heat but there were no more goals - just Vidic's obligatory red card for smashing Xabi Alonso across the chops.
Liverpool: Reina; Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio; Benayoun (Gerrard, 68), Mascherano (Hyypia, 87), Alonso, Riera (Babel, 72); Keane, Kuyt.
Man United: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Anderson (Nani, 78), Carrick (Giggs, 45), Scholes (Hargreaves, 66); Tevez, Berbatov, Rooney.
December 16, 2007: Liverpool 0 Manchester United 1 (Tevez 43)
The fact that Liverpool had 20 shots to United's five and a massive 61% of possession tells half the story. The plaudits given to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic after the game tell the other half. United triumphed thanks to a loss of concentration in Liverpool's defence for Tevez' goal following a corner, the stellar defending of Ferdinand/Vidic (though the former suffered a brain fade with a back header that needed clearing off the line by Patrice Evra) and the wayward shooting of an off-colour Torres and Kuyt. Was Harry Kewell really still there just four years ago? This seems mental.
Liverpool: Reina; Arbeloa, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise (Aurelio, 80); Benayoun, Mascherano, Gerrard, Kewell (Babel, 65); Torres, Kuyt (Crouch, 73).
Man United: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Anderson (O'Shea, 90), Hargreaves, Giggs; Ronaldo, Tevez (Carrick, 83), Rooney
March 3, 2007: Liverpool 0 Manchester United 1 (O'Shea 90)
"Liverpool will feel very unlucky and they deserve to. It was a fantastic result. We had a lot of narrow escapes and Liverpool upset our rhythm." When Sir Alex Ferguson gives you credit and admits United have been lucky, you know you've come very bloody close to beating Manchester United. But that would have been little consolation to Liverpool fans heartbroken by John O'Shea's late, late winner just minutes after United were reduced to ten men when Paul Scholes swung at Xabi Alonso.
Liverpool: Reina; Finnan, Carragher, Agger, Riise; Gerrard, Alonso, Sissokho (Crouch, 79), Gonzalez (Aurelio, 60); Bellamy (Pennant, 69), Kuyt.
Man United: Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Silvestre, 63); Ronaldo, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney (O'Shea, 73), Larsson (Saha, 67).