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Liverpool beat Manchester United to make sure they are the ‘Legends of the North’

The battle for the Legends of the North title commenced at Anfield after the first leg at Old Trafford ended with Liverpool winning convincingly 3-1.

This time the result went the same way as Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1.

There was a star-studded line-up from both sides that included the likes of Xabi Alonso, Jerzy Dudek, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to name a few all coming to play for a good cause raising money for the LFC foundation.

It didn’t take long for Berbatov to show the elegance that he had throughout his whole career as the ball came to him in the box and he dragged it back before scuffing his attempt on goal.

A few minutes later he very much succeeded in what he was trying to do with an effortless strike finding its way into the top corner past Dudek.

A goal which epitomised what Berbatov was all about as a player.

So, after just seven minutes Liverpool found themselves behind but they reacted well with Maxi Rodriguez going through on goal after a cheeky nutmeg however he could not provide the finish that was needed.

Fabio Aurelio then came close on the 25th minute after coming on for Bjorn Tore Kvarme after an injury to the Norwegian.

It was nearly a carbon copy of his famous free-kick at Old Trafford all the way back in 2009 however Raimond Van Der Gouw tipped the effort over the bar.

Kenny Dalglish’s side for the afternoon carried on to create chances and with five minutes to go before half-time they nearly scored one hell of a goal.

Anthony Le-Tallec met a beautiful diagonal pass from Alonso on the volley but unfortunately for The Reds the ball went the wrong side of the post.

In the second half Liverpool made a host of substitutes from the off and it immediately paid off.

Robbie Keane had acres of space in the box and he slid the ball across to Mark Gonzalez for the equaliser who finished neatly to get the crowd up off their feet.

Anfield came alive for the second half after that goal and Roy Keane felt the wrath of it when he was substituted onto the pitch with 15 minutes to go.

Keane did not have the desired effect in the middle of the pitch which was expected considering he has had his boots hung up since 2006 with Liverpool getting the winner eight minutes after he entered the frame.

On the 83rd minute Florent Sinama-Pongolle reacted quickest and tucked the ball away into the bottom right-hand corner for the biggest cheer of the day.

The goal confirmed that Liverpool are the indeed the Legends of the North.

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