Where are they now? The last Liverpool team to beat Man Utd at Old Trafford
On March 16, 2014, Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-0 in what remains the Reds’ last victory at Old Trafford.
Two penalties from Steven Gerrard and a late strike from Luis Suarez helped keep Liverpool’s title challenge going, while David Moyes was sacked by United weeks after that game.
We took a look alongside Liverpool from that day to see how they have fared since.
Mignolet was doing well in his first season at Liverpool when they beat United at Old Trafford in 2014, but he was never quite able to push and reach the required level, committing too many mistakes for a team claiming victory.
Jurgen Klopp first tried to replace him with Loris Karius, who is just as prone to accidents. Then, after Mignolet’s fifth season at the club, Brazilian No.1 Alisson arrived and the Belgian barely got a peek from there.
In 2019, Mignolet returned to his homeland where he signed with club Brugge, winning the first league title of his career in 2020.
Johnson, who arrived at Liverpool in 2009 as one of Rafa Benitez’s last big buys, played 29 times for the Reds as they finished second behind Manchester City in 2013-14. By then, however, his time at Liverpool was already drawing to a close.
The following season was interrupted by injury, and the right-back was then allowed to move to Stoke City on a free transfer. After three years with the Potters, he retired in 2018 and is now an expert for the Premier League’s internal channel.
The tattooed, skinned Skrtel has been rock hard in the heart of the Liverpool defense for nine full seasons from his arrival in 2007. They called him ‘the Terminator’ and fans loved him. – even though he scored a Premier League record. four own goals in 2013-14.
After leaving Merseyside, Skrtel moved to Turkey where he played for Fenerbahce and Istanbul Basaksehir, winning the Super Lig with the latter in 2020.
Skrtel managed another win against United in 2019 with Basaksehir, after which he reportedly said: “This is our first Champions League win, we wish we could play Manchester United every week.”
It made a lot of noise, but Skrtel decided to clear things up the next day. On Instagram he wrote: “Just to make it clear! This sentence that goes around social networks is something that I have never said!
“I did not have [done] post-game interviews and all kinds of news like this are bogus! I respect every opponent and have enough experience to know that something like this isn’t fair and that I never would!
We figured he was enjoying the victory nonetheless.
Alongside Skrtel in defense at Old Trafford was Agger, who has teamed up with the Slovakian so many times over the years. Agger loved the club – so much that he had ‘YNWA’ tattooed on his fingers – and Liverpool loved him back, despite all the injury issues he had.
“Quickly it was like I was in my shoes and the longer you are in a place that is convenient for you, the more it goes under your skin and becomes a part of you,” he said of Liverpool when he left for the youth club at the end of the 2013-14 season, “The people, the place, pretty much everything looked good.”
The defender spent two years at Brøndby IF before announcing his retirement at the age of 31 due to excessive dependence on anti-inflammatory drugs.
Away from football, Agger currently owns a tattoo parlor, bar, and investment company – oh, and he’s also chairman of a sewage company in Denmark!
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Flanagan had the season of his life in 2013-14, replacing injured Jose Enrique at left-back. He was nicknamed the “Cafu scouse” and made his debut in England that year.
But repeated knee problems prevented his career from following the most imagined path. After loans to Burnley and Bolton, he joined Rangers in 2018 and has since joined the Belgian team from Charleroi.
Henderson was still a relatively young man in that Liverpool side, but there had been doubts whether he would achieve the rating at Anfield. In the summer of 2012, he nearly left the club for Fulham.
He recovered from that initial uncertainty and became a hero on Merseyside, succeeding Gerrard as captain and leading the Reds to Champions League and Premier League glory in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
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Steven Gerrard (Lucas Leiva, 87 ′)
For years, battles with United have been deeply personal for Gerrard, especially when, in 2013, outgoing United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wrote in his autobiography that he was “one of the few who felt that Gerrard was not a top player.
His penalties on either side of half-time at Old Trafford in this one would have felt particularly mild after that.
With Gerrard now a league-winning manager at the former Rangers club Ferguson, however, it looks like the relationship between them has settled down.
“I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve had a few conversations with him,” Gerrard said in May 2021. “Since I retired we’ve penned our rivalry and he gave me time to phone to bounce a few things off him, a few questions to do with management here at Rangers.
“He’s been fantastic in these conversations. At some point, I would like to have the chance to sit with him and have a coffee. He agrees and it’s fantastic from his point of view because he doesn’t have to give me his time, especially as a rival. But I think it shows what type of man he is. He’s not just the iconic manager we all know. “
Liverpool cult hero Lucas, meanwhile, continues to roam around Lazio, for whom he left Liverpool in 2017.
Six years ago today, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez helped Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Manchester United 💪
They haven’t won a match at Old Trafford since 👀pic.twitter.com/YuC5vQO1J1
– Goal (@goal) March 16, 2020
The Welsh midfielder had a great season for Liverpool in 2013-14 in Rodgers midfielder. In subsequent seasons, however, playing time was limited and he left for Stoke in 2016.
Despite his relegation in 2018, he remains in the Potteries and has racked up over 150 appearances for the club.
Raheem Sterling (Philippe Coutinho, 72 ′)
Sterling was the rising star under Rodgers, tearing teams apart with his pace and skill. Then he left for Manchester City in 2015 and, well, Liverpool fans don’t really want to know more about that.
Coutinho, his replacement that day at Old Trafford, left Anfield under an equally stormy cloud in 2018 and continued to struggle in Catalonia. At least the transfer fees Liverpool received for the Brazilian served them up pretty well, huh?
Daniel Sturridge (Iago Aspas, 92 ′)
Under Rodgers, Sturridge was magnificent. Rodgers claimed he had “all the tools and qualities” to be a world-class forward, which didn’t seem too far off the mark in his first full season on Merseyside.
Sturridge’s body fell short of the rigors of top-level football, however, and he frustrated Rodgers successor Klopp with his past endless matches with a variety of punches and strains. In November 2015, Klopp even suggested that Sturridge needed to learn “what severe pain is and what is pain” in order to make himself available more regularly.
Eventually he was replaced by the rushed and rushed Roberto Firmino and left for Trabzonspor in 2019. Now 31, Sturridge is currently without a club having served a four-month ban for breaking the rules of the game.
Aspas, meanwhile, has never started at Liverpool. Yet since returning to Celta Vigo he has become a leading striker and cemented his legendary status in Galicia.
Daniel Sturridge’s 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool
– The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 2, 2020
The Uruguayan striker has been a whirlwind of outrageous goals and magnificent skills in the 2013-14 season, scoring 31 times in 33 Premier League games and winning the European Golden Shoe as Liverpool pushed for the title.
There have been mind-blowing strikes against West Brom, Cardiff, Everton, Tottenham and Norwich. And at Old Trafford, he rounded off the win with a goal six minutes from time.
It was the last derby he played against United as the Uruguayan moved to Barcelona that summer, forming a formidable trio with Neymar and Lionel Messi that brought Barca a Champions League and an abundance of silverware national.
After being released by Barca in 2020, Suarez continues to strike in Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid goals and could lead them to the La Liga title at 34.
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