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'good things' Jurgen Klopp finds silver linings as Manchester United continue Liverpool's FA Cup misery

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Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his side's winning goal. (Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his side's winning goal. (Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his side's winning goal. (Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he could identify some positives as his team's slump in form continued with a 3-2 FA Cup defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Supersub Bruno Fernandes’ fantastic free-kick secured Manchester United an impressive 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory against rivals Liverpool as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw his first triumph against Jurgen Klopp's men.

A week on from a tense goalless Premier League draw at Anfield between the Premier League leaders and reigning champions, an empty Old Trafford hosted a thrilling encounter between these old foes.

Mohamed Salah’s fine opener was cancelled out by Mason Greenwood in an entertaining first half which was followed by a similarly pulsating second period.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his first goal. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his first goal. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his first goal. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Marcus Rashford coolly put United ahead only for Salah to level with his second of the match, setting up a grandstand finish in which star man Fernandes came off the bench to score a super free-kick winner.

"There was a lot of good things and some mistakes around the goals. If you want to win here you have to be absolutely top and we were not," said Liverpool boss Klopp.

"For the first goal we had no protection, we wanted it too much. Things like this should not happen but they can happen.

"We can take things out of this game, we try to learn from every game. It's good for Mo Salah, good for the confidence. It was a tough game. We want it hard but tonight it was not enough.

"If you win a game there are negatives, if you lose a game too but I saw the boys really, really wanted it. We had problems on the counter-attack, it was intense, but there were positives."

The result continued Liverpool's desperate run of results as they failed to win for a fourth game in a row, with United manager Solskjaer struggling to contain his delight as he summed up his side's efforts.

"It was a brilliant effort," declared Solskjaer. "You know when you go a goal, down the reaction of everyone was really good. We played some really good stuff, good goals, we have to defend well against them and we managed to react well and of course towards the end there were some moments but we kept them away.

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"Great goal, good free kick. When you leave him out like I did today, he stayed about 45 minutes after training yesterday shooting free kicks so I was pretty confident he could score one if he got the chance. He's never happy with me when I tell him to go inside after training when he's playing the next day so he got some practice yesterday.

"Marcus has played up front, down the right and left and we felt if we could switch the ball early today we could attack them because Liverpool defend on the front foot so we have to be quick on the ball, we did that well."

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Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores their side's third goal past Alisson Becker of Liverpool from a free kick. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores their side's third goal past Alisson Becker of Liverpool from a free kick. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores their side's third goal past Alisson Becker of Liverpool from a free kick. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Solskjaer also confirmed striker Greenwood is facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of a knee injury that saw him limp down the tunnel after his afternoon ended early.

"His knee was bothering him so scan tomorrow and see where we are," added Solskjaer.

Solskjaer had every right to toast a famous win for United and while Klopp tried to find encouragement in an improved performance from his side, the result continues an agonising run for his team, who now face a crucial Premier League game against Tottenham on Sunday.

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