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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores their side's fourth goal past Dean Henderson of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores their side's fourth goal past Dean Henderson of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores their side's fourth goal past Dean Henderson of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tried to keep a lid on rising expectations around his side after they secured a thrilling 4-2 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

After anti-Glazer protestors got into the ground and onto the pitch 11 days ago, further demonstrations could not stop Thursday’s Premier League fixture going ahead in Old Trafford’s final match behind closed doors.

Stand-in skipper Bruno Fernandes’ deflected effort had got Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side off to a dream start, only for Diogo Jota to level with a smart flick after a penalty decision was overturned.

The equaliser came from a corner and United’s soft underbelly from set-pieces was again exposed in first-half stoppage time, with Roberto Firmino heading home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s excellent free-kick.

Liverpool pulled further ahead 72 seconds after half-time as a comedy of errors at the back ended with Firmino turning home his second of the evening.

United looked punch-drunk but eventually rallied as Marcus Rashford reduced the deficit, before Nat Phillips – who had deflected home Fernandes’ opener – cleared a Mason Greenwood attempt off the line.

Mohamed Salah ensured United would lose their sixth home league game of the season, racing through at the death as Liverpool moved into fifth and four points behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

"We needed it. We deserved it," declared Klopp. "It was exactly what we needed in this situation. We are in a situation where we are under some pressure and need to win the games to have a chance. We came here to play a team in form.

"It was tough and the start was not good. We struggled to defend on the wings. They outnumbered us there and it took us a while to adapt to that.

"When we started doing that we were really in the game and scored two goals. Everybody knows this season that the second half is usually United's half. They usually turn games around but we denied that.

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Alisson, Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool celebrate victory at Old Trafford. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alisson, Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool celebrate victory at Old Trafford. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Alisson, Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool celebrate victory at Old Trafford. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

"We played a really good first part of the second half, scored a third goal and then it's an open game. It's intense with a team chasing the game and one team defending. The fourth goal was brilliant. Top again from Curtis [Jones].

"We have to win all the games. That's why the draws we have had against Newcastle and Leeds felt like defeats. Being in a position where you have it in your own hands to qualify for the Champions League is a big thing. Two or three years ago that was our life."

Klopp also played down Sadio Mane's reaction towards him after the final whistle, as the striker who started the game on the bench brushed away an attempted by the Liverpool boss to give him a high five.

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"It was because yesterday I changed things pretty late in training," added Klopp. "My boys are used to me explaining and I didn’t. No time, forgot it, whatever. And that was it. It’s all fine."

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side did not deserve anything from the game, as he urged the United fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season after the latest anti-Glazer protests.

"Of course it disrupted us a little bit so it's not been ideal but we had to deal with it," he said of the pre-match protests.

"Hopefully when we let the fans in on Tuesday it's a good atmosphere. We have waited a long time to let them in so we're looking forward to enjoying the game together.

"They deserved the win. We conceded goals in key moments of the game. We didn't build on the momentum or break up their momentum. We gave them at least two goals really. Then we scored again, had a massive chance... key moments went against us.

"Their shape and their pressing is very aggressive. We created our own downfall. The second goal you probably expect no foul there then it's a bad moment to concede just before half time. The third goal we gave them and that's really poor."

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