Not a brilliant performance by the champions, but enough to beat their bitter rivals for the first time after three consecutive defeats in the Northwest derby. Liverpool went up very early on after a brilliant combination between Gerrard-Kuyt-Torres, which was the moment they peaked in the match. From then on, it was United. Not rampant, but dominant and good enough to get the goal they deserved. Torres did have a couple of very good chances he should have converted (too nervous or angry) but there were too few moments there was any creative moments from Gerrard and his teammates. United are back on top now, waiting for a Chelsea slip up at Ewood Park while Liverpool’s Champions League hopes for next season along with Benitez’ stature at the club continue to crumble.