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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick off for both games is at 3pm.

Confirmation of today’s teams for the game at Old Trafford.

“You had lads like Michael Owen and Stevie Gerrard in the same team as you who were unbelievable players.”

If you’re bored waiting for today’s games to begin, check out our long-read with former Liverpool player Richie Partridge here.

So we’ll primarily be following the Liverpool game today, while keeping a very close eye on Man United-Brighton.

You can also keep track of all today’s other Premier League games here.

We’re under way at Anfield…

6Mins

As expected, Palace are approaching this game cautiously with a 4-5-1 f0rmation.

Injuries to other goalkeepers means 39-year-old third-choice stopper Julián Speroni starts for the visitors today.

8Mins

Speroni makes a good stop to deny Fabinho after good work in the build-up from James Milner.

Moments later, the goalkeeper is forced to punch away a corner.

14Mins

Not too much to report on so far at Old Trafford.

Ireland international Shane Duffy does well to block a Pogba free kick with the type of block he makes so often over the course of a season.

14Mins

Firmino is the latest player to try his luck for Liverpool.

His curled effort from the edge of the area sails over the bar.

15Mins

Duffy goes close for Brighton but his header is saved by De Gea.

The visitors have made a decent start at Old Trafford.

18Mins

Mane tries to play through Salah but his pass is overhit.

Liverpool haven’t quite clicked yet against Palace’s stubborn backline.

26Mins

Palace are enjoying a good spell at the moment, with both Zaha and Townsend looking lively.

Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, Shane Duffy has made another excellent block to deny Rashford before Pogba’s free kick is deflected just wide.

27Mins

PENALTY TO MAN UNITED!

30Mins

Pogba takes a long run up before burying his penalty in the bottom right-hand corner for his eighth goal of the season.

It stemmed from Gaëtan Bong bringing down the French World Cup winner.

31Mins

There is a sense of frustration creeping into the atmosphere at Anfield.

Despite dominating possession, the hosts have yet to register a shot on target.

35Mins

Chance for Liverpool!

Van Dijk gets on the end of Milner’s free kick, but heads just over.

Shortly thereafter, there are claims for a penalty as the ball comes off Townsend’s hand in the Palace area, but the ref waves play on.

37Mins

Palace are ahead with an excellent counter-attacking goal.

Zaha is the creator, as he beats Milner down the left before crossing for Townsend, who finishes emphatically first-time from the edge of the area.

That is only Palace’s second attempt and first on target.

Is Roy Hodgson going to come back to haunt the club he once managed with an improbable victory at Anfield?

41Mins

Salah goes down very easily in the box.

Sakho and other Palace players are not happy and confront the Egypt international over his attempt to win a penalty.

44Mins

Rashford produces a brilliant top-corner finish to double Man United’s advantage.

Both sides have had chances in recent minutes, but it’s the hosts who have been more clinical.

48Mins

Keïta has just put in an awful over-the-top challenge on Townsend’s ankle.

The referee didn’t clearly spot it, as the punishment would surely have been severe for the midfielder if that had been the case.

45Mins

So half-time and for Liverpool fans, it’s been a worrying 45 minutes.

The Reds have dominated possession but struggled to create chances against a well-organised Palace backline.

Their opponents have looked dangerous on the break, with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha causing problems for the Liverpool defence.

Signs of frustration are creeping into the hosts’ play — Naby Keita was fortunate not to be punished for an awful high challenge on Townsend, while Mo Salah also escaped sanction for a blatant dive inside the visitors’ box.

Palace have performed so impressively that it’s hard to believe they’re currently 14th in the Premier League.

Remember, Roy Hodgson’s side have already also beaten Manchester City this season.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

48Mins

56 seconds after the break, Liverpool equalise.

Van Dijk’s hopeful shot from distance deflects into the path of Salah, who produces a brilliant finish on the volley.

50Mins

The momentum is with Liverpool now.

Andy Robertson charges forward with conviction before shooting narrowly wide.

52Mins

Liverpool have taken just seven minutes to turn this game on its head.

Firmino receives the ball from Mane on the edge of the area, and his slightly scuffed shot creeps into the corner of the net.

That was coming — Palace were struggling to deal with the league leaders’ high-intensity start to the second half.

57Mins

Jesse Lingard shoots wide as Man United continue to look in control.

What a turnaround it’s been since Ole Gunnar Solskjær has taken charge.

60Mins

Despite Liverpool taking the lead, the pattern of this game hasn’t really changed.

Liverpool have Palace penned back deep inside their half and are controlling the play.

62Mins

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Anfield Stadium Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (right) scores his side's first goal of the game. Source: Darren Staples

65Mins

Brighton have made a double change, with Andone and Knockaert replacing Murray and March.

Meanwhile, at Anfield, Zaha continues to pose a threat on the rare occasions he gets the ball.

Moments ago, the Ivory Coast international’s cross narrowly eludes Townsend in what threatened to be a near-carbon copy of the opening goal.

69Mins

Palace are back in this game thanks to a very simple goal.

Milivojević’s corner is headed home by Tomkins, who is completely unmarked as he scores.

75Mins

Propper’s excellent cross is converted by Gross to give Brighton hope.

The visitors have played well today — there hasn’t been too much between the sides.

78Mins

Liverpool are ahead and it’s a bit of a howler from Speroni.

Milner gets on the end of a cross field pass and the goalkeeper fails to deal with the England international’s volley from a tight angle.

Salah is subsequently on hand to help the loose ball over the line, as Liverpool fans breathe a sigh of relief once more.

83Mins

Palace make two substitutions as Ayew and McArthur are replaced by Wickham and Meyer.

As I type, Liverpool counter, but Mane’s shot from the edge of the area is tame when he had better options to his left and right.

84Mins

Palace are taking more risks now.

Liverpool have looked more vulnerable at the back than has normally been the case this season.

Schlupp has just headed narrowly wide from a set piece.

85Mins

87Mins

Fabinho is injured and he’ll be unable to continue.

Another player who has had his fair share of injury problems, Adam Lallana, replaces him.

90Mins

James Milner can have few complaints.

He is booked for a second late challenge on Zaha to increase pressure on the hosts.

As I type, Mane bursts through on goal, but his shot goes wide.

90Mins

There will be five minutes of stoppage time at Anfield…

90Mins

That’s that.

With Palace putting numbers forward, Mane exploits the space in behind, finishing clinically from a tight angle.

90Mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time at Old Trafford…

90Mins

Stephens’ header is cleared away by the United defence after De Gea fails to claim a free kick.

It’s been a nervy final few minutes for United.

So that’s that.

Liverpool and United both prevail despite some nervy moments for both.

It’s seven wins in a row for the Red Devils under Solskjaer, while Liverpool go seven points clear of Man City, who play tomorrow.

Right, that’s all from me.

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