LONDON - David Moyes first visit to Anfield with Manchester United ended in defeat on Sunday as Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory for the third Premier League game running.
Moyes was without Wayne Rooney due to a head injury that looks set to rule him out of England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers and in his absence the Scot's poor record at Liverpool continued.
Sturridge, who could benefit from Rooney's absence for England against Moldova and Ukraine, scored the only goal in the fourth minute, having also been the match-winner in the 1-0 wins over Stoke City and Aston Villa.
Although the season remains young, it was a painful defeat for United, who already trail their old rivals by five points.
The game was preceded by a minute's applause for the late Bill Shankly, who would have turned 100 on Monday, and the legendary former Liverpool manager would have appreciated his side's purposeful start.
There were less than four minutes on the clock when Liverpool struck, with Sturridge stepping off the line to glance Daniel Agger's header past David de Gea and claim his 11th goal in his last nine games.
Initially, United struggled to react, and Robin van Persie's frustration told late in the half when he was booked for flying in on Daniel Agger before angrily clashing with Martin Skrtel.
United also lost Phil Jones to an apparent ankle injury before half-time, but there was a renewed determination to their play in the second period.