Belfast Telegraph

Hernandez snatches point for United

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was denied a dream return to the starting line-up by Manchester United substitute Javier Hernandez's late header in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Gerrard curled home a 68th-minute free-kick to put seven months of rehabilitation after a groin operation behind him.

However, with nine minutes remaining Hernandez, surprisingly dropped to the bench along with Wayne Rooney, nodded home from close range.

Phil Jones headed into the side-netting from Patrice Evra's left-wing cross when he should have at least hit the target.

The best chance of the half came in the 34th minute when Charlie Adam's shot after a long run was fortuitously deflected off Jonny Evans straight into the path of Luis Suarez. He cut the ball onto his left foot to send Evans the wrong way, but saw David De Gea parry away his 14-yard strike.

Dirk Kuyt screamed for a penalty when his header from Gerrard's corner struck the arm of Evans but referee Andre Marriner waved play on.

Rio Ferdinand's foul on a charging Adam had Anfield calling for the United defender to be shown a second yellow card but Marriner showed leniency. However, Gerrard exacted a greater punishment when he curled home a low shot through the wall from the resulting 25-yard free-kick.

Hernandez made his mark within six minutes of coming on as Danny Welbeck flicked on a left-wing cross and the Mexican international headed home unmarked at the far post.

United were then indebted to De Gea, who has come in for a fair amount of criticism in his maiden season, as the Spaniard threw himself to his left to deny Kuyt.

He was in action again in injury time when he acrobatically tipped over Jordan Henderson's shot.

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