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Football: Birthday boy Daniel Sturridge gives Liverpool a 1-0 win over Manchester United

Manchester United's manager David Moyes (centre) reacts after his team's 1-0 loss at Liverpool in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. -- PHOTO:AP
Manchester United's manager David Moyes (centre) reacts after his team's 1-0 loss at Liverpool in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. -- PHOTO:AP
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (above) reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs (above) reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (centre) takes a free kick during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the win
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (centre) takes a free kick during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool's Lucas (right) challenges Manchester United's Nani during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal
Liverpool's Lucas (right) challenges Manchester United's Nani during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (centre) reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England  on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winnin
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (centre) reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Anfield, Liverpool, northern England  on Sunday, Sept 1, 2013. Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Daniel Sturridge (second left) marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Daniel Sturridge (second left) marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Daniel Sturridge marked his 24th birthday with the winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday and Anfield celebrated a significant anniversary in its auspicious history.

Bill Shankly, the legendary manager who put Liverpool on the world football map, was born 100 years ago on Monday, which made the timing of this success, in such a heated local rivalry, all the more poignant.

The win also marked the first time in 19 years that Liverpool have opened a Premier League campaign with three consecutive victories and they are already five points clear of their old rivals United.

Liverpool's players took just three minutes to respond to the occasion. Steven Gerrard's right-wing corner found Daniel Agger, who had lost Ferdinand easily, and his goalward header was turned in superbly by Sturridge.