Result: Liverpool maintain 100% start with victory over Manchester United

Daniel Sturridge's early goal against Manchester United is enough for Liverpool to notch their third straight victory in the Premier League.

Liverpool have begun a season with three straight victories for the first time since 1994 with a narrow victory over bitter rivals Manchester United.

The Reds have won each game 1-0, with Daniel Sturridge the club's sole goalscorer in the Premier League so far this term.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013© Getty Images

It took just four minutes for Liverpool to go in front. Steven Gerrard's corner was headed goalwards by Daniel Agger and Sturridge, on his 24th birthday, diverted it past two United shirts on the line.

United responded well and had a chance to equalise when Ashley Young's corner went past everyone at the front post and through to Robin van Persie at the back post, but the Dutchman failed to control the ball.

The visitors' resurgent spell fizzled out after 20 minutes and it was Liverpool who next threatened when Glen Johnson was brought down outside the area. Gerrard's curling free kick was saved by David de Gea.

As the first half came to an end, tempers flared at Anfield, with Van Persie in particular clearly frustrated. After blowing for half time, referee Andre Marriner spoke to captains Nemanja Vidic and Gerrard in an effort to cool things down.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool exchanges words with Robin van Persie of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013© Getty Images

United saw plenty of the ball after the resumption and almost levelled when Young's vicious half-volley was blocked.

Nani was brought on to replace Young for his first appearance of the season and he almost made an impact soon after by firing a left-footed shot that Simon Mignolet parried away.

Van Persie then had a chance to snatch a late equaliser when Javier Hernandez played him in down the right, but the Dutchman side-footed wide from a tight angle.

Liverpool go two points clear of Chelsea at the Premier League's summit, while United are already five behind the Reds in sixth.

Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes reacts next to Liverpool's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest Engl© Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013
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1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
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10Watford2375113342-926
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12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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