Liverpool failed to make their early dominance count in a goalless affair at Anfield.
As a result, Manchester United have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to two points.
Alisson Becker made three tremendous saves in the latter stages of the clash to ensure that Manchester United didn’t leave Anfield with all three points.
The result see’s Jurgen Klopp’s side go three games without scoring a goal.
In a first half dominated by Liverpool, the Reds took control of the early stages. On his first Anfield start, Thiago ran the midfield and on numerous occasions, he expertly found pockets of space that enabled the Reds front three to attack United’s defence.
The Red Devils failed to register a single shot on target in the first half.
Their best chance of the half came shortly after the half-hour mark when Xherdan Shaqiri was penalised for a trip on Luke Shaw. Bruno Fernandes’ resulting free-kick flashed just wide of the post.
Liverpool v United Second Half
The onslaught continued in the second half. On one instance, Roberto Firmino couldn’t get clear contact on Andy Robertson’s delivery.
Minutes later, Mohammed Salah’s effort deflected just wide off Harry Maguire.
Ole Gunnar Solsjkær’s side could only settle for speculative, long-range efforts mainly through Bruno Fernandes. His strike caused some discomfort for the Liverpool number one, on the hour.
Thiago stung the palms of his fellow countryman with his long-range shot.
However, in the latter stages. of the game, United had Liverpool on the back foot only for the Reds shot-stopper to keep the game level.
Fernandes almost stole the headlines with 15 minutes to play. Shaw burst down the near side and the Portuguese international’s strike looked a certain goal if it wasn’t for Alisson’s outstretched leg.
The Brazilian number one was called into action in quick succession. Paul Pogba was brilliantly denied before bravely diving at the feet of Marcus Rashford to avert the danger.
Following the game, we asked Liverpool Transfer Room Writers; Richie and Priyasha for their match reaction.
Richie’s Verdict (@Slack_9)
Richie believes, “Henderson and Fabinho were very very good and Alisson was superb.
Apart from that the front three have lost momentum and cohesion for the moment. Whilst I fully expect them to bang again soon, they haven’t looked themselves.Richie on Liverpool failing to find the net.,
He concludes, “Thiago is a class above the rest in the middle of the park but we really miss Hendo and Fab in that 6 role and creating chances from deep.”
Priyasha’s Verdict (@lfcpriya11)
She said: “Absolutely frustrating. Except for a handful, none of the players were at their best. “
The front 3 were woeful, bar Mane.Priyasha reflects.
“Fabinho and Henderson solid at the back, Alisson being my MOTM. Wjinaldum was awful and Trent was shaky as well. Only positives from the game are Thiago, Shaq and our intact home record.” She concluded.
Stephen’s Verdict (@SteKillenBL)
This is a tough result to stomach and it would be a disservice to say Liverpool deserved to win but they are really lacking at the minute.
The spark is missing.
What a signing Thiago has been and the way he could unlock the United defence by finding the pockets of space was magical. The future of his Liverpool career is bright.
We have been made to rue our poor performances and have lost more ground today.Stephen on tonight’s game.
We lacked that cutting edge. However, Firmino was lacklustre in possession and had a number of half-chances but this performance echoes Diogo Jota’s absence. The Reds tower over their north west rivals with the quality they possess.
Liverpool v United Match Reflection
|Thiago settling in well for the Reds. He is proving to be crucial in Liverpool’s creativity.||Lacking the clinical finishing of old, getting into the right areas but failing to release a strike.|
|Defensive masterclass from Fabinho. He was formidable at the back making crucial interceptions and tackles and as a result, thwarting dangerous United attacks. Henderson good too.||Firing blanks. Against resolute defences, Liverpool’s front men struggle to get the ball out of their feet and release a shot on goal.|
|Amazing Alisson. Our shot-stopper came off his line superbly and commanded the defence. He brilliantly denied Fernandes and Pogba.||Roberto Firmino is lacking confidence and it is having an affect on his performances. Diogo Jota is missed.|
|With United enjoying some pressure late on it is a minor positive that we come away with a point.||Three games without a goal is not good enough.|
Written by Stephen Killen (@SteKillenBL).