Liverpool’s highly anticipated clash with arch-rivals Manchester United ended in stalemate after the Reds failed to break down Jose Mourinho’s resilient red devils.

Key Talking Points

Liverpool frustrated again

Liverpool once again found themselves totally dominant but ultimately unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Joël Matip missed the best chance of the game as De Gea made a world class save, Emre Can fired over from a tough chance and Coutinho should have had a penalty as he was caught by Ander Herrera. But for all of Liverpool’s control, United held firm.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno tackles Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Defensive solidity will bring Klopp joy

Liverpool’s back four were all excellent for once, with Joe Gomez the man of the match. Off and on the ball, all of Liverpool’s defensive players, and defensive midfielder Jordan Henderson were all terrific.

It’s easy to point to how defensive Man United were, but that was as much down to Liverpool as it was their opponents.

If we keep criticising Liverpool when they’re poor defensively, we should praise them when they’re excellent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s oberto Firmino throws a paper aeroplane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Same old story as Reds need to find spark

After a run of games against teams Liverpool have outplayed, been vastly superior to and somehow failed to beat, it’s another case of the same here.

Liverpool totally outplayed United, created all the chances and should have killed the game, but once again it’s a case of nearly but not quite for the Reds. They need to start converting performances into results, and fast.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum and Manchester United’s Phil Jones during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Player Ratings 

Simon Mignolet – 7/10: Only had one save to make, but made it emphatically. Solid performance from Mignolet who wasn’t really tested.

Joe Gomez – 8/10: Excellent. Made some brilliant passes, created chances and despite looking like he might be run ragged by Martial early on, more than held his own against both Martial and Rashford.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joel Matip – 7/10: One sloppy tackle could have cost his side but overall strong. Ran out of the back brilliantly. Looked good on the ball and positioning spot on. Unlucky not to score the winner.

Dejan Lovren – 8/10: Excellent. Absolutely bullied Lukaku all day, made an unbelievable amount of clearances, defended really really strongly. Got his team going.

Alberto Moreno – 7/10: Continues to impress. So solid defensively today and made some thumping tackles and ran the line well. Really starting to nail down a spot as one of the best left-backs in the league.

Jordan Henderson – 8/10: Dictated the game brilliantly from deep. Dominated possession well, played over 100 passes with 90% accuracy. Creative as well, creating four chances for his team and as ever, recycled possession exceptionally.

Emre Can – 6/10: A few good bombastic runs and some excellent tackles but Emre didn’t have enough impact on the game and frustratingly missed a good chance to score in a game where they were few and far between.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Emre Can looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10: Started brilliantly but faded away as the game wore on. Some nice touches and control in midfield and ran hard but ultimately couldn’t generate anything for his side.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7/10: Played some lovely passes and some sensational pieces of close control but failed to make a telling impact on the game. The moments of magic were few and far between. Unlucky not to get a penalty.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10: Played very well at times, and Liverpool’s most creative player, but just didn’t have the cutting edge in the final third. Five key passes, including the big one for Matip is exceptional, but like others, just didn’t have a clinical impact.

Mo Salah – 7/10: Sharp. Beat players, put decent balls into the box, looked dangerous throughout, but missed one or two good chances and could have done more in the final third. Frustrating, but overall played well.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah misses a chance during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge – N/A: Touched the ball four times after coming on. Long balls up to him were never going to work.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A: Had a few more touches than Sturridge, but ultimately had no impact. Crossing was poor, corners weren’t great. Made a decent run though.

Dominic Solanke – N/A: Appreciate the logic in giving him five minutes, but it’s not going to give him much chance to do anything.

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