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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.