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Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd: Jurgen Klopp’s Side Fail To Go Top After Goalless Draw

Liverpool had won their last two home games against Manchester United by an aggregate score of 11-0Manchester United lifted the mood of crisis around manager Erik ten Hag by securing a battling point against Liverpool at Anfield.

In a mediocre encounter, United stopped the rot that had been spreading after the heavy home loss to Bournemouth and a tame Champions League exit rubber-stamped by Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

While this was hardly a classic display from injury-hit United, who had Diogo Dalot sent off for dissent in stoppage time, Ten Hag had cause to be much happier than Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp whose side missed a chance to return to the top of the Premier League.

United keeper Andre Onana made one fine first-half save from Virgil van Dijk, while Rasmus Hojlund had the visitors’ best chance in the second half but saw his shot blocked at the near post by Liverpool’s Alisson.

Liverpool dominated possession but were too often wasteful and had to settle for a point, not enough to overhaul Arsenal whose earlier win against Brighton took them to the summit.

‘Precious point will calm the mood for Man Utd’Liverpool falter on Anfield’s big dayThis was a red-letter day in the history of Liverpool’s famous old stadium as the new top deck of the Anfield Road Stand was in use for the first time.

It made the attendance of 57,158 the biggest for any Liverpool home game since the FA Cup tie against Burnley in February 1963 and the third largest at home in their league history.

This was not a game to match the landmark.

Nine months after Liverpool swamped United in a 7-0 Anfield rout, the Red Devils never looked like facing a repeat of such carnage.

Liverpool went into this encounter with their arch-rivals as overwhelming favourites after their rise to the top of the table and United’s own struggles, but the reaction at the final whistle made it clear this was two points lost for Klopp’s side rather than one gained.

The hosts came out at lightning speed, clearly determined to shatter United’s fragile confidence, but they lost momentum as this became an undistinguished, scrappy game, almost devoid of real quality.

Liverpool’s 69% of possession was reflected in 34 shots, but too much of their work was wayward, laboured and kept out by a resilient United defensive performance.

And there was no late show to snatch victory, which has been a Liverpool trademark in a season that has brought victories but only intermittently seen Klopp’s men touch the heights.

Even Mohamed Salah was unable to produce a piece of magic and when the big moment came late on, substitute Cody Gakpo headed over when unmarked.

United show battling spiritThe odds were heavily stacked against Ten Hag’s United as they arrived at Anfield in the wake of heavy recent criticism, to be tasked with facing a Liverpool team who started the day at the top of the Premier League and who also handed out that historic thrashing here last season.

United had to survive a whirlwind Liverpool start and while they were short on creativity and grateful for the home side’s disappointing work in front of goal, the visitors deserved credit for digging deep with a defensive display of real vigour.

Harry Maguire was missing after being injured against Bayern, yet there was much to be admired about how United were willing to throw bodies in front of everything to halt Liverpool, and keeper Onana dealt with everything that came his way.

While United could be satisfied with a point in the circumstances, they will also know striker Hojlund had a big opportunity in front of the Kop in the second half, only to shoot straight at Alisson.

Given the circumstances, however, United will take this result.

Player of the match

VaraneRaphaël Varane

with an average of 6.78

LiverpoolSquad number1Player nameAlisson

Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

Squad number5Player nameKonaté

Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

Squad number3Player nameEndo

Squad number38Player nameGravenberch

Squad number2Player nameGomez

Squad number7Player nameDíaz

Squad number19Player nameElliott

Squad number8Player nameSzoboszlai

Squad number17Player nameJones

Squad number9Player nameNúñez

Squad number18Player nameGakpo

Manchester UnitedSquad number19Player nameVarane

Squad number23Player nameShaw

Squad number37Player nameMainoo

Squad number35Player nameEvans

Squad number39Player nameMcTominay

Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot

Squad number24Player nameOnana

Squad number11Player nameHøjlund

Squad number17Player nameGarnacho

Squad number4Player nameS Amrabat

Squad number21Player nameAntony

Squad number28Player namePellistri

Squad number46Player nameMejbri

Squad number10Player nameRashford

Line-upsLiverpoolFormation 4-3-3

1Alisson

66Alexander-Arnold5Konaté4van Dijk21Tsimikas

8Szoboszlai3Endo38Gravenberch

11Salah9Núñez7Díaz

1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold5Konaté4van Dijk21Tsimikas8SzoboszlaiSubstituted forGomezat 61’minutes3EndoBooked at 45mins38GravenberchSubstituted forGakpoat 61’minutes11Salah9NúñezBooked at 21minsSubstituted forElliottat 78’minutes7DíazSubstituted forJonesat 78’minutesSubstitutes2Gomez13Adrián17Jones18Gakpo19Elliott53McConnell62Kelleher78Quansah84BradleyMan UtdFormation 4-2-3-1

24Onana

20Dalot35Evans19Varane23Shaw

37Mainoo4S Amrabat

21Antony39McTominay17Garnacho

11Højlund

24Onana20DalotBooked at 90mins35Evans19Varane23ShawBooked at 88mins37MainooBooked at 27minsSubstituted forMejbriat 82’minutes4S AmrabatBooked at 35mins21AntonySubstituted forPellistriat 82’minutes39McTominay17GarnachoSubstituted forRashfordat 71’minutesBooked at 90mins11HøjlundSubstitutes1Bayindir10Rashford15Reguilón28Pellistri29Wan-Bissaka34van de Beek44Gore46Mejbri53KambwalaReferee:Michael Oliver

Attendance:57,158

Live TextMatch ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.

Second yellow card to Diogo Dalot (Manchester United).

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a set piece situation.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kostas Tsimikas (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Wataru Endo (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United).

Foul by Joe Gomez (Liverpool).

Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Wataru Endo (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Joe Gomez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Attempt missed. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cody Gakpo.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Raphaël Varane.