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Liverpool failed to take spot in the Premier League after being held to a goaless draw by Manchester United at Anfield. It was a game of precious few chances, with neither side able to take advantage of their periods of dominance in the game.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be the more disappointed of the two managers, with his side on top for most of the game.

The point means Liverpool will stay third in the Premier League, behind United and Leicester City, and are now four games without a win in the top flight.

They were indebted to goalkeeper Allison, who made two important saves in the closing stages to ensure Liverpool secured the point.

Despite having 66 per cent of the possession, Liverpool barely troubled David de Gea, with United’s defence keeping the Reds potent front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino quiet.

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Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 7

The Brazilian barely had anything to do, but when called upon he showed why he is one of the best keepers in the Premier League. He had one nervous moment which almost allowed Edison Cavani to shoot, but was rescued by his defence. Made an important save to deny Bruno Fernandes with 15 minutes to go before keeping out Paul Pogba in the final 10 minutes.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5

The right-back has suffered a downturn in form recently and that seemed to affect him today. Alexander-Arnold was never really involved going forward and had a few shaky moments defensively.

Jordan Henderson – 7

Liverpool’s skipper was calm and composed on the ball, and didn’t panic in the face of United’s high pressing. Surprisingly, United didn’t ask many questions of him defensivley, but when they did he was solid. Could be the answer to Liverpool’s defensive woes.

Fabinho – 7

Looked more like a defender than a midfielder, the Brazilian dealt well with United’s pacey attacking line. He also made a number of blocks and tackles that undoubtedly helped Allison to keep a clean sheet.

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Andy Robertson – 7

Much of Liverpool’s attacking play came down his side, with the Scot finding space to cross time and time again. His final ball wasn’t always perfect, but he was lively throughout.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5

Had a few sloppy moments in possession and was largely anonymous in Liverpool’s midfield. 

Thiago- 7

By far the most impressive player in red on the pitch. Thiago looked at home in Liverpool’s midfield and controlled the battle against his opposite numbers. He displayed his incredible range of passing and it was hard to believe this was his first appearance at Anfield in the top flight. Had the best chance of the match for Liverpool, drawing David de Gea into a save.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7

The Swiss midfielder was hugely impressive after being handed a surprise start by manager Jurgen Klopp. He was frequently involved in Liverpool’s attacks, but didn’t shirk his defensive duties either and pressed well.

Sadio Mane – 6

Probably the best of Liverpool’s front three and caused problems down the left linking up with Robertson. He made a few nice runs to split open United’s defence, but never really troubled David de Gea.

Mohamed Salah – 5

Struggled to get into the game and was largely kept at bay by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and and Luke Shaw. He had a few shots but none gave de Gea any real worries.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Like Salah, Firmino struggled to impact proceedings. He was sloppy with ball and there were more than a few times when he made the wrong decision to shoot with a team-mate open in a better position.

Substitues

Curtis Jones – 6

Replaced Shaqiri with 15 minutes to go, but didn’t have much of an impact. 

Divock Origi – 5

Didn’t have enough time to really get into the game.





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