Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Ratings as misfiring Reds struggle again in bore draw

DON KOPLEONE rates the Reds on an evening where misfiring attackers were saved by a surprisingly sturdy makeshift defence at Anfield.

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Manchester United visited Anfield on Sunday afternoon in a title race for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, and it was evident that the biggest game in English football had plenty riding on it.

While neither side parked the proverbial bus, both looked fearful of coming away from the contest with no points.

Liverpool impressed early on, and dominated the first-half, really. But ultimately it was the visitors who created the two biggest chances of the game, and the draw was arguably the fair result.

The host’s biggest chances fell to Roberto Firmino, and the Brazilian never looked like scoring today, in truth.


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But Sadio Mané, the Reds’ greatest threat once again, appeared to be through on goal on the stroke of half-time, only for referee Paul Tierney to prematurely blow his whistle.

Aside from that, though, Liverpool did not create enough to deserve to win the game, and the most pleasing thing for Jürgen Klopp must be the clean sheet that his side recorded with no senior central defenders fit.

A chance to draw level at the top missed, but had Alisson Becker not been in net, Liverpool would have lost their unbeaten record today.

Your ratings:

Starting XI

Ali 8.5 – Could be given a 10 here, really. Immense in every aspect on which you judge a goalkeeper’s performance. The key late saves tell the story within themselves, but his distribution and alertness off his line were equally impressive. Man of the match.

Trent 7 – Some really good defensive work until a crazy couple of minutes in the second half. Crossing was more threatening again today, and Lindelöf did brilliantly to prevent one volleyed effort from creating a winner.

Fabs 8 – Defended the two-on-one when Cavani and Rashford raced through as though his name was Virgil van Dijk. Superb.

Hendo 7 – Slightly less comfortable than his Brazilian partner, but the Reds’ skipper performed as well as you could have reasonably hoped him to in an unfamiliar role.

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Robbo 6 – His final ball was very poor early on. Should have been slipped through when Firmino fired wide.

Little Shaq 6.5 – Creative ideas were refreshing and clear to see, but the Swiss international never quite produced the final ball that Klopp would have wanted when recalling him.

ThiaGOAT 7.5 – Ran the game for the first half an hour and, while his influence was reduced as the game progressed, Thiago’s home debut was a very impressive one. Tested David de Gea from distance late on, too.

Gini 6.5 – Started very impressively, and seems quite suited to partnering Thiago. Tired after the break, though.

Mo 6 – Just not quite doing things quickly enough at this moment in time.

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Bobby 5.5 – While none of Firmino’s chances today were ‘sitters’, you would expect your centre-forward to score at least one of them.

Sadio 7 – Once again the Reds’ most threatening forward, and would have been through at the end of the first half if the Premier League had competent referees.

Subs

CJ 6.5 – Couldn’t really change the fixture in a positive fashion.

Divvy 7 – Pressed United defence quite well in brief cameo.

Milly N/A – Do not really understand what the thinking was, here.


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