Match ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester United keeper David de Gea produced a world-class save to deny Joel Matip as Liverpool were frustrated by Jose Mourinho's stubborn side at Anfield for the second successive season.
Jurgen Klopp's side peppered the United goal with 19 shots but a combination of outstanding goalkeeping by Spain keeper De Gea and the home team's poor finishing denied them a decisive moment.
The German's men were in control of the game for long periods but their profligacy in front of goal means they have now won just once in eight games.
The most noteworthy incident of an uneventful first half was De Gea denying Cameroon defender Matip from close range with a brilliant reflex save with his outstretched left boot, before Mohamed Salah fired the rebound wide.
United offered very little quality in attack although De Gea's counterpart Simon Mignolet had to smartly parry Romelu Lukaku's fierce attempt before the interval.
Liverpool dominated even more after half-time but Emre Can wasted their best chance when he volleyed over the bar from eight yards after being picked out by the impressive Joe Gomez.
The point leaves United - with nine clean sheets in their past 10 league games - two points behind Manchester City, who thrashed Stoke 7-2.
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History repeats itself
It's almost a year to the day Liverpool and United played out a goalless and drab stalemate in the same stadium, with the hosts subdued by a vintage Mourinho masterclass in defensive organisation.
Twelve months on, this game was only marginally better despite Liverpool taking the match to United with more urgency after the break than they mustered in 2016.
A year ago, United were grateful for two fine second-half saves from goalkeeper De Gea to deny Can and Philippe Coutinho.
This time the Spaniard produced a magnificent save with his foot to keep out Matip from close range on his way to his 18th Premier League clean sheet of 2017.
This was only Liverpool's third clean sheet in 13 games this season but Mourinho will have been the happier manager at the final whistle.
The visitors had just 38% of possession - a 3% improvement on their last visit - yet their dogged defensive display stopped Liverpool scoring for only the second time this season in the Premier League.
Lukaku fails big test
Lukaku started the day as the Premier League's leading scorer yet, not for the first time, he failed to deliver against Liverpool.
The powerful Belgium striker registered a shot on target - something he had not done in five of his past seven meetings against the Reds - when his compatriot Mignolet beat away his stinging first-half shot in front of The Kop.
But this was largely a game to forget for the former Everton striker, who lacked the sharpness that had helped him to seven goals in his first seven league games for United.
Lukaku managed just one touch in the opening 23 minutes and his frustration seemed to take over when he clattered into Matip and then his left foot appeared to catch Dejan Lovren - although he escaped a yellow card on both occasion.
He ended the match with 22 touches, which was reflective of his own subdued performance as well as the modest attacking ambition shown by his team-mates as United's six-match winning run came to an end.
Mane missed by Reds
Liverpool have now gone seven matches without beating United in the Premier League and were predictably hampered by the absence of Sadio Mane.
Mane watched on from the stands, nursing the hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out of action until next month.
While Salah was impressive on the right wing - especially in the opening period - the Reds missed the Senegal forward's pace, directness and finishing.
The game in general lacked real attacking fluency from either side, with neither managing a single shot on target in the second half.
Indeed, BBC Radio 5 live summariser Danny Mills labelled a "typical contest" after the international break.
"If you have seven days to work with your team you can work on creativity, fluidity and attacking intent," said the former Manchester City defender.
"If you've got two days after an international break then it's simply a case of getting solid as a unit.
"You're all weary, you've all been travelling, so you simply need to ensure you get defensively solid."
Man of the match - David de Gea (Manchester United)
'We don't score easy goals anymore'
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:
"It was a good performance, I thought worthy of three points. We were unlucky in at least two, maybe three situations - of course the big chance when De Gea made the save.
"There were a lot of good individual performances. Even when the last few games for us were not perfect, we were clear and concentrated.
"I felt the referee should have given us a penalty. Then, maybe, it was a red card with the Lukaku and Lovren situation. Two situations, with different outcomes producing maybe a different result.
"We need to be creative and brave in a situation like we are in. We don't score easy goals anymore so the biggest challenge is not to lose confidence and we haven't."
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:
"A point, in this long marathon? A point at Anfield is OK.
"In the first half we had the ball and were always compact. We had a few shots in the second half."
Klopp bosses Mourinho - the stats
- Jose Mourinho has won only one of his eight matches as a manager against Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (W1 D4 L3).
- Since Mourinho took charge of Manchester United last summer, these two clubs have won exactly same number of points in the Premier League (89).
- Liverpool and United have drawn three consecutive league meetings for the first time since 1921.
- United have equalled their best points tally after the first eight matches of a Premier League season (20 points), which they achieved in 2011/12 & 1999/00.
- Since Klopp took charge, Liverpool have won the most points in matches between the 'big six' in the Premier League (37 points).
Liverpool turn their attentions to the Champions League, with a midweek Group E trip to Slovenia to face Maribor (19:45 BST) on Tuesday.
United are also on their travels for Europe's elite competition as Mourinho returns to Portugal on Wednesday for a Champions League Group A game against Benfica (19:45 BST).
- 11SalahSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 78'minutes
- 9FirminoSubstituted forSolankeat 87'minutes
- 10CoutinhoSubstituted forSturridgeat 79'minutes
- 1de Gea
- 25A Valencia
- 12SmallingBooked at 74mins
- 18YoungBooked at 87minsSubstituted forLindelöfat 90+3'minutes
- 22MkhitaryanSubstituted forLingardat 63'minutes
- 11MartialSubstituted forRashfordat 65'minutes
- Martin Atkinson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.
Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.
Substitution, Manchester United. Victor Lindelöf replaces Ashley Young.
Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ashley Young.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Chris Smalling.
Foul by Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).
Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Roberto Firmino.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).
Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matteo Darmian (Manchester United).
Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Philippe Coutinho.
Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.