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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Manchester United keeper David de Gea makes a save against Liverppol
David de Gea has managed 18 clean sheets in the Premier League in 2017

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.

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.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku was a largely peripheral figure in the game

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.

Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish - who won nine league titles at the club as a player and manager - was on the pitch before the game after having a stand named after him

"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)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp congratulates David de Gea at the end of the match
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with David de Gea at the final whistle, after the United keeper had denied the German's side with the moment of the game to deny Matip

'We don't score easy goals anymore'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd: Reds unlucky not to win - 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:

Liverpool were afraid of us - 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).

What's next?

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).



Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Mignolet
  • 12Gomez
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 23Can
  • 11SalahSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 78'minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forSolankeat 87'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forSturridgeat 79'minutes


  • 1Karius
  • 7Milner
  • 15Sturridge
  • 17Klavan
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 29Solanke
  • 66Alexander-Arnold

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A Valencia
  • 12SmallingBooked at 74mins
  • 4Jones
  • 36Darmian
  • 21Herrera
  • 31Matic
  • 18YoungBooked at 87minsSubstituted forLindelöfat 90+3'minutes
  • 22MkhitaryanSubstituted forLingardat 63'minutes
  • 11MartialSubstituted forRashfordat 65'minutes
  • 9Lukaku


  • 2Lindelöf
  • 8Mata
  • 14Lingard
  • 17Blind
  • 19Rashford
  • 20Romero
  • 38Tuanzebe
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Manchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Victor Lindelöf replaces Ashley Young.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ashley Young.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).

  10. Post update

    Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Roberto Firmino.

  12. Booking

    Ashley Young (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

  15. Post update

    Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).

  17. Post update

    Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matteo Darmian (Manchester United).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.


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