Jurgen Klopp’s wait for a league victory over Manchester United stretched to four games as Liverpool vs Manchester United 0-0 draw at Anfield. In front of the new Kenny Dalglish Stand, Liverpool fought tirelessly for the victory, registering 18 shots to United’s six. But a dogged defensive display, coupled with the brilliance of David de Gea kept the hosts at bay. It means Liverpool, who have not tasted victory over their fierce rivals in the Premier League since March 2014, failed to cut the gap on United, who remain seven points clear of Klopp’s side after stretching their unbeaten run to eight games. Having won six and drawn one of their opening seven league games. United were the form side ahead of kick-off but it was Liverpool who posed the greater threat throughout.
United frantically got bodies back on 16 minutes to cut out a Joe Gomez cross after Roberto Firmino had played the right-back through, before a crucial interception from Antonio Valencia dispossessed Philippe Coutinho in the area. The pressure persisted as Firmino’s low cross fell for Mohamed Salah but the Egyptian swiped at the cross before shooting wide on 20 minutes moments before he swiped at a Firmino cross, failing to turn it home from close range. On a rare venture forward, Nemanja Matic lashed a volley narrowly wide from 20 yards, but Liverpool remained on top as Joel Matip’s shot drew a sublime point-blank save from De Gea before Salah fired the rebound wide.
Premier League Liverpool vs Manchester United 12:30pm Saturday 14th October Anfield (Att: 52912)
Liverpool: Mignolet (7). Gomez (8), Matip (7), Lovren (7). Moreno (7), Can (7), Wijnaldum (7), Henderson (6), Coutinho (7). Salah (6), Firmino (8) Subs: Sturridge (5). Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Solanke (5).
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Young (8), Jones (7), Smalling (7). Valencia (7), Darmian (6), Herrera (6), Matic (7), Mkhitaryan (5), Martial (6), Lukaku (6). Subs: Lindelof (n/a), Lingard (5), Rashford (5).