Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Five points away from the Anfield clash

Paul Pogba fights for possesion with Roberto Firmino and James Milner at Anfield

It was only the second time in Premier League history a match-up between these two sides has finished goalless - albeit United had David de Gea to thank for two or three radiant second-half spares.

Here are the key issues from the confrontation...

Both Jurgen Klopp and his chief Jordan Henderson told Sky Sports of their dissatisfaction at not achieving their top level against Manchester United. Liverpool had gone into the amusement as the most energizing group in the Premier League, with 18 objectives from seven diversions - yet they were smothered by the strategies utilized by United and Jose Mourinho.

In the primary half, United slowed down any trust the hosts had of making a quick begin. Marcus Rashford collided with James Milner at an opportune time, which was one of 10 fouls made by United players in the opening 45 minutes. Their last count of 20 was their most elevated of the season so far and disturbed Liverpool's beat.

The home side didn't have a shot until 22 minutes in, while their passing exactness - ordinarily at 84.6 for every penny - was down to 77.4 for every penny halfway through the principal half. Gary Neville and, at half-time, Ryan Giggs adulated the way Mourinho's side "quietened the group" and "baffled Liverpool".


Ashley Young indicated why he'd been chosen for his first begin in the alliance since January with his determined protective work, including a key handle on Nathaniel Clyne in his own particular punishment box just before the break, while Ander Herrera, the man of the match, likewise demonstrated train and chomp, beating the match measurements for captures (10) and handles (seven).

Be that as it may, for a miscued header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United could have left with each of the three focuses. In any case, was that approach befitting of the United way? Jamie Carragher wasn't so certain.

"That execution today evening time, I wouldn't expect that from a Manchester United group. Particularly second-half, how protective it was," Carragher said. "In any case, you'd expect it from a Jose Mourinho group. I don't believe there's anybody better in world football as a supervisor at invalidating the resistance and ceasing a group. In any case, would Manchester United fans acknowledge today evening time how guarded they were?"

David De Gea pulls off a heavenly stop to deny Emre Can

Manchester United restricted Liverpool to only nine shots on Monday, their most reduced aggregate in the Premier League this season by some separation. Be that as it may, with two of those endeavors they drew fine prevents from David de Gea.

To begin with Emre Can hit in a low, intense shot through a horde of legs from short proximity, which the Spaniard responded rapidly to, dropping on his right side to repel the ball to security.

In any case, better was to come. De Gea was at full extend to deny Philippe Coutinho with 20 minutes to play, pushing clear the Brazilian's 25-yard, best corner-bound drive with a solid right hand.

After a blunder against Stoke last time out prompted Joe Allen's equalizer, De Gea conveyed an update at Anfield of his significance. "We're taking a gander at one of the best goalkeepers in world football," said Carragher.

Roberto Firmino took up a false nine position after Daniel Sturridge's withdrawal

Since Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool in January 2013, he is second just to Sergio Aguero with regards to objectives per-minute in the Premier League. His 43 strikes have come, all things considered, at regular intervals. It's a great proportion and it's reasonable to see why Klopp would be enticed to begin the capable forward when he's fit. However, does the England global interfere with Liverpool's assaulting style?

Sturridge touched the ball only once in the Manchester United box on Monday, and didn't take one shot in his hour on the field. He touched the ball altogether only 22 times. However, when he was pulled back for Adam Lallana following a hour, it concurred with Liverpool's best spell of the diversion.

Roberto Firmino was come back to his false nine part, with Coutinho and Sadio Mane either side of him, and the Reds at last started to resemble the quick paced, between changing, energizing side found as of late.
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