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Liverpool and Manchester United played out a goalless clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams came away with points but deserved nothing from a popular game that always earns a lot of money but offers little entertainment this weekend. Diogo Dalot’s red card came too late for Liverpool to capitalize, although there was little evidence that the hosts were slow to punish United’s disobedience.

The draw leaves Liverpool in second place, one point behind new leaders Arsenal while United are seventh.

How the game went

In front of the biggest Anfield crowd since 1963, Liverpool were furious to start the game. However, Manchester United managed to fend off the early onslaught and the 57,000 packed into Merseyside suffered a shock defeat due to a dominant first half.

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Spectators didn’t have to look at Alisson’s goal, the first 45 minutes took place almost inside United’s half, but they saw the players take away their dominance with a series of bad decisions and mistakes.

United was also guilty of spoiling the show. Erik ten Hag’s side only had a limited chance to prove their inadequacy.

It took both sides more than three quarters of the contest to avoid a mistake long enough to create a goal-scoring opportunity. United were the ones to initiate the move, but Rasmus Hojlund stuck his gun into Alisson’s chest. After attempting two passes in the first hour, Hojlund could be forgiven for reacquainting himself with the feel of the ball.

With this minor challenge briefly threatening, Liverpool stopped United with a quick throw. Luis Diaz’s shot was deflected by three returning players but Darwin Nunez quickly panicked on the afternoon, surprisingly letting the ball run out to call for an attack that never materialized as an open goal was blocked.

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Dalot clearly expressed the frustration of any viewer forced to sit under such filth. Unnecessary bursts of energy during stoppage time were punished with two swift yellow cards. A fitting end to a bad match.

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Liverpool were pipped to the top of the Premier League by Arsenal before kick-off / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

GK: Alisson – 7/10 – After an hour of inaction, Alisson was alert to United’s first threat.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10 – He circled around but didn’t have his radar set up properly.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 6/10 – Striking hot on the heels of every visiting player within its many wings.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 7/10 – They are dangerous when called upon to act, hiding any impending threat.

LB: Kostas Tsimikas – 6/10 – He knows exactly what Antony wants to do every time he receives the ball and is able to prevent the Brazilian from cutting inside.

CM: Dominik Szoboszlai – 3/10 – Sieve that it has, especially in the last third of the pitch. One of Hungary’s worst performances in red.

CM: Wataru Endo – 6/10 – One of Endo’s sparkier actions, being motivated and working hard to win again.

CM: Ryan Gravenberch – 5/10 – He was brought in mainly out of the competition.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 3/10 – It has been unusual for football. The top scorer in the tournament doesn’t always look like he’s upping his record.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 4/10 – Participating a bit and forgetting the first whistle rule when the ball broke to him in the second half.

LW: Luis Diaz – 6/10 – He ran hard with the ball every time he saw a slope.

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SUB: Cody Gakpo (61′ for Szoboszlai) – 4/10 – Unsurprisingly, hell bent on taking a goal from anywhere on the pitch.

SUB: Joe Gomez (61′ for Gravenberch) – 5/10

SUB: Harvey Elliott (78′ for Diaz) – 5/10

SUB: Curtis Jones (78′ for Nunez) – 5/10

Subs not used: Caoimhin Kelleher (GK), Adrian (GK), Jarell Quansah, Conor Bradley, James McConnell

The leader

Jurgen Klopp – 5/10 – We cannot be accused of being passive. He realized the negative effects of his second half change and reshuffled his pack. Unfortunately in Germany, nothing they tried worked.

Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane was one half of Man Utd’s ninth full-back deal this season / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

GK: Andre Onana – 6/10 – He wants to play chicken with the entire Liverpool front line but his teammates can’t hang on to the ball after shooting forward.

RB: Diogo Dalot – 2/10 – He had a good fight with Diaz where both players did well but he ruined his performance with an unnecessary red card.

CB: Jonny Evans – 6/10 – He took a physical approach to marking Nunez, deftly knocking the Uruguayan off the ball.

CB: Raphael Varane – 6/10 – Playing on his unnatural side despite Erik ten Hag’s earlier rejection, Varane was forced to use his head more often than his weaker left foot.

LB: Luke Shaw – 5/10 – He gave a little later but was met by the wrong Salah enough.

CM: Kobbie Mainoo – 7/10 – The youngest player for United to start against Liverpool in the Premier League, Mainoo did not play like a timid teenager. Always, taking the ball under pressure, Mainoo was flawless but fearless.

CM: Sofyan Amrabat – 3/10 – Overwhelmed at the bottom of the midfield, actively and unsuccessfully fighting the rise of the red shirts around him.

AM: Scott McTominay – 5/10 – United’s captain on the day, McTominay had no chance of getting into the Liverpool box and didn’t risk taking part in a game that was already settled.

RW: Antony – 6/10 – The brightest player for United but he was very low. He ran after Tsimikas all the time even though he was usually close to him.

ST: Rasmus Hojlund – 5/10 – He entered life after retirement but had no medical limitations.

LW: Alejandro Garnacho – 4/10 – Being so weak, he was often knocked off the ball by gusts of wind.

Inputs

SUB: Marcus Rashford (71′ for Garnacho) – 5/10

SUB: Facundo Pellistri (82′ for Antony) – N/A

SUB: Hannibal Mejbri (82′ for Mainoo) – N/A

Subs not used: Altay Bayindir (GK), Willy Kambwala, Sergio Reguilon, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Donny van de Beek and Daniel Gore

The leader

Erik ten Hag – 4/10 – Liverpool’s huge drop in the game overshadowed many of United’s failures. Against the right opposition, Ten Hag’s side would be severely punished.

Player of the match – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

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