United stay on top, Liverpool drop to third

Liverpool increased their unbeaten home league record to 68 with a goalless draw against top of the table Manchester United.

It was manager Jurgen Klopp’s 200th Premier League match in charge – and his 100th at Anfield – but his team have now not won in four league matches and with Joel Matip not fit enough to play, shuffled Jordan Henderson into midfield, and gave Xerdhan Shaqiri his first league start for over a year, alongside Thiago who was playing at Anfield for the first time was unable to unlock Manchester United, despite controlling the midfield for long periods.

Liverpool did manage 18 shots, but their usually reliable front line had an off night only managing to get three of those on target.

United themselves did not manage a shot on target until late into the first half when Bruno Fernandes came close with a free-kick. Fernandes tested Alisson again in the second half, with the Brazilian number one producing two world-class saves to deny the Portuguese.

Both sides had the chance to take all three points towards the end, David De Gea saving well from Thiago Alcantara’s long-range effort and at the other end five minutes later Alisson reacted well to stop Paul Pogba from close range, but the clash finished goalless.

United left the pitch looking happier with the result – they stay on top on 37 points, two points clear of Leicester City, with Liverpool on 34 points in 3rd.

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