Three things we learned from Liverpool – Manchester United
Liverpool v Manchester United: Liverpool's miserable run in front of goal cost first place and three points in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds were the better team for most of the game, but couldn't find a way through Harry Maguire and David De Gea, despite nearly doubling their pass attempts.
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Liverpool remain three points behind leaders Manchester United and two points behind Leicester City. Manchester City finish second and have the best points per game in the league when they beat Crystal Palace later on Sunday.
Manchester United showed little threat for 70 minutes but could have taken all the points over two dangerous jumps in the final stages of the game.
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We learned three things from Liverpool - Manchester United
1. Reds lack the edge, not the life in "golf in the class" of the first 45: Liverpool dominated the first half with 66 percent possession and a 9-1 lead, while United's complete passes were more than doubled (300-128 ). United found their standing well into the second half - more on that in Case # 2 - but Harry Maguire was the main reason the Red Devils stayed in that match. The Red Devils captain played with Fabinho dueling center-backs for 90 minutes and it can be argued that Maguire's nickname could be Houdini due to the illusion that the Red Devils and Reds had played an even match for 70 minutes.
2. United comes alive late: maybe the Red Devils planned it, maybe they are fed up with standing on their backfoot, or maybe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer figured out the answer to Liverpool but the Red Devils could well have said all of these points in the final 20 minutes as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all posed a threat to break the goalless impasse.
3. Klopp's frustration is bleeding into the players? Jürgen Klopp has had an unusual amount to do with the media this season, asking questions and creating stories on numerous occasions. Obviously, the team's on-field fights are on-field moments, but the gestures of frustration from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the second half seemed something (even in a derby). Like many of us in this pandemic, Liverpool could probably benefit from a proper vacation.
Man of the Game: Harry Maguire
Fabinho was monstrous and Alisson Becker had some incredible moments between the sticks, but Maguire is the reason United scored a point at Anfield and continues to be at the top of the Premier League: six clears, five blocked shots, three interceptions and five on five in a duel.
Liverpool - Manchester United recap
Liverpool had the best opening moments but needed a good tackle from Andy Robertson to deny Marcus Rashford an 18th-minute shot from a Fred feed.
Xherdan Shaqiri had diverted an evasive effort to launch a pair of corners which ultimately resulted in a giveaway from Paul Pogba and a hammer from Mohamed Salah over the goal.
It was all Liverpool, albeit sloppy Liverpool, when Luke Shaw drove into the middle and won a United free kick. Bruno Fernandes was close, but no.
Salah then led a rush in which Roberto Firmino was saved by David De Gea and United went the other way, only to be slowed by Trent Alexander-Arnold's run from the right flank to the left side of the box.
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United had moments in attack early in the second half with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho stepping in to thwart efforts.
Alisson saved the rare moment of weakness in his defense when Rashford and Shaw pitched Fernandes for a direct chance.
The Liverpool goalkeeper was one of the stars of the second half and saved his back a few times as Jordan Henderson's play in the center-back wasn't exactly a mistake but not a success either (despite the zero on the board).
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