Liverpool missed another opportunity to close the gap on a top four place, failing to take their chances and capitalise on a quality performance against rivals Manchester United. Instead, David de Gea saved the Red Devils, allowing them to get a smash and grab a 1-0 victory at Anfield.

Despite defending well and dominating the match, even creating multiple chances, the Reds continued to lack cutting edge up front. The combination of United’s world-class keeper, Liverpool’s inability to score, and set-piece shortcomings opened the possibility of a sucker punch, which came from none other than Wayne Rooney in the 78th minute.

It all made for a frustrating afternoon at Anfield. Even if Liverpool continue to show signs of improvement, there is a gulf in quality that cannot be closed quickly enough. Securing results remains a challenge for the Reds.

Here are four findings from the match.

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