Well, that was dull!
Liverpool drew 0-0 at home against Manchester United to claim their first clean sheet of the season.
A drab affair to say the least between the two sides as one team came to play whereas the other blatantly did not. You’d be forgiven to think that we played a Tony Pulis side this week instead of next.
The Reds were very off the pace for the majority of the game. They couldn’t create chances when Man United sat everyone behind the ball and couldn’t string two passes together in the first half. José Mourinho set up to frustrate them and, quite frankly, it worked.
Man United tried to attack on the break and dominated the midfield but produced precious little with it as both teams struggled in the final third. Liverpool looked a bit better second half but only really came alive with the inclusion of Adam Lallana in the midfield.
At that point only one team looked like winning as Jürgen Klopp’s men looked back to their best in glimpses for the last 30 minutes. However nothing came of it and the shares were spoiled.
It’s quite hard to pick anyone out to be stand out performers in that match, but I’ve had a go. So here are my three stars from the game:
He’s been impressive since his transfer to Liverpool and I thought he was again here.
Matip was comfortable in possesion and didn’t let the opposition press get to him whatsoever. Throughout the match he kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet, not letting him have a sniff at goal whilst he was his marker and set up the chance from deep for Emre Can, who unfortunately couldn’t finish it off.
He’s definitely settling in well and after a long wait he’s registered his first clean sheet in a Liverpool shirt. His partnership with Dejan Lovren is flourishing well. Long may it continue!
One centre-back was impressive, as was the other. It’s quite unusual to have both central defenders on this list but I guess that shows the nature of the tie.
That aside, I thought Lovren was great at the back and looked assured when in possession. He was making clearances and putting his body on the line when need be. It wasn’t his best game, but he was certainly solid. To restrict Man United to so few shots on target is no easy task.
I think it goes without saying that this team desperately missed Adam Lallana today (and Gini Wijnaldum).
The minute he came on the pitch, Liverpool looked threatening again. He was buzzing around making tackles and pressing the opposition in their own half – basically doing what nobody else was for 60 odd minutes. If not for him, we don’t look half the team we’ve seen so far this season. If you had any doubt about his importance to this side, that last half hour proves just how crucial he is.