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Liverpool fail to get past Man United's parked bus at Anfield

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A brilliant reflex save by David de Gea with his right boot to deny Joel Matip was the highlight of the game as Liverpool and Manchester United played out a second consecutive goal-less draw at Anfield.

The return of Premier League football after the international break brought with it plenty of promise as Liverpool vs Manchester United highlighted the matchday card to kickstart the weekend, but like last year the game promised plenty but offered little.

Jose Mourinho predictably came to Anfield and left the isolated figure of Romelu Lukaku at the top end of the pitch, putting 9 men behind the ball happy to play on the counter-attack. That approach almost worked for the erstwhile special one as Lukaku did get a chance to put United in the driver's seat, but a good save from his Belgian compatriot Simon Mignolet denied the former Everton hitman.

Often labelled a flat-track bully, Lukaku didn't really get much service in the game, and it was Liverpool who were perpetually on the front foot, but lacked that cutting edge that the raw pace and direct play of Sadio Mane provides them.

In Mane's absence, Mohamed Salah was Liverpool's biggest threat in the final third, but the Egyptian blazed wide with the follow-up after Matip's goalbound effort had been kept out by De Gea. Salah had more half-chances, as did Liverpool, who were more of an attacking threat in the second period as United offered virtually nothing going forward and almost never got on the ball.

Emre Can flicked over after ghosting in unnoticed early in the second period, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, signed from Arsenal in the summer, offered some much needed pace and urgency after coming on, but Liverpool could not put the finishing touch on any of his crosses.

Liverpool had half a shout for a penalty after Coutinho went down in the box following some contact from Ander Herrera, but it was more hopeful than anything else.

United were disappointing in terms of their ambition in terms of this game, but it was a typical Jose Mourinho performance, one which their fans will need to get used to from a Manager, whose expertise is winning ugly, with the aberration of the early season goals likely to be more the exception rather than the norm.

Teams:

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson (c), Can, Wijnaldum; Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 78'), Firmino (Solanke 87'), Coutinho (Sturridge 78').

Subs: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.

Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Young (Lindelöf), Mkhitaryan (Lingard), Herrera, Matic, Martial (Rashford), Lukaku

Key Stats:

Possession: Liverpool 62% United 38%

Shots (On target): Liverpool 19 (5) United 6 (1)

Final Score: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United