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Liverpool v Manchester United - Story of the match

Liverpool versus Manchester United again failed to live up to the hype as Jose Mourinho's safety-first policy saw him once more frustrate the hosts at Anfield.

United goalkeeper David de Gea made one brilliant reaction save from Joel Matip in the first half, but Jurgen Klopp's side failed to break down well-organised opponents.

It is a criticism which has been regularly levelled at the Reds this season but was perhaps excusable on this occasion considering the rivalry and the quality - United began the day joint top - they faced.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Make sure you catch the highlights of Liverpool v Manchester United on MOTD tonight. That's if the match editor can find some, of course" - Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) was not the only one left unimpressed by the quality of the match.

STAR MAN

David de Gea: The United goalkeeper was not threatened that regularly considering Liverpool's dominance, but he produced the save of the match at close range from Joel Matip, sticking out a foot to deny the defender.

DATA POINT

The draw was the fourth in succession between the two sides in all competitions, the first time in history that has happened.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool:

Simon Mignolet: 6

Joe Gomez: 7

Joel Matip: 7

Dejan Lovren: 6

Alberto Moreno: 6

Jordan Henderson: 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: 7

Emre Can: 7

Mohamed Salah (replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain, 75): 6

Roberto Firmino (replaced by Solanke, 87): 6

Philippe Coutinho (replaced by Sturridge, 75): 6

Substitutes:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Salah, 75): 6

Daniel Sturridge (on for Coutinho, 75): 6

Dominic Solanke (on for Firmino, 87): 6

Manchester United:

David de Gea: 8

Antonio Valencia: 6

Chris Smalling: 7

Phil Jones: 8

Matteo Darmian: 5

Nemanja Matic: 7

Ander Herrera: 6

Ashley Young (replaced by Lindelof, 90): 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (replaced by Lingard, 63): 5

Anthony Martial (replaced by Rashford, 65): 6

Romelu Lukaku: 5

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard (on for Mkhitaryan, 63): 6

Marcus Rashford (on for Martial, 65): 6

Victor Lindelof (on for Young, 90): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Maribor v Liverpool (Champions League, Tuesday October 17)

Benfica v Manchester United (Champions League, Wednesday October 18)

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