Manchester United drew 0-0 with Liverpool to maintain their three-point lead over the Premier League champions.
United put in an excellent defensive display and almost grabbed all three points through Paul Pogba’s close-range effort, but Alisson saved well from our French midfielder.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the manager, had admitted during the week that his team had “not really set the world alight too many times”. They continued the trend at Anfield, wanting primarily to be difficult to beat, and yet they will reflect on having fashioned not one but two glorious opportunities to secure a smash-and-grab victory.
Opening 30 minutes of the game Liverpool rained 10 shots on the United goal and looked the better side.
The second half continued at a similar pace. Roberto Firmino came close to scoring for Liverpool just before the hour mark when Andy Robertson blazed a ball across the United goal that he was inches from tapping home.
It’s the fourth winless game for Liverpool at home turf, and the longest without one since February 2017. Liverpool also marks their third Premier League game in a row without scoring.
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“We didn’t deserve the three points because we didn’t play well enough,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially first half. We grew in the game and thought it was there to win in the second half and created two massive chances.
“We can play better than this, we know that. We can be more composed; we can have the ball more. We had to defend really often, and we gave the ball away too often. A couple of things we need to improve on.”
“There is no easy explanation [for their recent lack of goals],” Klopp said, per the Guardian. “You always miss chances. You have to keep going and try to ignore the talk around it. Everyone wants to see goals. You cannot force it.
“It’s football. These moments happen. You have moments where you can’t explain why you score from all angles. Against Crystal Palace everything ended up in the net. It’s a bit annoying in between these moments.
“I like the game. I saw a lot of really good individual performances and the team performance was good. Not the result we wanted, but the result we got.”