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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player Ratings and MOM

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Manchester United visited their rivals Liverpool on Sunday in the top of the table clash. To everyone’s surprise, there were no goals involved as it ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The draw means Liverpool are now on one of their worst forms, as they have gone 4 matches without a win.

Liverpool dropped points yet again despite displaying a promising performance against Manchester United. They have been dropped to the 4th position in the Premier League table after a string of uninspiring performances. Fortunately, their 68 matches unbeaten run at home in the League is still intact.

Manchester United, on the other hand, will be happy with the result despite having the chance to win the game. With the draw, United have extended their unbeaten away streak to 16 games, with 12 wins and 4 draws, one that started last January.

They remain on top for the time being with a point ahead of their derby rivals, who have a game in hand. But, there is also a troubling fact for The Red Devils. They have only scored 1 goal against the top-6 teams, that being a penalty.

The match did not live up to the hype it had created. A goal-fest was expected, but we were provided with a goalless display. United had the better chance of both teams, but a masterclass display from Alisson Becker denied them. Liverpool dominated the game but was not good enough to grab a win.

LIVERPOOL PLAYER RATINGS AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED:

ALISSON BECKER – 8/10

He was Liverpool’s saviour. He denied 2 clear chances from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba to save his team from an embarrassing defeat.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – 6/10

The highly rated full back’s performance has been fading recently and yesterday’s match showed that his drop was not temporary. The 22-year-old had a specific charm while playing, that was not visible.

FABINHO – 8/10

The defensive midfielder was shifted to the back after his team was dealt with injury blows. And he has bossed that position like he has been doing it for a while. He dealt with Marcus Rashford easily and retained possessions.

JORDAN HENDERSON – 7/10

The skipper was another player who came to the defence from midfield. He stopped Rashford in a clear goal chance brilliantly as he closed him down. Other than a few ones, the United attack didn’t test them much.

ANDY ROBERTSON – 7/10

Gave his best performance as always. He gave the attacking help from the side and even created some goal scoring chances. Most of the attacks were made from his side.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI – 7/10

He was the surprising pick in the squad as he made his first-team appearance after 1 year. But, it was all worth it. He was really impressive for Liverpool. In fact, it was him who was taking attempts to score compared to their front three.

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM – 6/10

His passes were a bit sloppy after the half-an hour mark. Mostly because of the frustration caused by the opposition. Other than that, he was neat and played crucially in the build-ups.

THIAGO – 8.5/10

The baller. Four minutes was enough for him to make an impact on the game. The best player for them on the pitch. He made his first Anfield debut and was controlling the midfield. His shot was the only proper chance in the game that forced David De Gea to make a save.

SADIO MANE – 6/10

It has become really troubling for the attack that was once really threatening. He was although the best of the front three. He made frequent runs keeping Aaron Wan-Bissaka occupied.

ROBERTO FIRMINO – 5/10

He is back to his worst form. He was really sloppy and made some regretfully decisions. His shots were all wayward and was not aware of his teammates nearby.

MOHAMED SALAH – 5/10

Just like Firmino, he also failed to make an impact. Kept rotating his position from right to left and was kept at bay by Luke Shaw and Wan-Bissaka.

SUBSTITUTES:

CURTIS JONES – 7/10

He was brilliant in the 15-minutes role he played. Will be disappointed not to have started. He replaced Shaqiri.

DIVOCK ORIGI – N/A

Bought in late in the game to make an impact.

JAMES MILNER – N/A

Cannot rate a player who came in with a minute left to play.

MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER RATINGS AGAINST LIVERPOOL:

DAVID DE GEA – 6.5/10

Thanks to the brilliant defensive display, he was not troubled. The only save that made him stretch a little bit was when Thiago took a shot from outside the box.

AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 7.5/10

Simply brilliant. He improved a lot after a few bad previous displays. His tackles were on point as he kept Sadio Mane under control. Salah was also tamed by him.

VICTOR LINDELOF – 7.5/10

His inclusion in the line-up instead of the in-form Eric Bailly was questioned by many. But he made a brilliant display without any errors. He also made a crucial clearance inside the box when Trent had drilled in a low cross.

HARRY MAGUIRE – 8/10

Looks like he is finally delivering. He was very alert o the pitch. Nothing notable was visible, but his match stats were simply amazing.

LUKE SHAW – 8.5/10 (MOTM)

Luke Shaw’s reason for rising in performance will be definitely going to Alex Telles. He himself said that Telles pushed him to be better. He was shaky at first. Other than that, there is nothing to take away from his performance. He pocketed Salah without any hassle.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY – 7/10

He was really poor in the first 20 minutes. But he improved gradually and played his part. He weakened the attack of the opposition whenever they pressed.

FRED – 6.5/10

Just like Scott, he was also struggling. Improved gradually and did what he was asked to do.

PAUL POGBA – 6/10

He has finally cemented his place in the team. He has been providing for the team with brilliant chances. Yesterday he was equally good, but his close-range miss has overshadowed his performance.

BRUNO FERNANDES – 5/10

Another display for the Portuguese magnifico to forget. He was giving away the ball very easily and made wrong decisions whenever he got the ball. His freekick was inches away from perfection but his close-range miss will haunt him.

ANTHONY MARTIAL – 6/10

He did not threaten the goalkeeper in any way. But, his linkup with Shaw was superb. He also had one such run where he eased past 3 of Liverpool’s defenders.

MARCUS RASHFORD – 4/10

Had he made the runs at the right time, the story would have been different. He recorded 4 offsides, his highest in the first half itself. He was not at all conscious of his positioning and made wasteful runs. His attempt for a knuckleball freekick was completely wasted as it hit the centre of the wall.

SUBSTITUTES:

EDINSON CAVANI – 7/10

El Matador should have been introduced earlier. He was energetic and brought life back into the attack. Won a freekick when he retained possession.

MASON GREENWOOD – N/A

Was introduced in the 89th minute.

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