Reds fail to overtake Man United

English Premier League

Liverpool and Manchester United settled for a share of the spoils in a goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday.

Xherdan Shaqiri made a surprise appearance for the Reds as did Thiago Alcantara, while United went for Victor Lindelof instead of Eric Bailly in defence with Edinson Cavani named on the bench.

Liverpool began to take control in the opening exchanges through a threatening shot from Andrew Robertson followed by a rasping drive from the area by Robert Firmino later on.

The Red Devils managed to gather momentum following the half-hour mark and almost hit the front from a curling free-kick by Bruno Fernandes, but the attempt shaved the top-corner.

Defences from the two sides remained tight minutes in the second half, with a low shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a teasing attempt from Fernandes the closest both came to a breakthrough.

It prompted the Red Devils to refresh their attacking component right on the 60th minute mark, as Anthony Martial made way for the Uruguayan Cavani.

Fernandes, who looked a major threat on the side of United, carved a rare opening for his side four minutes later with a low shot outside the area but Alisson Becker parried comfortably.

The Portuguese international wasn’t done probing the home side’s goal, as his low effort in the area from a ball by Luke Shaw 15 minutes from time forced a solid save from Alisson.

Alisson stayed busy eight minutes from time as he pulled off a stunning save from close-range to deny Paul Pogba two goals in two games before parrying an attempt from Marcus Rashford later on.

In the end, a point apiece proved enough for the top-two sides as United ended the weekend as league leaders.

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