Man Utd faced off against Liverpool this week in a match that could’ve proven vital for the title challenge.
The Red Devils would’ve hoped to extend their lead on the table but alas were held to a draw in what was an underwhelming match. Both sides failed to score a goal, ending the game 0-0.
What can we take away from this result? Let’s analyse three key points from the fixture to find out:
1. Man City Threaten to Creep up the Table
Following the draw at Anfield, the league table remains unchanged for now. United remain on top followed closely by Leicester City and Liverpool.
However, having 2 games in hand means Man City can close the gap between their derby rivals to 2 points should they win their latest fixture, and if the following game is won, the Skyblues will overtake them by a point.
2. Alisson – Liverpool’s Guardian Angel
Alisson was at his very best tonight and was arguably responsible for his side walking away with a point.
The Brazilian was precise in his distribution and very crucial when it came to shot-stopping. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were behind really dangerous shots in the second half but were thwarted away by the Liverpool no. 1.
Though the Mancunians did not exactly create a lot of chances, those 2 second-half opportunities were dangerous enough to threaten the Reds.
3. Forwards Disappoint on Both Ends
No one player can be blamed for tonight’s goalless draw – forwards of both sides failed to finish their chances and were simply not clinical enough.
United’s young attacking duo and Liverpool’s experienced trio upfront both failed to make most of the chances created for them – all delivering underwhelming performances.
This fixture has historically created memorable goals but this time it was not meant to be. Moreover, today’s draw means that the Merseyside outfit have failed to score in 3 consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since 2005.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deployed an arguably conservative philosophy this time around, his side created chances of decent quality, and despite being the better team, Jurgen Klopp’s men are doing worse on form – something he will hope to discontinue as soon as the next matchday.