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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool Fc failed to climb back to the Top of the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw by the visitors Manchester United Fc.

Joël Matip was absent from the Liverpool Fc (The Reds) Squad that faced the visitors Manchester United Fc (The Red Devils).

The Cameroonian is currently working his way back to Full Fitness. As such, Captain Jordan Henderson was partnered with Fabinho in the heart of the Defence.

Jürgen Klopp made just one change from the side that lost to the hosts Southampton Fc.

Instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Xherdan Shaqiri was named in the Midfield alongside Thiago Alcântara and Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds were quick to get off the blocks with Thiago and Shaqiri being able to find their groove playing in a 4-3-3 Formation.

A through ball from Shaqiri in the 17th minute was neatly teed up by Sadio Mané for Roberto Firmino but the Brazilian blazed his shot wide to the left of the post.

With the Reds dominating the possession as expected, the Visitors looked to threaten to score from their limited opportunities.

Bruno Fernandes came close to scoring from his Direct Free Kick but his shot narrowly as the ball sailed past the left top corner of the net in the 34th minute.

Just moments after that, another chance went begging as Firmino tamely shot the ball straight to David De Gea following a neat assist from Mohamed Salah.

Henderson and Fabinho swapped from Right Centre Back to left during the game. Also, Salah and Mané swapped their positions in a bid to score.

The Reds misfiring forwards looked threatening throughout the First Half but were let down by their poor finishing.

So it is no doubt that the team that felt more relieved was obviously the Red Devils as the First Half ended at 0-0.

The Red Devils came close to scoring as Bruno Fernandes fired his shot but the ball went straight to Alisson Becker after an assist from Anthony Martial in the 53rd minute.

Firmino continued misfiring as in the 55th minute the Brazilian shot straight to David De Gea following an assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Alisson came to the Reds rescue in the 65th minute as the Brazilian denied the shot Bruno Fernandes after an neat assist from Luke Shaw.

Shaqiri was replaced by Curtis Jones in the 76th minute in an attempt to win the game.

In the 81st minute, Firmino missed his shot after an assist from Salah.

Alisson again denied the Red Devils with a brilliant save to deny Pogba in the 83rd minute.

Divock Origi replaced the ineffective Firmino in the 85th minute and James Milner replaced Wijnaldum in the 89th minute.

With both sides unable to break the deadlock, the Match ended 0-0.

The result meant that Reds has now failed to score for the third game in a row and are four games without a win. 

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 8: Had nothing much to do during the First Half but made 2 Brilliant saves to deny the Red Devils during the Second Half.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6: The young Englishman form has taken a dip. His deliveries have been poor but still defended well when needed.

Fabinho – 7: Brilliant positioning and timed his tackles well. Marked Marcus Rashford well throughout the game.

Jordan Henderson – 6: Playing in an unnatural position, the Captain looked uncomfortable dealing with the threats from Rashford and Martial but remained solid.

Andrew Robertson – 6: Much of the Reds attacking play came from his flank but his deliveries and shooting was not up to mark.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5: Looked largely anonymous and improved slightly better during the Second Half but was unable to surge forward.

Thiago Alcântara – 7: Playing his First Home Match; the Spaniard dictated the tempo of the game brilliantly, oozed class throughout the Game with incredible range of passes and had a shot that was saved by De Gea during the Second Half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7: For a Player with limited opportunities, the Swiss International played very well. Looked lively, pressed away and defended when needed especially by copping a Yellow Card for the side.

Forwards:

Sadio Mané – 5: Probably the best among the Front Three in this Match. Caused problems for Aaron Wan-Bissaka but couldn’t get behind the Visitors Defences.

Roberto Firmino – 5: His contributions to the side are unquestionable but missing Goal scoring opportunities has become regular for the Brazilian. Looked sloppy, missed opportunities to score in this game, poor decision making by trying to score with a teammate open and clearly short on confidence.

Mohamed Salah – 5: Subdued performance from the Egyptian as Luke Shaw especially clearly had the measure of the Egyptian. Had a few shots but none of them caused any concerns for David De Gea.

Substitutes:

Curtis Jones – N/A: Replaced Shaqiri. Nothing much can be expected from the youngster who is just playing to build his experience.

Divock Origi – N/A: Was brought on to replace the ineffective Firmino. Not enough time to make an impact.

James Milner – N/A: Brought on to replace Wijnaldum and ensure that the Reds do not concede a Late Goal.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 5: Misfiring forwards, injured Centre Backs and overly utilising inexperienced youngsters surely means worrying times ahead for anyone connected with the Club.

Klopp made some questionable substitutions in today’s game by overlooking Takumi Minamino. Firmino has been misfiring for quite some time.

Perhaps the misfiring Brazilian should have been taken off much earlier during the Second Half and brought on Minamino instead.

The Reds lack of a consistent Goal Scorer was clearly exposed after Diogo Jota’s knee injury during the FC Midtjylland away Fixture.

Things are not looking good for the Reds at the moment and more difficult Fixtures await them.

Klopp will need to quickly address their Goal scoring issues.

 

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