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Jose Mourinho frustrated Liverpool once more as the Reds were unable to break down his blanket defence in Saturday's 0-0 draw. Liverpool bossed the game and had most of the chances, but yet again they were unable to turn dominance into goals and two more points have been dropped.


Considering their poor run of results it is encouraging that Liverpool's players do not seem to have allowed it to knock their confidence and their performance level remains high. They played very well in this game and defensively they were excellent in stopping United from launching any dangerous counterattacks.


The lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is killing Jurgen Klopp's team right now.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- There can be few complaints with the starting lineup or how the team was set up, but taking off Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho was strange and will have gone down far better with Manchester United fans than Kopites.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Simon Mignolet, 7-- Only called into action once but thankfully he was up to the challenge and denied his compatriot Romelu Lukaku with a fine save in the first half. Had nothing else to do.

DF Joe Gomez, 8 -- Excellent from the youngster. Kept the dangerous Anthony Martial quiet and when the Frenchman was replaced by the equally dangerous Marcus Rashofrd, Gomez shut him down too. Much better in possession than he has been recently too.

DF Joel Matip, 7 -- Composed display, carried the ball out of defence on several occasions and came closest to scoring when he forced a brilliant save from David De Gea. Should have done better with a late header that he put over the bar though.

DF Dejan Lovren, 7 -- Battled hard with Lukaku and generally had the upper hand with one exception when he was turned by the striker in the first half. As with Matip, should have done better with a late header in front of the Kop that he failed to keep down.

DF Alberto Moreno, 8 -- Combative, determined display from the little Spaniard who won far more headers than a man of his diminutive stature is entitled to. Defended well throughout, kept his concentration and provided a useful outlet on the left.

MF Jordan Henderson, 7 -- Disciplined showing from the skipper who kept his passing simple and spent much of the game patrolling in front of his centre-backs to stop Lukaku getting on the ball. Late on he was the one pressing United's midfield high up the pitch as he led by example.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 7 -- So often the man for the big occasion, Wijnaldum started the game in blistering fashion and was involved in almost everything good Liverpool produced. His impact waned in the second half but he was strong in possession and used the ball efficiently.

MF Emre Can, 6 -- Put himself about but with little reward. Couldn't hit the target with a close range effort in front of the Kop and then shot tamely at De Gea following a surging run from deep.

FW Philippe Coutinho, 7 -- Lots of nice twists and turns to make space for himself in midfield, but found it tough to pick his way through United's packed defence. Withdrawn late on, when perhaps it would have made more sense to move him back into midfield.

FW Roberto Firmino, 6 -- Worked hard and linked well with teammates but Liverpool's lack of a proven goal threat at centre forward is proving costly right now. Firmino does a lot of good things but he's no Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero.

FW Mohamed Salah, 7 -- Tormented Matteo Darmian in the first half and always looked the most likely to make a breakthrough. Darmian had more cover from team-mates after the break and the Egyptian wasn't as much of a factor, but it was still surprising to see him substituted.


FW Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, N/R -- Lively cameo. Direct and purposeful and was going past Darmian with ease. Deserves to start more games now in the absence of Sadio Mane.

FW Daniel Sturridge, N/R -- Made no impact whatsoever.

FW Dominic Solanke, N/R -- Only on the field for a few minutes and probably should have been given longer. His ability to find space in the penalty area and attack the ball is something Liverpool could certainly use at the moment.

Dave Usher is one of ESPN's Liverpool bloggers and the founder of LFC fanzine and website The Liverpool Way. Follow him on Twitter: @theliverpoolway.

Jose Mourinho has said Jurgen Klopp played a part in ensuring a second straight goalless draw between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield.

Klopp said afterwards Mourinho "had wanted a point" while insisting his team "had wanted three points."

In a repeat of the last season's fixture, United could only manage one shot on target, although that was a good chance that fell to Romelu Lukaku.

Former United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said Liverpool's ambition to win the game had been "measured."

Mourinho went a step further and questioned why Klopp had not shown the adventure to replace one of his three central midfield players with another attacker despite United fielding just two in Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera because of injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick

Mourinho told Sky Sports: "In the first half, while we had energy in our midfield, we were very much in control. We had no problems and they had one chance. Apart from that we had total control.

"When they had the balls they didn't find any solutions. We had a great chance with Lukaku and a couple more.

"In the second half, I was feeling that I need my bench and I had no bench. I need to play against Henderson, Can and Wijnaldum with power and energy and no power, no energy.

"We were playing with only two midfield players and nobody else to compensate that. So progressively we were losing some control and they were having a little bit more initiative and in the end, a point.

"Pogba, Fellaini and Carrick are three midfield players that we don't have. They played 90 minutes with Can, Henderson and Wijnaldum. I thought, playing at home, seven points behind us, they are going to change but they never did.

"They kept three midfield players in the centre of the pitch and I had no chance to answer."

Mourinho is likely to face more criticism for the way he approached the trip to Anfield but the United manager insisted it was a "positive" result.

It maintains their unbeaten start of the season with games against Tottenham and Chelsea to come in the next three weeks.

Mourinho added: "It is easy for the experts to speak but it is more difficult when you are on this side. Liverpool midfield was really strong and they never changed for 90 minutes.

"I had no chance to bring the game in another relation so I think it's a positive point for us. We controlled them and it was quite frustrating for them."

David De Gea was United's stand-out player after conjuring a fantastic reaction save to deny Joel Matip in the first half.

He said: "It's instinct. The ball is so quick but I got my foot and saved the ball so, good.

"Every save is important, especially here at Anfield. It's one point for us and we have to keep going."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

Jurgen Klopp says the defensive approach Manchester United adopted at Anfield in Saturday's goalless draw would perhaps not be tolerated at Liverpool.

Liverpool possessed more of an attacking threat in the encounter on Saturday afternoon, but failed to convert their dominance into goals.

The result means Liverpool have won just once in their last eight matches in all competitions, while the seven-point gap in the Premier League between them and United remains.

When asked by Sky Sports whether he was frustrated with Jose Mourinho's setup, Klopp said: "It's not my right to be frustrated.

"I'm sure if we would play like this then we could not do it at Liverpool, but obviously in Manchester it's OK. I don't judge this, it's all OK.

"We have to think about our performance, our situation and it's not worse. Yes, we wanted to win, 100 percent. We were working for it. All the subs were quite offensive. There were a lot of brilliant individual performances in a really difficult game.

"But again, sometimes to open it you need a bit of luck. First of all, you need to continue working really hard and then, at one point, it will happen."

Klopp believes Liverpool's display should have been enough to see them pick up victory, while adding that he felt United would be entirely satisfied with a draw.

"The performance was worth three points," he added. "We were the better side, the more active side. I think Man United came here and wanted a point. They got it and we wanted three points.

"Everybody knows it's quite difficult when a top-class team like Man United has that defensive approach. You will not have 20 chances, but we had enough clear [chances].

"I'm happy about big parts of the performance. I said to the boys after the game: 'We've already decided to take hard way when we joined Liverpool, so we have the hard way.' Let's carry on.

"So far we have only lost one Premier League game. It's not exactly what we wanted but obviously everybody could see we're not miles away from Man United, even when they have a few more points.

"When we [next] play against them maybe they probably can't play this style again and maybe we have more gaps to use."

Joel Matip had the best chance of the game in the first half, only to see his low effort denied by a quick-reaction save from David De Gea.

The centre-half admits he was taken aback to see the goalkeeper produce a save from close range, but rued his missed opportunity to potentially win the game.

"It was a great save from De Gea," Matip said. "We had some opportunities, like my one -- I have to score and then maybe we win this game. I was a little bit surprised. I have to score, but his reaction was brilliant.

"We had a lot of possession and created one or two chances. I think we had more of the game, but it doesn't matter. That's the result and it's OK. We can live with this."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

Manchester United's performance in their 0-0 draw at Liverpool was one the purists most feared and Jose Mourinho -- with a hint of relish, one suspects -- helped to deliver it.

This was an ultra-conservative performance from United which was out of keeping with all their recent outings, but which remained true to Mourinho's attitude towards big games away from home. Romelu Lukaku could and perhaps should have scored the winner, but that would have been unfair on the home side, and it speaks volumes that United's leading players by far were those in defensive roles.


David De Gea again showed supernatural reflexes to make a first half save that was beyond belief, and Ander Herrera, though inhibited going forward, put in a defensive shift of the greatest industry.


Lukaku was isolated most of the match, due to the lack of service from midfield, and the wide players behind him had little more luck. United sat deep and allowed endless pressure, a risk which just about paid off.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- The rating is for results and not for style, which is just as well. This was the most defensive of outings from Mourinho's United side, going beyond even the 0-0 draw at Anfield last season. A point, in the long run, may be a good outcome, but it is difficult to know if Liverpool were there for the taking. As unreliable as their defence often is, United did not ever really try to take them.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 9 -- Made an exceptional first half save with his foot, watching the ball on to his outstretched boot as it seared in from close range. Handling and distribution excellent throughout.

DF Antonio Valencia, 6 -- Much more reserved than usual, rarely going forward -- this must have been as a result of tactical instruction. Conceded the ball surprisingly often, which was partly due to the lack of options ahead of him.

DF Phil Jones, 8 -- Passed the ball very well and was not caught lunging in when the opposition had possession in dangerous areas. Shepherded his man away from danger as he has done so often this season.

DF Chris Smalling, 6 -- Completed all of his passes, but there were only 23 of them, which suggests what kind of game he had -- mostly a rearguard action, where he was continually clearing his lines. Was unable to build play from the back.

DF Matteo Darmian, 5 -- An outing that more often than not induced anxiety for many watching supporters. Rarely looked composed and was drawn out of position, and failed to provide support in attack for Anthony Martial.

MF Ashley Young, 5 -- Did not get forward remotely as well as he has in previous matches, unable to beat his man in wide positions and also unable to deliver dangerous balls into the box. Diligent but ineffective.

MF Nemanja Matic, 7 -- Had a substantial workload and looked outnumbered on several occasions, at one point bringing the ball out of defence only to find himself surrounded by four Liverpool players with no passing option. Not his most effective game, but not his fault in these circumstances.

MF Ander Herrera, 7 -- This was the stereotypical "dogged display". Some of his passing was uncertain, but he put in a remarkable amount of defensive work, making no less than nine tackles. He was essentially a centre-back in midfield, but performed that task to the letter.

MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 5 -- Isolated, and for the most part invisible. There was a systemic problem which stopped him from getting as involved in the game as he should have done, but elite attackers should create more on their own. He, unfortunately, did not.

MF Anthony Martial, 6 -- It is unfair to say that Martial played poorly as such, simply because he was the only attacking threat down his flank and was thus easy to nullify by marking in numbers. Barely managed to make significant headway in attack, apart from one intricate passing move that almost led to a goal from Lukaku.

FW Romelu Lukaku, 6 -- He will receive criticism for not scoring his team's best chance, a drive which he hit far too close to Simon Mignolet. He should have scored that, but his work rate -- he made several good runs -- was not rewarded with possession, and he touched the ball only 22 times. At times he looked stranded, which is by far the worst use of his talents.


MF Jesse Lingard, 6 (for Mkhitaryan) -- The first confirmation that Mourinho would be settling for a 0-0 draw, as he added energy and defensive discipline but little creativity.

MF Marcus Rashford, 6 (for Martial) -- Was typically direct but his quick feet did not bewilder his opposite man, who stood off him when needed and got tight when approached at the byline.

DF Victor Lindelof, N/R (for Young) -- Brought on to run down the dying seconds of the game, and was not significantly involved in the play.

Musa Okwonga is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow on Twitter: @Okwonga.