Date published: Sunday 24th February 2019 4:02
Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League after earning a point in a 0-0 draw at an injury-hit Manchester United on Sunday.
A game high on effort and application was lacking in quality and goalscoring opportunities as neither goalkeeper really had a notable save to make.
The point sees Jurgen Klopp’s men hit the summit again, with rivals Manchester City facing Chelsea in the League Cup final later on Sunday, while United – who were hit by injuries again – were outstanding defensively and thoroughly deserved their point.
A first half of little goalmouth action actually provided plenty of problems for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the United boss was forced into three changes.
Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, who had himself come off the bench to replace Mata, all limped out of the action, while Roberto Firmino did likewise for the visitors to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
United were the better side at the start of the second period, despite also carrying a clearly struggling Marcus Rashford, although clear-cut chances remained at a premium.
Klopp made an attacking change with 18 minutes to go when Xherdan Shaqiri replaced an unhappy Jordan Henderson, as he looked to breathe life into a struggling Liverpool attack.
United had a goal correctly ruled out for offside when Smalling just nudged ahead of his marker from a free-kick and his cross was turned into his own net by Joel Matip. He was off, but only just.
A hugely disappointing Mo Salah was hauled off with 11 minutes to go, after being well marshaled by Luke Shaw throughout, and a poor quality game ended with a goalless outcome.