De Gea the difference as Manchester United draw at Anfield

De Gea the difference as Manchester United draw at Anfield

David De Gea defied logic to deny Joel Matip a certain goal in the star match of the week as United struggled to contain a spirited Liverpool. The Spanish safe hands reacted superbly to  thwart the effort of the Camerounian that could have turned the game in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Close to the end of the first half, De Gea’s opposite number, Simon Mignolet stood tall to save well with Romelu Lukaku clean through following a neat one-two with Anthony Martial.

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho both showed their frustrations on the touchline as the two teams lacked the quality in the final third after returning from international duty.

Coutinho tries to go past Hererra

Emre Can put a gilt-edged volley over the bar from eight yards out, while United offered little to nothing for the whole of the second half as Lukaku became increasingly frustrated.

It was only the second time United have dropped points this season.

Mourinho usually adopts a cautious approach in big away matches and he reverted to type again, stationing Ander Herrera in front of United’s back four alongside Nemanja Matic and ensuring wingers Martial and Ashley Young screened their full backs behind them.

It was reminiscent of the 0-0 between the teams at Anfield 12 months ago – Liverpool controlling possession, United happy to stifle and hit on the counter-attack – but at least there was some genuine goalmouth action this time.

De Gea’s save was stunning, sticking out his left leg to keep out Matip’s side-footed effort. Mohamed Salah then blazed the loose ball wide.

The second half was even more forgettable. While Liverpool remained on the offensive and looked dangerous whenever Brazilian pair of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho linked, the result always left much to be desired.

At the end, Liverpool would have felt that they should have taken all maximum points but the exceptional save from the ever reliable De Gea.

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