Why this photo of Romelu Lukaku v Liverpool has gone viral on Twitter

  • Kobe Tong

Manchester United versus Liverpool didn’t exactly provide the most exciting ‘welcome back’ after the international break, that’s for sure.

A point for Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho respectively isn’t exactly a bad result but it was a game of few chances on Merseyside with neither team overly impressing.

Of all people, it was Joel Matip who came closest to opening the deadlock when he forced David de Gea into one of his finest ever saves from just eight yards out.

Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic had another attempt at a long-range worldie from the edge of the area and Emre Can won’t forgive himself for a wayward header.

One man who certainly didn’t threaten to score, however, proved Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian is leading the way in the Golden Boot standings so far but practically disappeared in United’s first league clash with a fellow title contender.

Forcing a simple save from Simon Mignolet late in the first-half was Lukaku’s only moment and achievement of note.

In fact, with 30 minutes left to play, both goalkeepers had had more touches than United’s lead man.

Furthermore, Lukaku is usually criticised for his first touch yet the Liverpool game saw him slammed for a different kind of ‘first touch.’

It took the 24-year-old 17 minutes to register his first touch of the ball in the entire match, as highlighted by the stats team at Sky Sports.

Take a look below:

That very photograph has practically gone viral on Twitter. Not only does it serve as evidence for the embarrassing statistic but documentation of Lukaku actually touching the ball.

Naturally, fans will jump on any opportunity to a striker that was already being slammed the moment he arrived at Old Trafford.

He didn’t do much wrong but, then again, he didn’t do much full stop.

Do you think Romelu Lukaku will win the Golden Boot this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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