Alan Shearer's damning assessment of Romelu Lukaku for Man Utd vs Liverpool

Romelu Lukaku vs Liverpool

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho were humbled by Liverpool on Merseyside.

The Red Devils were beaten 3-1 by their arch rivals, the first time they have lost to the Reds in the Premier League since Jurgen Klopp's arrival.

Sadio Mane and a brace from Xherdan Shaqiri secured the points, with Jesse Lingard somehow bringing the score level at 1-1 in the first-half.

But in the end, Liverpool's quality and determination prevailed, with United abject throughout.

The midfield was nowhere to be seen and Romelu Lukaku turned in probably his worst performance of the season - and he's had a few bad ones already in 2018/19.

The Belgian simply couldn't make the ball stick and Alan Shearer's assessment of the £75m striker was spot on after his Anfield nightmare.

Shearer wrote, per The Sun: "After two minutes, Virgil van Dijk outmuscled Romelu Lukaku to big cheers from around Anfield - then Lukaku didn’t want to know.

"He was bullied out of it by Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren and that’s nowhere near good enough.

"By the end, he was basically hiding. When you come off you need to be able to say, ‘We gave that a good go’.

Lukaku on the ball

"Someone the size and strength of Lukaku should not be bullied.

"Outclassed, perhaps, but bullied into submission? Never. Set up that way, United needed a focal point, someone to hold it up, to be big and strong — he didn’t offer any of that."

Even Jose Mourinho couldn't disagree with Shearer deep down.

Without a focal point in attack, the likes of Lingard and Marcus Rashford simply couldn't get into the game and United were constantly on the back foot as a result.

Rashford battles with Clyne

Perhaps in the January, the onus shouldn't be on acquiring a new centre-half, but on bringing in another top-class striker.

Lukaku either needs competition for his place or to be ousted from the team altogether.

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