The home side struggled to build any sort of attacking momentum against the dogged Red Devils, whom Jose Mourinho clearly set up with a focus on defensive organisation and discipline.
Despite boasting 65 per cent of possession, Jurgen Klopp’s men were forced to settle for a point, leaving them in fourth position on the league table.
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One man who will likely be more frustrated than most that Liverpool could not find a way past the visitors is Daniel Sturridge – who endured a less than flattering performance at Anfield.
Klopp, however, believes the result was underpinned by than just the mediocre performance of the England international.
“It was a really difficult game for a striker, the way we played it wasn't easy to enjoy for a striker,” he said, per the Mirror.
“In the first half Phil made a brilliant run and wanted to pass to Daniel but Mane was free on the right.
“We had a really good attitude, the players worked really hard and tried everything, but only with the wrong tools.”
The German boss could be forgiven for relenting the Reds’ failure to find the back of the net against United, though he claims the manner in which his players went about trying to break down United is pleasing.
“It was clear there would be a lot of high balls so we needed to make pressure high to stop the likes of Smalling and Blind playing long balls,” he said.
“When Fellaini is immediately in our last line and Pogba and Ibrahimovic are there it's difficult to defend. But we did that really well.
“I don't remember a lot of chances for them. It's not that United only played long balls. It was just one thing they wanted to do.”
It goes without saying the stalemate was a huge disappointment – not least because it is the first time in more than a decade since a Liverpool and United fixture last failed to produce a goal.
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