Liverpool and Manchester United played out an uneventful goalless draw at Anfield that kept Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side top of the table.
Manchester United kept their place at the top of the Premier League after a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Alisson denied Paul Pogba from arguably the best of the opportunities as United’s winless league run against the Reds reached five matches for the first time since 2002.
The match failed to live up to the hype – it was high on intensity, but both attacks found it difficult to pierce determined defences at Anfield.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both had efforts blocked.
An encounter of few chances saw the Red Devils extend the champions’ scoreless run to three matches, their longest such streak in the top flight since March 2005, in what was Jurgen Klopp’s 200th league game in charge.
“It was an opportunity missed with the chances we had but then again we were playing a very good side.” Solskjaer said.
“I think we grew in the game and toward the end it was there for us to win. We created two massive chances and it was two brilliant saves by the keeper.”
Solskjaer’s disappointment, though, is a sign of how far United have come in the year since they last suffered an away defeat in domestic football on their last trip to Anfield.
A massive 33 points divided the sides last season as Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to win the title.
United are now looking to end their own drought as for the first time since former manager Alex Ferguson retired eight years ago, they have forced themselves into contention on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run.
Liverpool were again without any fit senior centre-backs, forcing Jurgen Klopp into partnering midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in defence.
Yet, despite the loss of the talismanic Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to injury, it is scoring goals, not conceding them, that has been the root of the Reds’ struggles in recent weeks.
Klopp’s men have failed to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since 2005 and are now winless in their last four in the Premier League.
The result leaves United two points ahead of Leicester City in second. Liverpool, who have scored just one goal in their past four league games, are a point behind the Foxes in third.outaway from homeMore (Definitions, Synonyms, Translation)