As it happened: Liverpool 0-0 Man United

Premier League
Saturday 14 October 2017 - 12:30 pm
Anfield
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0Man Utd
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74'Smalling
87'Young
Possession %
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Total Shots
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Shots on Target
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Shots Blocked
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Offside
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Liverpool welcome Man Utd in the first of the weekend's Premier League games following the international break.

United, currently joint top of the Premier League, have started the season well however this will be their first meeting of any side in the current top ten of the division.

The reds have lost just once in their opening 7 games, but have had 3 disappointing draws that have meant they have taken 12 points so far.

Sadio Mane suffered an injury over the international break that will render him out for at least a month so the reds have a lot to do today - and a lot of improvement to make to get back on track.

As it happened...

11:27 UK
Kenny Dalglish stand

The Centenary Stand, formerly Kemlyn Road, has been renamed the Kenny Dalglish stand ahead of today's big game

11:34 UK
Confirmed Liverpool team

Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Coutinho, Firmino.

Today's LFC subs are:

Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.

11:42 UK
And them..

Here's how United line up today

Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku. 

Subs: Lindelof, Mata, Lingard, Blind, Rashford, Romero, Tuanzebe.

11:56 UK

Liverpool wearing the 'Seeing is Believing' logo on the front of their shirts today.  A foundation created by club sponsors Standard Chartered.

12:07 UK

Dejan Lovren asked whether the international break makes preparation more difficult.

'You cannot have excuses after a game like this', is his response.

'You have to show that you want it and that you are not afraid.

'If we win this game we are back near the top again.  We are ready to beat Man United.'

12:12 UK

David Moyes, the former Everton and Man United boss with a bit of artistic licence about his time at Everton.

Any game at Anfield is always intense but especially if you are manager of Everton or Manchester United.

The Liverpool-Manchester United is a big thing, it was a big game for me at United and I lost 1-0 – Daniel Sturridge scored from a corner - even though we played well. It is a different United team that goes to Anfield now, they will go there with a lot of confidence but it is not an easy place to go.

My record at Anfield was never great but at the end of my time at Everton, we topped them, we overtook them in the league.

12:22 UK

Kenny Dalglish and Jurgen Klopp exchange handshakes in the tunnel ahead of kick off. 

The former Liverpool boss didn't want the renaming of the stand to take place ahead of today's game because he didn't want to be centre-stage - hence why it was performed yesterday.

The sprinklers are giving the Anfield pitch one final coating. It's a fairly warm October day at Anfield.

12:31 UK
KICK OFF

We're underway at Anfield.  Liverpool kicking towards the Anfield Road.

12:33 UK

2' Two early corners for Man Utd in front of the Kop followed up by an ambitious shot by Matteo Darmian which goes wide.

12:37 UK

5' Anders Herrara appears to have been tasked with keeping a close eye on Phil Coutinho.  The Man Utd man brings down the Liverpool man outside the box but the reds get no joy from the free kick.

12:39 UK
Promising from Wijnaldum

8' A decent start by the Liverpool midfielder.  He's been picking the ball up in midfield and running at pace with it forward - freeing up the other attackers to look for space.

12:41 UK

10' And now Joel Matip goes on a big run forward.  He's made it close enough to have a shot as well...

But it goes over the crossbar.

12:45 UK

15' Wijnaldum with a shot from distance - easily captured by David de Gea.

12:51 UK

20' That was a chance!  Firmino's cross takes a deflection that just takes it out of the path of the incoming Salah.  The Egyptian has been the best player on the park so far.  Liverpoo dominating possession but United sitting deep and awaiting their chances.

12:53 UK

22' United win a free kick in a dangerous position at the corner of the box but Salah is there to head it away.

12:55 UK

24' Lukaku weaves up and down the touchline - Lovren is trying to hold him at bay.  Eventually the United forward does get the cross away but it's overhit.

13:03 UK

30' Man Utd parking the bus - aiming for the counter-attack, not surprising given it's Mourinho but it is a bit surprising considering the start they have had.  Liverpool's chances have just not been clear cut enough.

13:05 UK

33' Salah fires wide as the reds regain the ball from the corner.  That followed a great save by de Gea to deny Joel Matip.  Good pressure from the reds.

13:07 UK

38' Lukaku should have been booked there for taking out Joe Gomez.  Referee Martin Atkinson somehow fails to produce the yellow card.

13:09 UK

13:18 UK
HALF TIME

A little altercation between Lukaku and Lovren towards the end of the half but the ref blows his whistle and in a game so far of not many clear chances - it remains 0-0.

Two good saves in the half to keep the scores level.  Mignolet denying Lukaku and David de Gea's leg denying Joel Matip.

13:31 UK
Second half underway

It's 0-0 at Anfield - reds kicking towards the Kop in this half.  Can the famous stand suck in a goal?

13:36 UK

48' Salah takes a Liverpool corner but it hits Ashley Young who wasn't  anywhere close to 10 yards away.  Referee misses the foul.

13:40 UK

52' The ball is sent through by Coutinho for Firmino, but he's a couple of yards offside as he fires at de Gea.

13:43 UK

56' Joe Gomez sends over the cross and Emre Can puts the opportunity over the crossbar.  That was a good chance - Liverpool have started this half well.

13:50 UK
Sub for United

63' Mkhitaryan goes off and is replaced by Jesse Lingard for the visitors.

13:52 UK
And another sub

65' Two minutes later, slowing the game down again, and Mourinho brings on Rashford for Martial.

13:58 UK

72' A lot of energy has gone out of this game now.  Salah still at the heart of most of LFC's good moves but both sides nullifying each other.  

Liverpool guilty at times of looking for the perfect goal.

14:00 UK
Yellow Card

74' Chris Smalling handed the games first yellow card for a foul on Coutinho.

14:04 UK
Double subs for the reds

78'  Sturridge and Oxlade Chamberlain come on, with Coutinho and Salah making way.

14:13 UK
Final reds sub

86' Dominic Solanke comes on for Roberto Firmino with a few minutes remaining of the game.

14:16 UK

89' Last chance corner for the reds.  Nobody rushing over to take it!

3 minutes added time.

14:19 UK
Sub for United

92' Ashley Young off Victor Lindelof comes on for his first Premier League minute.

14:26 UK

Liverpool 0-0 Man United

The reds will probably feel the worst with that point.  Man United may be top of the table with a +20 goal difference but there didn't seem a gap between the sides today at Anfield.

14:36 UK
Thanks for joining us

Next up for the reds is a trip to Slovenia to take on Maribor in the Champions League.

The reds will be aiming for all 3 points there to take control of qualification.



  • Mike the man

    This could be just what we needed after some below par performances. Back at Anfield – up against a team who are expected to steamroll us. Come on redmen!