Who Impressed/Flopped In English Football’s Biggest Game: Player and Opta Stats After Manchester United Impressive Draw At Anfield

Manchester United made Liverpool look ordinary throughout their 0-0 draw. In the process, United got a 2-point lead at the top of the table.

That position though will be temporary if Manchester City wins their outstanding game.

Truthfully enough, Liverpool kept the ball better having a 66% possession but struggled to create chances against a well organized United defense.

Liverpool may have had enough time to refill and regroup but they were once again poor although you have to give credit to Ole. Liverpool just hasn’t got their rhythm and they are struggling without it.

With Robertson and Arnold having a bad day, Liverpool also suffered immensely in the attack.

United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and Liverpool with a 4-3-3.

Liverpool Opta Stats

The match itself was a story of two halves. The first half was much more cagey than the second. The first half saw Liverpool dominate both in possession and chances created. Their recent bad conversion rate played a hand in them having had a single shot on target from 9 (4blocked, 4 off target) in the first half.

The 0-0 draw also meant that Liverpool failed to score for three consecutive games in the EPL.

The bitter truth is that Liverpool front three do struggle to score against United over the years. This is just the first time in 43 games that Liverpool have failed to score while playing at Anfield.

Other Liverpool Opta Stats

– Liverpool and United have drawn 0-0 at Anfield in the league three times in the last five seasons, as many times as in the previous 48 top-flight campaigns.

– Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are unbeaten in all seven of their Premier League games at Anfield when facing the side starting the day top of the table (W3 D4).

– Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 68 Premier League games at Anfield, earning 178 out of a possible 204 points over this run.

The second half saw Liverpool scrambling to control the match as United warmed into the game as the match went on. Alisson soon became the busier of the two Goalkeepers.

Man of the Match

Well, Bruno Fernandes wasn’t brilliant in any way, his through balls were carefully blocked almost every time. He also didn’t have his normal finishing ability as he sent a shot straight at Alisson. So here comes our MOTM.

Manchester United Opta Stats

 

Other Manchester United Opta facts

– Liverpool and United have drawn 0-0 at Anfield in the league three times in the last five seasons, as many times as in the previous 48 top-flight campaigns.
– United are the first side to stop Liverpool from scoring at Anfield in a Premier League match since Manchester City in October 2018 – this was Liverpool’s 43rd such game since then.

Manchester United Players Stats

The match ratings certainly favour Manchester United who impressed at Anfield.

 

 

 

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