Liverpool v Man Utd ratings: Coutinho close; Pogba disappoints

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Paul Pogba: Fails to impress again for United

 

Philippe Coutinho came close but the visitors disappointed as Liverpool were forced to settle for a point against a resolute United defence.
Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can came closest for the hosts, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed wide with the Red Devils’ best chance.
Liverpool
Loris Karius: Never had a save to make but still looked shaky on a couple of occasions coming for a cross and then misplacing a simple pass. 6
Nathaniel Clyne: Tried to give Liverpool width against a packed defence but was tracked every inch of the way by Ashley Young. 5
Joel Matip: Another defender not to be really troubled and had enough time on the ball to be able to bring it out to start attacks. 6
Dejan Lovren: Comfortable enough performance from the Croatian, who had a relatively easy night against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 6
James Milner: Usual above-average performance from Milner and gave Marcus Rashford plenty to think about rather than vice-versa. 6
Emre Can: His lack of match action looked to be an issue in the first half but he improved as the game went on. 6
Jordan Henderson: Plenty of possession in midfield but few options to utilise. Solid enough. 6
Philippe Coutinho: Struggled initially in a deeper-than-usual midfield position but looked Liverpool’s greatest threat when restored to his more advanced role and his shot produced the save of the game. 7
Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League
Liverpool v Manchester United – Premier League
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Sadio Mane: Was quiet until the latter stages but did not really penetrate as Klopp would have wanted. 5
Daniel Sturridge: Not much of a supply line for him but not really on it when the ball did come his way. 4
Roberto Firmino: Busy performance from the Brazilian as always and he improved when moved into the centre-forward position in the second half. 6
Substitutes
Alberto Moreno (on for Milner, 85): No time to make an impact. 5
Adam Lallana (on for Sturridge, 60): Livened things up and provided the creative spark missing for the first hour. 7
Divock Origi (on for Firmino, 85): Not give much of a chance to break the stalemate. 5
Manchester United
David de Gea: Was the busier of the two goalkeepers but that was not saying much. Produced one brilliant save from Coutinho and another good stop from Emre Can. 7
Antonio Valencia: Held his position along the back four and did not get forward but did the job he was asked to do. 5
Eric Bailly: His physicality proved important at times but was rarely tested at close-quarters. 6
Chris Smalling: Kept Daniel Strurridge on a tight leash and ensured there was no way through the middle. 6
Daley Blind: Was fortunate to find Mane on one of his quieter days but even then did not look too convincing. 5
Paul Pogba: Failed to impose himself on a game in which his side were mainly intent on damage limitation but disappointing none-the-less. 4
Klopp Mourinho
Klopp Mourinho
Ander Herrera: Probably United’s best player, patrolling the midfield with energy and control to stifle the space. 7
Maroune Fellaini: Included to do the defensive work but was relatively anonymous. 4
Ashley Young: Spent most of his time tracking back to make a back-six when Liverpool were in possession and offered little going forward. 5
Marcus Rashford: Was never in the game from the start and rarely had a chance to run at Milner. 4
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Had United’s best – and probably only – chance but guided a far post headed back across an empty six-yard box instead of on target. 5
Substitutes
Wayne Rooney (on for Rashford, 77): Given little time to make an impact and did not.
Luke Shaw (on for Young, 90): Sent on as a time-wasting tactic. 4

 

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