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Liverpool v Manchester United Live Commentary, 17/01/2021

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Liverpool are next in action in the Premier League on Thursday against Burnley at Anfield. United are away at Fulham in their next outing on Wednesday.
Liverpool and Manchester United play out a goalless draw in their Premier League clash, which allows the Red Devils to remain at the top of the table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had the better chances in the contest and will feel that they could have snatched the victory. Bruno Fernandes curled a free-kick wide in the first half before being denied by a sharp save from Alisson. The Liverpool keeper was on point again to deny Paul Pogba in the final 10 minutes to earn his team a share of the spoils. The Reds have now failed to score for the third game on the bounce and are winless in their last four matches.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
90' + 4' Alexander-Arnold takes the free-kick short to Thiago, who clips a cross into the box. Fabinho win the initial header, but McTominay boots the ball to safety.
M. Rashford
Yellow Card
Manchester United
90' + 4' Rashford brings down Jones and goes into the book. Liverpool have one final chance to send a cross into the box.
90' + 2' Pogba rises in the middle to clear Alexander-Arnold's corner. Liverpool have lacked quality in the final third today.
90' + 1' Origi probes down the right flank and he sends a low cross towards the near post that Maguire sends behind.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
M. Greenwood
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
89' Fernandes is not happy at being withdrawn and is replaced by Greenwood.
J. Milner
G. Wijnaldum
Liverpool
89' Wijnaldum makes way for the home side and is replaced by Milner.
87' United are growing in confidence towards the end of the game. The visitors are looking the more likely to snatch a winner here.
D. Origi
Roberto Firmino
Liverpool
85' Origi replaces Firmino for the home side in the final third.
84' Pogba rises from the resulting corner from Shaw to knock the ball down into a dangerous area. Alisson reacts to push it away ahead of Rashford, although the offside flag is raised against the forward anyway.
83' SAVE! Wan-Bissaka cuts a low ball back into Pogba in the box. He takes a good first touch before firing at goal. His effort has power, but it's straight at Alisson, who palms it wide of the left post.
82' Lindelof does well to clear under pressure in his own box from a dangerous low ball from Alexander-Arnold. It sparks a counter for the visitors and Rashford runs at the heart of the Liverpool defence. He has Cavani in support, but he fails to pick out his team-mate before being brushed off the ball by Fabinho.
80' WIDE! Alexander-Arnold sends a cross-field pass towards Robertson, who knocks it inside towards Wijnaldum. The Dutchman tees up Thiago for a first-time strike, but he slices his right-footed volley wide of the target.
78' SAVE! Thiago drops his shoulder to weave his way around Fred. He launches a powerful right-footed strike towards the target that De Gea beats away from goal.
C. Jones
X. Shaqiri
Liverpool
76' Shaqiri has been quiet in the second half and is replaced by Jones.
75' SAVE! Alisson denies Fernandes with a vital stop. Rashford sends Shaw down the left inside channel and he cuts a dangerous low ball back into the middle. Fernandes stabs a strike towards goal, but the Liverpool keeper spreads himself and saves the effort with his boot.
73' Firmino offloads to Salah on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to strike at goal and the shot is deflected. The ricochet almost falls for Firmino in the box, but it strikes his shin and travels through to De Gea.
72' The visitors press and win a corner down the left flank. Fernandes loops a delivery into the middle, but Pogba nods a tame effort straight at Alisson.
71' United win a set-piece on the left flank following a foul by Thiago on Rashford. However, Fernandes sends a poor cross ino the left inside channel that is claimed by Alisson with no United player in sight.
69' Mane collects a lay-off from Robertson down the left inside channel, but he clips his cross straight into the hands of De Gea.
67' BLOCK! Rashford lines up the strike from the resulting free-kick, only to hammer his effort straight into the wall.
Fabinho
Yellow Card
Liverpool
65' Fabinho brings down Cavani following a poor clearance from Alisson. The Brazilian is booked and hands United a free-kick in a dangerous position.
65' SAVE! Thiago loses out to Fred, who feeds Fernandes in the final third. The Portuguese lines up a strike at goal that bounces before Alisson, but the Liverpool keeper makes a comfortable save.
62' WIDE! Firmino works a pass into the feet of Salah in the box. He tries to force a strike through a crowd of defenders, but the eventual strike from the Egyptian travels wide of the right post after deflecting off Maguire.
E. Cavani
A. Martial
Manchester United
61' Cavani replaces Martial in the final third for the Red Devils.
59' BLOCK! Robertson raids down the left flank and whips a dangerous low ball across the face of goal. Firmino tries to convert at the back post, but Maguire makes an excellent intervention, blocking his effort with an outstretched boot. It rebounds off the Brazilian and out for a goal-kick.
57' The second half is following a similar pattern to the first period. Liverpool are seeing a lot of possession, but they are finding it tough to break down the visitors.
55' Liverpool work through their progressions in the final third. Alexander-Arnold tries a shot to nothing from 20 yards on the left flank, but his effort is saved with ease by De Gea.
54' Fernandes' corner is poor and allows the home side to break. Robertson launches a ball over the top and Salah heads it forward towards the box. Shaw sprints back and just does enough to fend off the forward to usher it back to De Gea.
53' BLOCK! Martial sends a low pass into the left inside channel for Fernandes, who shoots first time on his left foot. Fabinho tracks his movement all the way and slides in to block his attempt behind for a corner.
52' Rashford works a pass into space for Fernandes to take on Alexander-Arnold. However, the defender holds firm and brushes the Portuguese off the ball.
50' Firmino and Mane combine down the left inside channel. Mane surges past Wan-Bissaka, but the cross from the Senegalese is cleared at the near post by Lindelof.
48' Shaqiri sends a pass through the United line that is deflected and falls perfectly for Salah. However, he turns away to put it across goal on his left foot rather than striking it on his right. Mane heads towards goal, but his effort is cut out by Maguire.
46' We're back under way at Anfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be satisified with his side's performance in the first half. They absorbed pressure from the hosts before growing into the contest. Jurgen Klopp will have concerns as his team have been lacklustre in the final third once again. Liverpool need to find some answers for their sluggish play after the break.
It's all square in the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. The Reds enjoyed a fast start to the contest, but Roberto Firmino spurned their best openings in front of goal. Bruno Fernandes has come the closest to breaking the deadlock, putting his free-kick from 20 yards just past the post for the visitors. Both teams need to up the ante in the second half.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Rashford has been caught offside four times in this game already - his most in a Premier League game.
43' Alexander-Arnold tries to force a pass through the United line for Salah, but Lindelof reads the danger and clears with authority.
42' Pogba tries to break upfield, but he gets brought down by Thiago. The Spaniard avoids a booking, despite halting the counter.
40' Rashford has space down the right flank once more as he collects Wan-Bissaka's pass. He fires a low ball across the face of goal, but there's no United player there to convert. It's all for nothing anyway as the forward was offside.
39' Pogba floats a long ball over the top for Rashford to chase. Alisson scampers off his line to get there ahead of the forward. The offside flag goes up anyway, although the replay shows it was a tight call.
37' Manchester United's first shot of the game came in the 34th minute; their longest wait from the start of a Premier League game for their first attempt since their previous game at Anfield in January 2020 (40th minute).
35' Fernandes scoops a ball over the top for Rashford to chase. He opts against the strike and works a pass back to Pogba. However, the offside flag goes up late against the United forward.
35' SAVE! Salah breaks behind the United defence and runs away from Maguire. Lindelof does just enough to hold him up before Firmino takes on a strike from inside the penalty area, but his effort is tame and straight at De Gea.
34' INCHES AWAY! Fernandes bends his free-kick over the wall towards the top-left corner. Alisson scrambles across his goalline and watches the ball travel just wide of the target. Close from the Portuguese.
X. Shaqiri
Yellow Card
Liverpool
33' Shaqiri trips Shaw on the charge on the edge of the Liverpool box. The midfielder is booked and United have a free-kick in a dangerous posiiton.
32' Fabinho brings down Fernandes and hands United a free-kick. However, Maguire is caught offside from the resulting delivery into the box from Shaw.
31' Fernandes launches an ambitious long ball over the top for Pogba, but the ball skips off the surface and into the hands of Alisson.
30' Alexander-Arnold lifts a cross-field pass over to Robertson on the left flank, but the Scot sends his attempted cross straight out for a goal-kick.
28' United are well and truly on the back foot here, but the Reds have not been clinical in the final third, which has been a theme of their recent form.
26' OVER! Maguire sees his pass charged down by Firmino and that allows Mane to cross into the middle. Lindelof clears as far as Wijnaldum, whose volley is charged down by Maguire. Liverpool keep the pressure on through Shaqiri, but he bends his left-footed effort over the bar.
24' Alexander-Arnold has time and space on the right flank, but his low ball into the middle is cleared by Maguire ahead of Firmino.
22' OVER! Pogba gives the ball away and Alexander-Arnold floats a long ball over the top for Mane. The Senegalese tees up Firmino, but he sees his strike blocked by Lindelof. Salah races in from afar to latch onto the rebound, only to blast his volley over the bar.
21' WIDE! Robertson cuts in from the left flank and offloads to Shaqiri in space on the edge of the box. The Swiss pulls the trigger on a left-footed strike that Maguire diverts wide of the right post.
18' Fred bends a dangerous pass behind the Liverpool backline for Rashford. Robertson tracks back and fends off the forward before winning a free-kick to ease the pressure.
17' WIDE! Shaqiri sends a fine throughball for Mane to chase in the United box. He works an offload back to Firmino in space on the edge of the box, but he skews his left-footed strike wide of the left post.
16' Salah has a run at the United defence down the right inside channel, but Shaw and Fred double up to halt his progress.
14' Thiago unlocks the United defence with an incisive pass towards Firmino. The Brazilian twists and turns and sees his strike blocked towards Robertson. The full-back lines up a drive at goal, only to slice his half-volley over the bar.
12' Thiago skips past the challenge of Fred and tries to release Salah down the right inside channel, but his offload travels out for a goal-kick.
11' United are sitting in their shape and are forcing the home side to break them down at the back.
9' Pogba tries to release Rashford down the right flank, but the forward is caught in an offside position.
8' Thiago slides in to win the ball ahead of McTominay but gets caught on the knee by the Scot. The Spaniard winces in pain but gets back on his feet.
6' Martial and Rashford combine down the left flank, but the cutback from the Englishman towards his team-mate is cleared by Fabinho.
4' Thiago works an offload towards Alexander-Arnold on the right flank, but his low cross is blocked by Shaw and United clear the danger.
3' Liverpool work an overload down the left flank as Shaqiri and Wijnaldum combine to tee up Robertson, but the Scot scuffs his effort into the side-netting.
1' We're under way at Anfield.
Liverpool have won their last two home Premier League games against Manchester United, last winning three in a row in March 2011.
United have made three changes to their side from their 1-0 triumph over Burnley. Lindelof gets the call to start ahead of Bailly alongside Maguire. McTominay and Fred are drafted into the team in front of the back four as Matic drops to the bench along with Cavani. Martial leads the line, while Pogba moves into an attacking role on the left flank.
Liverpool have made six changes to their side from the FA Cup triumph over Aston Villa. Henderson drops back into the defence to partner Fabinho as he did against Southampton in the Reds' last Premier League game. Alisson returns between the sticks, while Alexander-Arnold and Robertson retake their starting full-back roles. Shaqiri gets the surprise nod in midfield to make his first Premier League start since December 2019. Thiago also starts alongside Wijnaldum. Klopp has his first-choice strikeforce available as Salah, Firmino and Mane spearhead the attack.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Axel Tuanzebe.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Anthony Martial.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Manchester United carry an 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League into the contest, winning their last three games on the bounce. The Red Devils were clinical to see off Burnley during the week courtesy of a fine strike from Paul Pogba. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men now need to raise the level of their game to prove that they are title challengers. Taking a positive result away from Anfield will send a statement to the rest of the Premier League.
As we approach the halfway stage of the campaign, this contest could well be defining in the race for the Premier League title. Defending champions Liverpool allowed their lead at the top to slip after a three-match winless run, losing their last Premier League outing against Southampton. The Reds made hard work of defeating a vastly understrength Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp and his men need a much-improved performance against the league leaders.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.