by JARED FIGGINS
Liverpool and Manchester United lost further ground on leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, as the two sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield.
In what was a vital game for both sides, sharing the points wasn’t going to best please Jurgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho.
However it could have been a different story had it not been for David de Gea in the United goal.
The Spaniard made two sensational saves to keep the score 0-0, as Liverpool controlled the majority of the match.
The Red Devils only managed to obtain 35% possession, their lowest ever amount since Opta started recording stats in 2003-04, but could have taken an early lead had Paul Pogba hit the target as he left-footed the ball over the goal.
Not too long after Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his shot saved by Reds stopper Loris Karius comfortably.
Attempts from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino were Liverpool’s best chances in a lacklustre first half.
United missed their best chance when Ibrahimovic somehow failed to plant a header into the goal from six yards after good work from Pogba.
Liverpool failed to find the winner in the closing moment after Antonia Valancia held off Firmino from racing off to score.
Ander Herrara was awarded the man of the match after he made 90 touches more then any other United player while Wayne Rooney did make an appearance in the closing quarter of the game replacing Marcus Rashford after he cramped off in the 77th minute.
Mourinho had an obvious game plan to throw as many men behind the ball and counter attack when possible, a ploy that worked successively at Chelsea previously. However it came to no avail this time around.
The result is only the second time these two teams have played out a 0-0 draw in Premier League history, but both clubs will be looking for more as Liverpool host West Brom on Saturday, while Mourinho returns to Chelsea for the first time on Sunday since taking over as United boss.