It’s often billed as one of the biggest games of the season in the Premier League.
But in the end, Liverpool’s Saturday lunchtime clash against Manchester United failed to live up to the hype.
Both sides went into today’s North-West Derby missing a host of key players (Liverpool notably missed Sadio Mane, while Untied were without Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly).
But it didn’t stop the Reds playing some scintillating attacking-football.
Jurgen Klopp’s side fired home 19 shots in the game, with just a combination of David de Gea’s world class goalkeeping and Liverpool’s less-than-adequate finishing denying them a deserved goal.
Mohamed Salah – fresh from his World Cup qualification heroics with Egypt – and Emre Can had the best chances for the Reds, while United’s single shot on target came from Romelu Lukaku, who forced Simon Mignolet into a smart save just before half-time.
That chance aside, it was a particularly bad day at the office for Lukaku.
Liverpool managed to consistently isolate the towering Belgian, who only managed his first touch of the ball after 17 minutes and managed fewer touches than Mignolet and David de Gea after 68 minutes.
His frustration was clear to see in the opening half, with the former Everton striker lucky not to see a red card after completely wiping out Liverpool’s young defender Joe Gomez.
Having attempted to dispossess the 20-year-old near the touchline, Lukaku made a reckless swipe for the ball which caused the England starlet to collapse to the ground.
As you’d probably expect, the Anfield crowd weren’t too happy about that.
Overall, the stats were pretty damning for Lukaku in United’s first major test of the season.
No doubt the question marks over whether he can do it against the bigger sides will continue on.
DREAM TEAM POINTS:
Liverpool: Mingolet 5, Gomez 8, Matip 8, Lovren 13, Moreno 8, Wijnaldum 3, Henderson 3, Can 0, Salah 3, Firmino 3, Coutinho 0
Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 0, Sturridge 0, Solanke 0
Manchester United: De Gea 8, Darmian 8, Jones 8, Smalling 4, Valencia 8, Matic 0, Herrera 3, Martial 0, Mkhitaryan 0, Young -1, Lukaku 0
Subs: Lingard 0, Rashford 0, Lindelof 5
Booked: Smalling, Young
STAR MAN: DEJAN LOVREN