Liverpool vs Manchester United player ratings: Ander Herrera and David De Gea stand out on frustrating night

It's The Independent's player ratings on a dull night at Anfield

Jack Austin@jackaustin_1
Monday 17 October 2016 22:12

Liverpool and Manchester United finished goalless as a tense derby failed to live up to the pre-match hype.

The 197th instalment of this fierce rivalry had been dubbed 'Red Monday', with Jose Mourinho's first visit to Anfield as United manager and the hosts' fine form adding extra intrigue to an already mouth-watering clash.

However, the match failed to live up the anticipation as the sides fought out a largely turgid encounter, with a pair of second-half David de Gea saves frustrating Jurgen Klopp's men as the match ended 0-0.

It was the first domestic draw between the sides in five years and their first scoreless meeting since September 2005.

The outcome looked a distinct possibility from the outset as fouls broke up the play, with few moments of note in a dull first half under the Anfield floodlights.

Liverpool improved after the break and would have snatched victory was it not for De Gea, who followed a fine save to thwart Emre Can by denying Philippe Coutinho from 30 yards.

Additional reporting by PA.

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