Scoreless Anfield stalemate keeps United on top of Premier League

Manchester United stayed top of the Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Liverpool on Sunday and extending the champion's winless run to four matches.

Liverpool haven't gone so long without a win since 2017, but Juergen Klopp's team still maintained their unbeaten record at Anfield since the same year thanks to Alisson Becker's late saves from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson pulls off a sensational save to deny Manchester United talisman Marcus Rashford.Credit:Getty

The clash between England’s two most-decorated clubs never got close to fulfilling its billing, with the best quality on show being that of Alisson.

The hope for the hosts was that Thiago, back from injury and making his first Anfield appearance for the club since arriving from Bayern Munich in September, would provide the creative spark.

The midfielder did dictate play in midfield but even his exquisite use of the ball could not unlock a well-drilled United formation.

But he was not helped by some distinctly poor and wayward finishing from Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri — in his first league start in 13 months — and Andy Robertson.

Andy Robertson could have done better with Liverpool trying to break a three-match malaise.Credit:Getty

United played well within themsleves, content to run holding patterns and wait for a Liverpool mistake, and as a result did not have their first shot until the 34th minute when Fernandes whipped a free kick just wide.

Fernandes seemed to be the only United player testing Alisson, with the Brazil international saving twice in the second half — the second a good block from close range.

Thiago forced the under-employed De Gea to palm away his strike from distance before Alisson produced the stop of the evening to turn Pogba’s drive for a corner.

"They were dangerous on the counterattack, they’re dangerous away from home," said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who was deployed further back in central defence. "We knew it would be a tough game but, like I said, I thought the performance level was really good, counter-pressing, winning the ball back quickly was good.

"They're always going to have one or two moments, but I think it's about trying to limit that and I felt as though we did that today. Overall we'll be disappointed not to take the three points."

Ndombele magic guides Spurs to easy win

Tottenham Hotspur's record signing Tanguy Ndombele conjured a moment of magic to seal his side's 3-1 victory at bottom club Sheffield United.

Spurs had just seen the commanding lead given to them by Serge Aurier and Harry Kane halved by David McGoldrick's header on the hour when Ndombele struck with an audacious flicked lob.

It was a timely goal for Jose Mourinho's side as McGoldrick's effort revived memories of numerous points they have dropped from winning positions this season.

Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele in action against Sheffield United’s John Fleck.Credit:Getty Images

This time, however, they made no mistake to record only their second win in seven league games.

Tottenham had looked commanding in the first half with Aurier heading in from a corner after five minutes and Kane's clinical finish doubling their lead in the 40th minute.

In the end it was a routine win, but there was nothing ordinary about Ndombele's fifth league goal for Spurs.

When Steven Bergwijn popped a ball over the top of the United defence, Ndombele was moving away from goal on the left side of the penalty area.

There appeared no way he could produce an effort on goal but with the outside of his right foot, and with his back to goal, he lifted the ball back over himself and over home keeper Aaron Ramsdale into the far corner.

"Tanguy's goal was incredible, the technique he had to flick that ball back over the keeper was truly special," Kane, who bagged his 12th league goal of the season, said.

"Anyone who can put a good spell together (is in the title race), that's why it has been disappointing and frustrating for us dropping points from winning positions."

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