Manchester United held on to the top spot in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) after a 0-0 draw at champions Liverpool on Sunday.
Alisson made two good saves for Liverpool, while Thiago and Roberto Firmino went close for the hosts as Manchester United remained top, two points clear of Leicester and three ahead of Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Manchester City walloped Crystal Palace 4-0 to climb to second place. This makes Liverpool fourth, pushing Tottenham Hotspur to fifth after a 3-1 win at bottom side Sheffield United.
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Victory for Liverpool would have taken them back to the top.
With Joel Matip not fit to return, Juergen Klopp played midfielder Jordan Henderson in the centre of defence and he and Fabinho kept Marcus Rashford largely at bay.
Firmino had a couple of half-chances as Liverpool were the better side in the opening 45 minutes. The second half was more open and Alisson saved well from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba late on.
At the other end, Liverpool failed to score for the third game in a row. Earlier, Tottenham moved back into the top four, thanks to a comfortable win.
Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele, with a stunning third goal, secured victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, after David McGoldrick had given Sheffield United hope.
They remain bottom with just five points from 19 games, 11 points from safety at the halfway point in the season.
“Fantastic performance from everyone today — started really well, aggressive with our press and were clinical to go 2-0 up,” Tottenham striker Kane said.
“Even in the second half, when they scored, we didn’t panic. Tanguy scored a fantastic goal and we saw the game out well, which we haven’t done in the past few weeks.”
Ndombele’s goal was the pick of the four, flicking the ball over the goalkeeper with the outside of his foot from the corner of the penalty area.
“Tanguy’s goal was incredible, the technique he had to flick that ball back over the goalkeeper was truly special,” Kane said.
“There were a couple of chances I could have done better with, the most important thing is winning games.”
McGoldrick said Sheffield United would continue to fight.
“We knew at half time we had to come out. We thought we had a bit of momentum and conceded a sloppy goal. From there they saw the game out,” he said.
“We took a backward step today, but there are a lot of games to go, we have to go again. We aren’t throwing in the towel, we keep on going.”