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The battle of the Reds turned out to be a bit of a dampener as Liverpool and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw. The Reds were the favourites for the game but a well-drilled Jose Mourinho side ensured Liverpool did not come out of the game with the three points.

The first half was a bit of a miss for both sides as the defences stood firm and barely provided a chance to either attack. The second half saw Liverpool ramp up the pressure but David de Gea ensured nothing would get passed him.

This was a missed chance for the Reds as they knew a win could have taken them level on points at the top. Still, this is a better result than last season where they lost both games in the league.

We look back at the game and provide the ratings for the Reds.

Loris Karius – 6/10

The German goalkeeper had a few nervous moments with the ball at his feet and also stumbled to cope the aerial balls. Klopp will have to fix this issue with the keepers soon.

James Milner – 7/10

A battling performance by Milner, many expected him to be torn apart by Marcus Rashford’s pace but the Englishman did well even though he was subject to a few brutal hits.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian barely had anything to do in the game and it was an easy night for him.

Joel Matip – 7/10

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The former Schalke man did well to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet and ensured there wasn’t a lot of worries in defence. He had his physical battles with the Swede, but he gave a good fight overall.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

Clyne went up to support the attack well and had a good enough game.

Emre Can – 6/10

The German was brought in to replace Georginio Wijnaldum but could not provide the spark like the Dutch international. Can was also slowing the game down in the first half but had a great chance to score in the second which was well saved.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain was involved in a number of tussles in midfield and even though he controlled the tempo of the game, the team was stifled well by Manchester United. Also played some great crosses into the box.

Philippe Coutinho – 6/10

The Brazilian had one great chance clawed away by David de Gea but barring that, Coutinho had a disappointing game overall.

Roberto Firmino – 6/10

Firmino was one of the brighter sparks for the team and he had a great chance late on but was denied by a great tackle by Antonio Valencia.

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Daniel Sturridge – 5/10

Daniel had a horrible game and barely featured in the attack for the Reds. He was taken off mercifully but he needs to work harder if he is to keep his place in the XI.

Sadio Mane – 6/10

The Senegalese international did not have a great game, his first touch was off and his directness was missing for some reason.

Substitutes

Adam Lallana – 5/10

Adam Lallana didn’t start for the Reds but he did link up well with the attack.

Divock Origi – NA

The Belgian was brought on late for Liverpool but couldn’t really do much in the game.

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Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet

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Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.

The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.

Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.

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However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.

Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.

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Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.

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Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery

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Liverpool have confirmed via their official website that star attacker Sadio Mane underwent hand surgery on an injury he picked up during international duty.

The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.

Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.

The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.

It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.

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Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.

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Dejan Lovren is on the short-list for Barcelona ahead of the January window, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Express).

The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.

The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.

The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.

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Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.

Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.

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Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.

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