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Richard Keys clashes with Dwight Yorke after making a sarcastic remark about Manchester United following Liverpool’s draw

Liverpool dropped points at Anfield for the first time this season with a wretched 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had won all 11 of their previous home games across all competitions, racking up 35 goals in the process, but scarcely looked like extending their winning sequence with a desperately underwhelming display.

The deafening pre-match buildup surrounding the latest meeting between England’s two most successful clubs revolved around the likelihood of another Liverpool thrashing. As United were constantly reminded, their last trip to the red half of Merseyside in March ended in a 7-0 humbling.

However, a goalless and joyless first half did not point towards either side combining for seven shots on target let alone seven goals.

Liverpool dominated territory, possession and the shot count, limiting United to one touch inside their box throughout the first half. Yet, Klopp’s side did not deliver the “full-throttle performance” that their manager had demanded pre-game.

The interval didn’t spark any noticeable improvement. Klopp’s substitutions have altered plenty of matches this season and the Liverpool boss rattled through the changes but no combination that he sent out managed to rise above the ineptitude drenched across the pitch. A far more passive Erik ten Hag seemed content to escape with a point.

Unsurprisingly, players on both sides of this famous old rivalry incited the ire of an underwhelmed public.

A much-hyped contest short on goalmouth action was littered with errors. Liverpool, in particular, were desperately wasteful.

Diogo Dalot, bless him, tried to liven things up with a stoppage-time red card. The Portuguese full-back appealed for a throw-in after the ball appeared to come off a red sock but referee Michael Oliver gave the decision to Liverpool – much to Dalot’s evident dismay.

Not content with one yellow card to punish the volley of abuse directed at him, Oliver handed Dalot two bookings in rapid succession.

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